Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Clinical & Research Training

Clinical

Clinical training provides a wide range of experiences in neonatal, infant, child and adolescent infectious diseases in both inpatient and outpatient settings. From these experiences trainees are able to identify clinical dilemmas, often using clinical observations as the substrate for laboratory or patient-oriented research. One year of inpatient clinical training is provided, and weekly outpatient pediatric infectious diseases clinics extends through the 3 years of training. Outpatient training opportunities are available in Immunology, Ear-Nose-Throat, HIV, and International Adoption.

Most inpatient clinical time is spent at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital. Other clinical rotations take place at Children's Hospitals and Clinics-Minneapolis and at Hennepin County Medical Center. Children cared for at these facilities have a wide range of infections seen in both normal and immunocompromised hosts. During clinical rotations, the trainee will be supported in developing teaching conferences and lectures. These often focus on interesting cases or topics of interest to the clinical service. The trainee acts in a supervisory role for pediatric residents in the inpatient and outpatient settings, developing their preceptor skills. 

Clinical microbiology experience is gained by daily rounds with Dr. Ferrieri in the hospital's Clinical Microbiology Laboratory while the fellow is on the inpatient service. In the Laboratory the trainee learns the specialized array of microbiology tests and laboratory features of clinical infectious diseases. A similar experience is available with Dr. Balfour in the Clinical Virology Laboratory.

Research

The trainee meets formally during the first months of training with Division faculty to discuss research goals and possible projects. Following these one-on-one discussions, the trainee will chose a mentor, and start development of a formal laboratory or patient-oriented research project. The outline for this project will be completed before the end of the first year, and then implemented during the second and third years. In some cases, implementation begins during the first year of training. By the end of the training period, the trainee will have presented the results of the research at a national meeting (such as SPR, ICAAC, or IDSA), prepared a manuscript for publication, under the supervision of their mentor, and prepared a research grant application for external funding.

Throughout the three years of training, fellows will receive informal and formal training in research methodology, research ethics, biostatistics, scientific publication preparation, and grant writing. It is expected that trainees will acquire the skills to submit strong applications for grant funding.