Infectious Disease Fellowship

Description of Activities


Clinical Activities

Inpatient Service
The bulk of the clinical experience in fellowship is the inpatient rotations. The fellow is the leader of a large team of residents and students. The team provides care to both a primary pediatric infectious disease service as well as a consultation service. Patients with suspected and known infections are seen on general pediatric wards, subspecialty wards, the emergency department, and the pediatric and neonatal ICU’s. Patients are admitted from the Riley Emergency Department or transferred from external facilities. While on the inpatient rotation, the fellow runs the service and provides education to the learners in the form of bedside teaching and formal didactics.

Outpatient General ID Clinic
(Thursday afternoons, weekly)
Fellows run a weekly 1/2 day clinic where they see new referrals and hospital follow-ups. Every effort is made to allow the fellows to see a diverse set of diagnoses throughout their training. Student and resident learners often rotate in the clinic, and the fellows provide bedside and formal teaching.

Pediatric HIV Clinic
(Tuesday mornings, monthly)
Fellows spend one 1/2 day per month in HIV clinic where they accrue a panel of HIV patients to whom they provide longitudinal care. Didactic sessions on HIV topics are given by faculty members at each session.

Immunology Clinic
(Wednesday mornings, monthly)
In the first year of fellowship, fellows spend one ½ day per month in immunology clinic at Riley Hospital. The focus is on the evaluation of the child with suspected primary immunodeficiency. The fellow works directly with the immunology attending and extensive teaching is provided.

STI/HIV Training Course
Fellows participate in a week-long course held in the fall every two years. During this period, they attend teaching sessions on sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, and participate in the STI clinic during this time.


Regularly Scheduled Educational Activities

Pediatric ID Conference
(Tuesdays, 12:00 - 1:00PM)
This is our section's main weekly meeting. A diversity of topics is presented including teaching cases, literature reviews, and research works in progress. Journal club and morbidity and mortality presentations are incorporated in this conference. Fellows and faculty participate in this conference.

Internal Medicine ID Case Conference
(Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:00PM)
ID fellows from IU internal medicine fellowship program present interesting clinical cases with short didactics. Our pediatric ID fellows present at this conference twice yearly.

Food Truck Rounds
(Thursdays, 12:00 - 1:00PM)
This is our weekly case conference. On "Treat Yourself Thursdays", food trucks from Indianapolis come to Riley Hospital and donate a portion of their proceeds to the Riley Children's Foundation. Fellows and faculty can grab lunch and present interesting and challenging cases to each other. The focus of the meeting is for fellows to develop detailed differential diagnoses and management plans. 

Sarah Long Club
(Fridays, 12:00 - 1:00PM)
Faculty and fellows lead these review sessions of selected chapters from Principles and Practice of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, 4th edition (Long, Pickering, & Prober). Key principles from each chapter are highlighted with a specific focus on board exam objectives. Faculty and fellows share cases relevant to the chapter being discussed and incorporate additional educational material when applicable, including sample test questions for board review. The entirety of the textbook will be reviewed every three years.


Additional Conferences

Pediatric Grand Rounds
(Wednesdays, 8:00 - 9:00AM)
This conference incorporates a wide range of topics in pediatrics. Experts from institutions throughout the country are invited to present the latest in pediatric research, education, and clinical care.

Pediatric Resident Morning Report and Noon Conference
(Daily Except Wednesdays, 12:00 - 1:15PM)
Resident teams rotate presenting cases, followed by didactic sessions given by fellows and faculty. The ID fellows are expected to present at this conference at least twice yearly.

Wells Center Research Conference
(Thursdays, 12:00 -1:00PM)
Presentations from global leaders in their fields on a variety of pediatric research topics.

Clinical Microbiology Plate Rounds and Didactic
(Tuesdays, 11:00AM -12:00PM; Thursdays, 9:00 - 10:00AM)
These conferences are led by faculty in clinical pathology and provide case-based examples to highlight the diagnostic workup important in the microbiology laboratory. Fellows are required to attend these sessions during their two months on microbiology rotation and are encouraged to attend while on other rotations.


Call Schedule on Inpatient Service Months

  • Fellows are first call for all inpatients at Riley Hospital each weekday from 7:00AM - 5:00PM.
  • Overnight Call: Fellows take calls from Riley Hospital and outside physicians from 5:00PM - 7:00AM. Overnight call occurs twice weekly on weekdays.
  • Weekend Call: Fellows are expected to work one weekend per month. They are on call from Friday at 5:00PM until Monday at 7:00AM.