Infectious Disease Fellowship

Curriculum  

The fellowship curriculum is structured to give the learner a solid foundation of knowledge in clinical pediatric infectious disease while maximizing scholarly productivity to prepare the fellow for a career in academic medicine. The fellow will spend the majority of the first year learning clinical infectious disease. At the start of fellowship, they will spend one to two months rotating in the diagnostic microbiology laboratory to learn aspects of laboratory science that are crucial for the infectious disease clinician. During this time, fellows will work directly with faculty in various fields of clinical diagnostics including bacteriology, virology, and mycology. They will also have the opportunity to participate in ongoing research projects in the lab. Fellows will spend one month of the first fellowship year rotating with the adult infectious disease group on inpatient service.

The second and third years of fellowship are dedicated to research, and the schedule is designed to allow the fellow maximum time to dedicate themselves to research. During the first year, fellows will meet with potential research mentors and decide on a project. Many research mentors are available in the section, department and medical school. In the next two years, fellows will design and perform a research project in collaboration with research faculty. Fellows are expected to present research findings at regional and national scientific meetings. Submission of a research manuscript for publication is expected by the fellow by the end of the fellowship. Fellows can also participate in the medical school’s Clinical Investigator and Translational Education (CITE) program, which provides the opportunity for a Master of Science in Clinical Research. Core classes include research methods, study design, biostatistics, and grant writing. During the program, the fellow will conduct research with their mentor. During fellowship, the infectious disease fellows will participate in the formal fellowship courses in the shared curriculum for all pediatric fellows at Indiana University.

The bulk of the clinical exposure will occur in the inpatient setting and in the first year of fellowship. The fellow will lead the infectious disease team consisting of medical students, pharmacy students, and residents in various fields. Fellows will perform consultations on patients with a diversity of medical conditions from the newborn age period to adulthood. Fellows will be expected to participate in phone consultations from community practitioners while on inpatient service. Faculty will be available at all times by phone to supervise these encounters. The outpatient clinical experience will occur throughout the course of fellowship. Fellows will have their own panel of patients and will attend one ½ day clinic per week. They will longitudinal care to pediatric HIV patients and perform consultations on patients referred from the community. The outpatient experience in the first year will also include dedicated time in the pediatric immunology clinic as well as the adolescent/young adult STI clinic.

The pediatric infectious disease section operates a robust infection control and prevention program as well as a formal antimicrobial stewardship program. Fellows will spend time with faculty and staff in these areas during their clinical experience.

Fellows will participate in regularly scheduled educational conferences that occur weekly and monthly. These include weekly case conferences for pediatric and adult infectious disease, weekly textbook chapter/board review for pediatric fellows, and monthly journal clubs. Fellows will be expected to attend and participate in pediatric resident conferences and pediatric grand rounds.