Infectious Disease Fellowship

Goals and Objectives

Clinical Objectives

  1. Know the common and uncommon presentations of pediatric infectious diseases
    • Rank as important the presenting signs and symptoms of the disease
  2. Demonstrate history taking for common problems by demonstration through direct faculty observation and presentation to faculty
    • For less common problems or uncommon problems through discussion of cases seen in conjunction with other services and/or presentation of classic cases in the literature
  3. Demonstrate proper physical exam technique for common problems by demonstration through direct faculty observation
    • For less common problems or uncommon problems through discussion of classical findings in these diseases
  4. List the differential diagnosis for common complaints and infections
    • Distinguish the overlap of diseases within a differential
    • Rank as important the differential diagnosis for each disease
  5. Describe the workup for each disease including distinguishing between diseases in the differential diagnosis
  6. Present to the faculty a treatment plan for treating each disease [years 1-3 with increasing independence]
  7. Demonstrate proficiency in writing clinical notes summarizing history, physical, differential diagnosis, workup, diagnostic and treatment plan
  8. With increasing level of training: the fellow will demonstrate increased awareness of the subtleties of diagnostic dilemmas. The fellow will be given increasing supervisory responsibilities with continued oversight by the faculty
  9. Understand the role of the diagnostic microbiology laboratory in the management of children with infections
  10. Properly utilize available testing in the workup of patients with suspected infections

Research Objectives

  1. 1st year: explore research interests and meet with potential faculty mentors to design and initiate a research project; research project may begin in first year.
  2. 2nd and 3rd years: will lead and execute a formal research project with their research mentor in basic, clinical, and/or translational research
  3. Present research results at regional and national meetings
  4. Submit research manuscript for publication
  5. Meet quarterly with a scholarly oversight committee to oversee and assess the research progress of the fellow
  6. Participate in the CITE program
    • Attend courses designed to provide the researcher necessary tools to develop a successful research career
    • If desired, fellows can obtain a master of science in clinical research during fellowship training
  7. Prepare for a career in academic medicine
    • Participate in research during fellowship
    • Submit and publish results in medical journals
    • Apply for research grants during fellowship
    • Network and collaborate with researchers at IU and elsewhere

Education Objectives

  1. Participate on the inpatient pediatric infectious disease team as the team leader
  2. Provide supervision and instruction to residents and students
  3. Provide bedside and formal teaching to team members
  4. Provide teaching to residents and students on the outpatient infectious disease elective
  5. Present didactic lectures to pediatric residents
  6. Present at pediatrics departmental grand rounds
  7. Participate in regularly scheduled section conferences
    • Weekly case conference (pediatric and adult ID)
    • Weekly board review/textbook chapter review
    • Monthly journal club