The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship includes 12 months of intensive clinical training and 24 months of clinical or laboratory-based research.
The majority of your first year is spent in clinical activities, including the inpatient and outpatient care of infectious diseases in children with complex medical and surgical problems. You provide care for many children with cancer or those undergoing stem cell or solid-organ transplantation.
You also rotate through the international clinic, the travel and tropical medicine clinic, and the HIV clinic. In addition, two months during the first year is spent in the clinical microbiology laboratory.
A typical rotation schedule for the three years includes:
|Clinical microbiology course
|Pediatric infectious diseases hospital service
|Pediatric infectious diseases outpatient clinic
|Travel and tropical medicine clinic
Elective time is available for additional training in:
- Travel and tropical medicine
- Adult infectious diseases
- Transplant infectious diseases
- Orthopedic infectious diseases
- Infection control
- Off-campus clinical rotations
- International clinical rotations
- Molecular biology course
Mayo Clinic's Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship has an extensive didactic training program that includes:
- Weekly clinical case conference involving current patients on the pediatric infectious diseases hospital service
- Weekly case conference held jointly with the adult infectious diseases service
- Weekly core curriculum lecture series
- Weekly Pediatric Grand Rounds
- Monthly pediatric infectious diseases journal club
- Monthly Infection and Immunity Club dinner meeting with renowned invited speakers
At Mayo Clinic, we believe research experience is integral to the training of an academic pediatric infectious diseases specialist.
The Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences course "Principles and Practices of Pediatric Research" meets for one hour every other week from January to June. This course is required for first-year pediatric infectious diseases fellows to prepare them for their research years.
You have the opportunity to choose between two tracks:
- Patient-oriented or epidemiologic research. If you are interested in patient-oriented or epidemiologic research, you are encouraged to complete a postdoctoral master's degree through the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS). Epidemiologic research has focused on community-acquired respiratory infections, nosocomial infections (including Clostridium difficile) and tuberculosis.
- Laboratory-based research. If you are interested in laboratory-based research, you can choose a mentor based on your particular research interests. Major areas of laboratory-based research interest include molecular determinants of HIV disease progression, genetic determinants of immune response to vaccines, and the development of new diagnostic microbiologic tests.
Your research will lead to the development of a presentation at a national meeting and the preparation of a manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. This qualifies you to sit for the Subboard of Pediatric Infectious Diseases examination through the American Board of Pediatrics.
Fellows take call from home on the evenings and weekends that they are assigned to the hospital service. Fellows take call one weekend a month during their second and third years when not on hospital service.
Fellows have ample opportunities for teaching residents and medical students in the clinical setting. They also participate in morning report and the weekly chief's conference while on hospital service. In addition, they are assigned to give one noontime lecture to the residents each year.
During their third year, the fellows present their research at Pediatric Grand Rounds and a research conference.
At the end of each rotation, faculty members complete written evaluations for each fellow. Faculty members are encouraged to discuss these evaluations directly with the fellow. Fellows meet informally with the program director each month to monitor progress and discuss any programmatic issues of interest to the fellow.
In addition, fellows meet with the program director twice yearly in a more formal meeting to go over faculty evaluations, review short-term and long-term goals, and address any areas of concern that the fellow or program director may have. The fellow meets on the same frequency with his or her research mentor to discuss the progress of the research project.