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Curriculum

The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship includes 12 months of intensive clinical training and 24 months of clinical or laboratory-based research.

Clinical Training

The majority of your first year will be spent in clinical activities, including the inpatient and outpatient care of infectious diseases in children with complex medical and surgical problems. You will provide care for many children with cancer or those undergoing stem cell or solid organ transplantation.

You also will 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.

Rotations

A typical rotation schedule includes:

Clinical microbiology course 2 months
Pediatric Infectious Diseases Hospital Service 8 months
Pediatric Infectious Diseases Outpatient Clinic 3 months
Travel and Tropical Medicine Clinic 1 month
Research 18-24 months
Electives 4 months

Electives

Elective time is available for additional training in:

  • Travel and tropical medicine
  • Microbiology
  • Adult infectious diseases
  • Transplant infectious diseases
  • Orthopedic infectious diseases
  • Infection control
  • Off-campus clinical rotations
  • International clinical rotations
  • Molecular biology course

Didactic Training

Mayo Clinic's Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program 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

Research Training
At Mayo Clinic, we believe research experience is integral to the training of an academic pediatric infectious diseases specialist.

The Mayo Graduate School course "Practical Aspects of Research with Pediatric and Adolescent Subjects" meets for one hour every other week from January to June. This excellent course is required for first-year pediatric infectious diseases fellows in order to prepare them for their research years.

You will have the opportunity to choose between two tracks.

If you are interested in patient-oriented or epidemiologic research, you are encouraged to complete a master's degree through the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded Clinical Research Training Program. Epidemiologic research has focused on community-acquired respiratory infections, nosocomial infections (including Clostridium difficile) and tuberculosis.

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 Pediatric Infectious Diseases Board Examination

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Call Frequency
Fellows take call from home on the evenings/weekends that they are assigned to the hospital service. Fellows will take call one weekend per month during second and third years when not on hospital service.

Teaching Opportunities
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 per year. During their third year, the fellows present their research at pediatric grand rounds/research conference.

Evaluation
At the end of each rotation, the faculty completes written evaluations for each fellow. Faculty 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, to review short-term and long-term goals, and to address any areas of concern that the fellow or program director may have. The fellow meets on the same frequency with his/her research mentor to discuss the progress of the research project.

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