The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship at the University of Chicago is a three-year ACGME accredited program. Following completion of the program, fellows are poised to assume an academic, clinical, or basic research position depending on their interests. Our program provides rigorous exposure to an extremely diverse and medically complex clinical service at Comer Children's Hospital in addition to a myriad of research opportunities both within and outside of the Section of Pediatric Infectious Diseases. Our program offers flexibility in the design of the individual fellowship program so as to address the many different settings in which our trainees may function as Pediatric Infectious Diseases subspecialists upon fellowship graduation. Academic and research areas of interest include but are not limited to infection prevention, antimicrobial stewardship, quality improvement, pediatric/adolescent HIV prevention and outreach, Hepatitis C, and basic science and translational research realated to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and toxoplasmosis infections. Fellows are also given the opportunity to gain outpatient exposure via participation in a variety of clinical settings to include general pediatric ID clinic at Comer Children's, a federally qualified health center, travel clinic, community-wide immunization programs, and adoption clinic.
The fellowship program is comprised of 12 months of clinical experience and 24 months of research. During the first year of training, fellows will spend 8 months on the inpatient clinical service (including 1 month of Adult ID inpatient service), 1 month in the Clinical Diagnostic Microbiology Laboratory, and 1 month on the Infection Control/Antimicrobial Stewardship rotation. The second and third years of training are dedicated to research with only 2 months of clinical service being required in each of these years. The fellowship experience is supplemented with didactic lectures that will assist in the preparation of fellows to sit for the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Pediatric Infectious Diseases Certifying Examination at the completion of the training program.