Under the supervision of Pediatric Infectious Diseases faculty members, our trainees -- medical students, pediatric residents, and PID fellows -- care for children with a wide variety of both common and uncommon infections. Many patients served by our hospital are immunosuppressed because of cancer chemotherapy, primary immunodeficiency diseases, HIV infection, immunomodulatory treatment, or immunosuppression associated with organ transplantation, and develop challenging infections.
C.S. Mott Children's Hospital also serves pediatric general surgery and subspecialty surgery patients (thoracic and cardiovascular surgery, urology, orthopedics, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, ophthalmology, and otolaryngology) with complex surgical problems that often present challenging infectious diseases questions. Our division is closely integrated with the hospital bacteriology, mycology, parasitology and virology laboratories and the fellows serve rotations in these areas.
PID fellows participate in weekly clinical conferences within the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Division, including case conferences, small group discussion, and teaching sessions. Joint conferences in conjunction with the Internal Medicine Infectious Diseases service provide additional infectious disease teaching opportunities. In addition, our fellows participate in general pediatric conferences such as Grand Rounds, case conferences, and morning report.
PID fellows follow their patients in the Pediatric Infectious Diseases outpatient clinic to facilitate continuity care of patients. The Pediatric Infectious Disease Consultation service usually consists of a supervising faculty member, a fellow, one or two pediatric residents, one or two fourth-year medical students, a clinical pediatric infectious diseases pharmacist, an infectious diseases pharmacy resident, and one or two pharmacy students.
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In the first year of training, fellows attend a twice-weekly outpatient PID clinic on site at C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital, evaluate and care for patients on the inpatient PID consultation service at C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital, and attend clinical ID conferences (e.g., Clinical Microbiology Lab Teaching Rounds, Case Conferences, Small Group Discussion Sessions, etc.). Fellows will also have the ability to see patients in the multidisciplinary Immuno-Hematology clinic evaluating patients at risk for infection due to known or suspected primary immunodeficiencies. Fellows will also be able to have exposure to the Antimicrobial Stewardship and Infection Prevention activities of the division. During this year, fellows will have dedicated time to begin working with a mentor on a scholarly activity/research project and the fellow will learn how to develop the project concept into a grant-style application. Fellows will begin gathering data for their scholarly activity project and will meet with a scholarly advisory committee to help guide their progress.
During the second year of training, the outpatient clinic activity is maintained, and inpatient clinical rotations are incorporated into the fellows' schedule. The intensity of independence is increased as fellows prepare to take on leadership duties in their third year of training. Fellows continue gathering data for their scholarly activity/research projects and will prepare abstracts for presentation at conferences, including the annual Infectious Diseases Society of America ID Week Conference and/or the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society-St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital annual conference, among others.
During the third year of training, inpatient rotations on clinical services and clinic activities are continued. Fellows are expected to demonstrate increasing clinical confidence and independence as they near the end of their fellowship. The third year fellow will also assume some administrative and leadership duties that include scheduling and coordinating the clinic schedules for all trainees in the program. Fellows will finish their chosen research project and prepare the work for publication and dissemination.