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.