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Fellowships: Pediatric Infectious Diseases (3yr)

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The Pediatric Infectious Diseases (ID) Fellowship Training Program, accredited by the ACGME, is based at Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters (CHKD) in Norfolk, Virginia. This free-standing children's hospital provides a broad range of primary, secondary and tertiary care services to a variety of patients.

This enriching opportunity exists with goals to: provide pediatric ID fellows with the background knowledge, clinical and research experience necessary to allow them to deliver optimal care to children with infectious diseases; qualify trainees for ID subspecialty board certification by the American Board of Pediatrics; and prepare pediatric ID fellows for a career in academic pediatric medicine.

PGY2 applicants to the Fellowship program use the ERAS system to submit their documentation. After review of the submitted documents by the fellowship faculty, invitations for face-to-face interviews are sent out to applicants, usually during December, with a request to interview by before late February. Fellow selection is completed by the end of March, for entry into the training program on July 1 the following year. One fellow is accepted per year.

Curriculum - Training and Experience

Clinical Component
Clinical training under supervision of Program faculty is the major emphasis of the first year. With increasing experience, the fellow is given more responsibility for clinical evaluation, diagnosis and management in both direct patient care and consultation services. Fellow competency in areas of patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism and systems based practice is the objective of this clinical training.

Teaching Component
Through the duration of the fellowship, didactic instruction in basic concepts of microbiologic diagnosis, ID management, ID therapeutics, ID prevention, immunology/host defense related to infectious diseases, infection control, epidemiology and statistics are given. Both weekly (Tidewater Infectious Disease Conference, Pediatric Infectious Disease Divisional meeting and Pediatric Grand Rounds) and monthly (CHKD Resident Research Conference series) conferences are the major components of the didactic teaching program. Fellow attendance at these conferences is mandatory.

Fellows are also involved in the education of housestaff and students through presentation of cases at the weekly Tidewater Infectious Disease Conference, presentation of didactic lectures to residents and students on selected pediatric infectious disease topics, teaching of residents and students at the patient's bedside, and participation in the Clinical Correlate Session presented to MSII students as part of the EVMS Microbiology & Immunology Course.

Fellows are also encouraged to participate annually in the Department of Pediatrics "Research Day" Grand Rounds which provides an opportunity for oral presentation of research results to Department and Community pediatric faculty, pediatric residents and students.

Research Component
During the second and third years, each fellow initiates one (or more) research project under the mentorship and supervision of a Training Program faculty member. Research projects may be basic research, clinical research or public-health related research. Each fellow is expected to deliver at least one presentation at a national meeting and publish at least one peer-reviewed manuscript describing the results of their research activities.

For each project, the fellow is responsible for developing a 3-5 page written research plan that includes sections that state the Hypothesis, Specific Aims, provide an Introduction and Background, Planned Methods and Anticipated Results. Over the course of the proposed project, each fellow will be responsible for its implementation and performance, data analysis and abstract/manuscript preparation under the guidance of their faculty mentor/supervisor. All program faculty members are available for consultation on a fellow's research projects.

Our Training Sites and Local Area

PRIMARY CLINICAL SITE: CHKD, located immediately adjacent to the Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) campus. All major pediatric subspecialties with their required clinical environments (including a Level III NICU, a pediatric Emergency Department and pediatric Intensive Care Unit) are present within CHKD.

SECONDARY CLINICAL SITE: Sentara Norfolk General Hospital (SNGH), located adjacent to CHKD and physically connected to it by 2nd, 3rd and 4th floor walkways. The Level I and II nurseries are located on the 4th floor of SNGH and are staffed by the EVMS/CHKD Department of Pediatrics.

RESEARCH SITE: E.V. Williams Hall, found 1/8 mile south of CHKD on the South Campus of EVMS. This facility encompasses 27,000 sq. ft. in two buildings, including a 17,000 sq. ft. laboratory facility. The remaining Williams Hall facilities include office space, patient examination rooms, conference room space and laboratory support facilities (walk-in cold rooms, tissue culture rooms, heavy equipment rooms).

Norfolk is known for its proximity to Atlantic Ocean beaches and inlets, providing world-class fishing, boating, water sports and other outdoor activities. The local community has exciting cultural events and opportunities with the added bonus of being a short drive away from the Shenandoah Valley and major family-friendly theme parks. The hospital referral base in Hampton Roads is nearly 2 million people, and the hospital serves as the heart of a wide-spread, integrated, community-based child health system.

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ID Stats
Inpatient Admissions:
~ 200 / year

Inpatient Consults:
~ 325 / year

Outpatient Visits:
~ 2000 / year