The University of North Carolina Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship program, located in Chapel Hill, NC, is an ACGME fully accredited three-year subspecialty program designed to prepare pediatricians for careers in academic and clinical pediatric infectious diseases.
A welcome message from Tom Belhorn, MD, PhD.
We are very pleased that you are considering the University of North Carolina and North Carolina Children’s Hospital for your training in pediatric infectious disease. Our program offers our trainees a wide range of clinical experiences in a vibrant, diverse population. Our Division is also committed to providing formal training in research, with allocation of significant protected time and superb mentorship. The UNC Pediatric Infectious Disease fellowship program is still young, but we have the experience, resources and environment to provide an excellent, well-rounded, balanced training experience to motivated fellows.
Fellows experience a wide breadth of clinical cases while having a healthy work-life balance and sufficient time for research endeavors. Clinical requirements include 12 months of Pediatric ID and HIV in-patient and out-patient training in the North Carolina Children’s Hospital and associated clinics. Case conferences, board review, journal club, and didactic lectures augment education. Flexible, innovative opportunities in infection control, antimicrobial stewardship, STD and TB clinics, state outbreak investigations, clinical microbiology, the Compromised Host and Burn Unit afford breadth in clinical training.
UNC maintains internationally recognized research programs in basic, translational and clinical science. As of 2019, UNC ranked 6th nationally in federal research funding; the Gillings School of Global Public Health ranked 3rd among US schools of public health in NIH funding and 1st among public universities. Faculty in our division have research expertise in areas including bacterial immunopathogenesis, chlamydia pathogenesis, vaccine development, HIV, Hepatitis B, antimicrobial stewardship and medical education. As our fellows may pursue research with mentors in adult infectious disease, basic science, public health or global health, research opportunities are almost endless.
Our faculty understand the importance of developing academic research skills while attending to clinical duties. Fellows have 24 months of protected research time. During this time, they design and execute an original research project with the goal of publication and presentation at infectious disease-related scientific meetings. We welcome fellows to pursue advanced degrees during their fellowship.
Offering a rich fellowship experience is vital to the goals of our division. We seek to train well-rounded Pediatric Infectious Disease specialists who will become the leaders in clinical care, research and education in the future.