The University of North Carolina Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship Program
The Division of Pediatric Infectious Disease at UNC offers a supportive training environment for physician researchers to receive a comprehensive educational experience, drawing on our close relationship with other world-class clinical teachers and researchers within the UNC School of Medicine community. Our training program consists of a comprehensive clinical and research experience spanning three years. This program is intended for physicians who desire to pursue a career in academic medicine that combines clinical, research, and educational activities.
Clinical Training in Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Clinical experience spans the UNC Inpatient Pediatric Infectious Disease Consult Service and outpatient Pediatric Infectious Disease and HIV Clinics. Specific goals for the Pediatric Infectious Disease services at UNC are:
- Provide care to a broad spectrum of in-patients and out-patients with infectious diseases and complications due to bacterial, viral, fungal, parasitic infections and/or fever without a source or fever of unknown origin.
- Develop diagnostic and therapeutic skills as related to the infectious complications of patients who have solid organ transplants, HIV / AIDS, neutropenia, hepatitis, malignancies, dialysis, or other immunocompromising conditions.
- Develop skill selecting and prescribing antimicrobial agents, with special emphasis on pharmacology, and skills in antimicrobial stewardship.
- Gain consultative skill through “first-call” interactions with hospital staff and outside referring healthcare providers.
- Develop skills in clinical and diagnostic microbiology through weekly microbiology rounds.
- Develop administrative and management skills though supervision of house-staff and students.
- Develop teaching skills though organization, presentation, and discussion in clinical case conferences and other educational settings.
Inpatient Training at UNC Hospitals
Fellows rotate on the inpatient consulting service for 6 months during their first year, and 2 months each during the second and third years.
The subspecialty fellows spend a half-day session each week that they are not on inpatient service during the 1st year of training and a half-day two times per month in their second and third year of training.
Additional Clinical Training
Our curriculum is very flexible and duration and participation in some rotations is dependent upon the fellow’s specific interests. The additional clinical experiences in specialized settings noted below augment clinical training:
- Local Health Department (TB and/or STD clinics
- UNC Immunocompromised Host Infectious Disease (ICID) Clinical Service
- UNC Burn Center
- Clinical Microbiology Laboratory
- Hospital Epidemiology / Infection Control
- Antimicrobial Stewardship Team (with required quality improvement project)
- State Health Department Outbreak Investigations
- National Committee Attendance (e.g. CDC ACIP)
*Sample 1st Year training schedule:
|Inpatient Peds ID consulting service = 2 vs 4wk blocks|
|Research = 2 vs 4wk blocks|
|Vacation = 2wk blocks|
|Micro||Microbiology = 2 wk block|
|ASP||Antibiotic Stewardship = 2 wk block|
|ICID/Burn||Immunocompromised Host ID & Burn Unit = 2 wk block|
|IP/HD||Infection Prevention & Health Department (TB clinic) = 2 wk block|
*Sample 2nd Year training schedule: