As a fellow, you’ll provide care for a variety of inpatients on the pediatric infectious diseases consultation service. Inpatient rotations are primarily at the American Family Children’s Hospital, with some consultation services also provided to nearby community hospitals.
In concert with the philosophy of graduated responsibility with increasing experience, first-year fellows provide consultation services and supervise patient care by the pediatric residents, with close oversight by the attending faculty. In your second year, you’ll take a more primary role in supervising patient care during times on service. The attending physician is involved daily in decision making and is available for ongoing oversight and input. In your third year, you’ll generally assume responsibility for the management of inpatients and consults with the attending faculty on complex cases.
You’ll also be expected to take primary responsibility for the care of patients seen during inpatient consultations in the outpatient clinic, as well as patients seen for new outpatient consults. Because the pediatric infectious diseases service follows a limited number of patients for chronic diseases, it’s critical that you develop a longitudinal relationship with a selected group of patients and families during your training. For outpatient experiences, we follow the same philosophy of graduated responsibility as we do for inpatient experiences.
In your first year of fellowship, you’ll explore areas of research or scholarship that would be of interest to you. You’ll then commit to an individualized project and have substantial protected time in your second and third years to complete it. Potential research projects are available both within the pediatric infectious diseases division and in collaboration with other divisions. Current research topics within our division are:
- Molecular pathogenesis of blastomycosis
- Defending against systemic mycoses
- Regulation of vaccine anti-fungal TH17 cells
- Antimicrobial therapy for acute bacterial sinusitis in children
- Clinical features of human meta pneumovirus (hMPV) infection of the lower respiratory tract in children at high risk for severe disease
- Prophylactic antimicrobials in children with vesicoureteral reflux
- Surveillance for rates of pertussis disease and estimates of vaccine efficacy
- Outcomes and risk factors of RSV infection among premature infants
- Discovery of natural product-based drugs from bacterial symbionts of insects
- Vaccine clinical trials
- Factors related to influenza transmission in school settings
- Arboviral coinfections and related morbidity
- Optimizing transitions of care for HIV-infected adolescents
As a fellow, you’ll enhance the department’s education program through interactions with medical students and residents on the wards, in conferences and in the clinics. You’ll present lectures within the pediatrics and infectious diseases conference schedules, as well as to other divisions. We require you to present at pediatric grand rounds in your third year of fellowship.
You will benefit from a wide array of educational offerings in collaboration with our colleagues in adult infectious diseases. Shared case conferences and a didactic lecture series supplement the pediatric infectious diseases curriculum. Our close proximity to diagnostic clinical laboratory services ensures opportunity to spend time in microbiology, virology, mycology and molecular diagnostic testing sites.
You’ll also have the opportunity to work with faculty and staff from programs outside our department, including the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, the UW Global Health Institute, and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health’s Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology and Department of Population Health.
In addition, the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology offers the NIH-funded Microbes in Health and Disease (MHD) Training Program, which is available to fund up to 3 years of research training for Infectious Disease Fellows. Visit the program's website to learn more about how you can benefit from this educational opportunity.
Finally, you’ll be able to interact with national organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Public Health Association, the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society, American Society of Microbiology, the Society for Pediatric Research, the Infectious Disease Society of America, and many others. Fellows are encouraged to submit abstracts and receive departmental support for invitations to present their work. The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society offers a Fellows Survival Guide to help you navigate fellowship both prior to and during your training.