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Infectious Diseases - Fellowship


 
 

Overview

The University of Colorado School of Medicine (UCSOM) offers a three-year, well-rounded fellowship training program in the field of Pediatric Infectious Diseases. The program is run by the UCSOM Section of Pediatric Infectious Disease and has its clinical base at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Dr. Sarah Parker is the Director of the Fellowship Training Program.  The goals of our fellowship program are to prepare the fellow for a career in academic medicine, with strong emphasis on excellence in clinical care, teaching, and productive and independent research. The first year of the fellowship is devoted primarily to clinical training, education, and experience, and the second and third years are devoted to research activities with continued training in the outpatient and continuity aspects of the field.  We have sixteen infectious diseases faculty, investigating a wide breadth of clinical and basic research topics, please see faculty link for details.

The Pediatric Infectious Diseases fellowship program has been fully accredited by the Residency Review Committee of ACGME since 1998. Our Fellowship participates in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). We have three to four fellows at any one time, accepting one to two fellows per year for our three year fellowship.

 

Overview

The first year of fellowship is dedicated to acquiring clinical proficiency in both inpatient and outpatient aspects of Pediatric Infectious Disease. Children’s Hospital Colorado is a freestanding, busy, 536 bed tertiary care hospital serving a wide geographic area and broad demographic population. The hospital is part of the Anschutz Medical Campus, which also is home to the University of Colorado Hospital (adult and maternal-fetal), three multi-story research complexes, and UCSOM.

We have 16 board certified Pediatric Infectious Diseases subspecialists, who are all key teaching faculty. Our fellows emerge clinically confident in Pediatric Infectious Diseases care, able to address ID issues in the previously well child to the most medically complicated child. The Pediatric Infectious Diseases service consults on 400-450 inpatients and acute outpatients per year.

 

Inpatient Training

The first-year fellow covers approximately 6 months of the inpatient service, with the additional months covered by the second and third year fellows. While on the consult service, the fellow sees all in-hospital and acute outpatient consultations under the supervision and mentorship of the Attending Pediatric Infectious Diseases physician. Emphasis is placed on developing an accurate differential diagnosis, learning the methods of evaluating and treating the child, and taking care of the family's needs. The fellow will be exposed to a full range of infectious disease issues in a diverse patient setting. We also have an antimicrobial stewardship program, and two transplant infectious diseases specialists.

 

Outpatient Training

All fellows also share a rich outpatient experience with half-day Pediatric Infectious Diseases and HIV clinics. The outpatient Pediatric Infectious Diseases clinic has over 1000 visits per year. The UCSOM has an active HIV program for children, youth and women called the Children’s Hospital Immunodeficiency Program (CHIP) that provides care to over 300 HIV infected persons with regular continuity and follow-up.

 

Supplemental Training

Additionally, during the first year, the fellow will rotate through the microbiology and virology laboratories at the University of Colorado Hospital and will complete a microbiology mini-course at Children’s Hospital Colorado.

 

Elective Experience

Electives during fellowship include rotations in Infection Control, Tuberculosis clinic, Infectious Diseases consultative service at Denver Health Medical Center, Adolescent HIV clinic, Travel Clinic, Immunodeficiency clinic at National Jewish Health, and Adult Infectious Diseases service at University of Colorado Hospital.

 

Global Health Experience

Our program has an established practice agreement at various sites in Guatemala and Peru where a fellow may rotate for a clinical experience, or perform research. Fellows may also pursue other international experiences in conjunction with the fellowship director.

 

Night Call

Weekend call for fellows is divided among the fellows and averages every third to fourth weekend. Weeknight call is covered by the inpatient fellow. Fellows are supervised by a designated Infectious Disease attending at all times.

 

 

Research opportunities

Our fellows not only with our world-renowned faculty, but with other researchers on the UCSOM campus and at affiliated research centers. We have strong ties with the University of Colorado Center for Global Health, a division of the School of Public Health; the Children’s Hospital Colorado Adolescent HIV program; Denver Health Medical Center; the CDC Arboviral Diseases Branch in Fort Collins, Colorado; the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment; the UCSOM section of Adult Infectious Diseases; the UCSOM Department of Microbiology; and National Jewish Health. Children's Hospital Colorado is also home to an NIH-supported CCTSI (Colorado Clinical and Translational Science Institute) that is available to fellows and faculty to assist with performance of clinical investigations.

 

Getting Started with Research

To get started with the research process, the Program Director meets with new fellows during the first few months of training to explain the process of choosing a research mentor and project. The director and the fellow mutually agree on an interim mentor to help guide the selection process. This selection process is to be completed within the first 6 months of fellowship training. The fellow begins the process by meeting with each faculty member, not only to learn about his/her research, but the research of others in the larger research community, based on the fellow’s interest. After choosing a prospective mentor, the fellow will discuss this choice with the Fellowship Director and interim mentor, and the Fellowship Director will in turn verify plans with the mentor and clarify the responsibilities of the research mentor with the selected faculty member.

 

Time Devoted to Research 

The second and third years of training are primarily devoted to research training.  The Fellowship Director holds twice-yearly individual meetings with each fellow to discuss all aspects of the fellowship training program, with special emphasis on his/her research project and the mentorship provided by the research mentor. Each fellow presents twice yearly at research in progress sessions to the fellow’s Scholarship Oversight Committee and the Fellowship Director. 

 

Fellow Expectations

Fellows are expected to write grants (although completion of a three-year fellowship is not contingent on the fellows’ securing grant funding), present their research findings at scientific meetings, and publish their work in relevant journals.   If deemed helpful to a fellow’s development, the program will pay for fellows to take courses and/or complete a master’s of science program in clinical science (http://cctsi.ucdenver.edu/training-and-education/CLSC/Pages/MSCS.aspx).  Fellows will complete the Department of Pediatrics Fellowship Curriculum Series as a requirement of the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

 

 

Conference

 

Frequency

 

Role of the Fellow

Citywide Pediatric ID Conference Weekly Present cases and discuss
Micro/Virology/Epi daily rounds 5 days per week, 30 minutes per day Informs lab personnel of any important clinical issues, requests special testing, reviews “unknowns” prepared by the lab, is informed of all positive blood cultures, positive viral tests on patients

 Pediatrics Morning Report

 

HIV Patient Management Rounds

 Daily

 

Monthly

 Attend while on service 3x/week and give input to residents on Infectious Diseases-related cases Attend and participate in discussion of patients

Pediatric ID Research Conference Monthly  Present once to twice yearly to scholarship oversight committee/ Attend all other research conferences by faculty
Infectious Diseases Journal Club Formal journal club 3-4 times per year but articles reviewed frequently in weekly ID case conference

Organize and present 1-2 articles to faculty and fellows

 

Combined Adult/Ped ID Conf

 

Monthly

 

Formal pediatric ID case presentation with discussed with adult ID faculty and Fellows

Combined Adult ID Conf 3x/month Formal adult ID case presentation discussed by adult ID faculty and Fellows

 

There are additional conferences/meetings depending on fellow’s research interest.



Application Process

Fellow selection is accomplished by participation in the National Residency Matching Program Match service, which occurs in the fall each year. Applicants must be eligible for a Colorado medical license. International medical graduates must have a valid ECFMG (see below).

Please be aware of the following general application timeline:

 

Our fellowship participates in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)

  • Our application period begins every year on July 15th

  • Applications submitted to ERAS will be reviewed - July 15th through October 

  • Interviews - July through Mid-november 

  • Fellowships begin one year after the match with the start date of July 1st.

 

While completing the ERAS online application, applicants should make certain to provide us with the following documents: 

  • Current curriculum vitae

  • Personal Statement outlining the reasons for choosing this specialty and applicant’s career plans

  • At least three (3) but no more than five (5) letters of recommendation from physicians familiar with the applicant, one of which should be from the applicant’s Residency Fellowship Director

 

Please note that as an ACGME accredited program, our fellows must have passed the USMLE Step 3 examination or COMLEX Level 3. Currently, we require non-US applicants to possess a valid certificate from Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). The ACGME now requires fellows to have complete pediatric residenncy training in a US or Canadian ACGME certified program prior to subspecialty fellowship training.

Applicants selected for a personal interview will be contacted by the Fellowship Program Coordinator. 

  • Interviews are scheduled for one full day

  • One night’s lodging is provided. 

  • Interviews occur on Thursdays

Jennifer Saulino
Program Assistant -
Fellowship Program Coordinator
Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Children's Hospital Colorado
13123 East 16th Avenue, B055
Aurora, Colorado 80045
Tel: 720-777-2838
Fax: 720-777-7295
E-mail: jennifer.saulino

For additional questions, please contact:

Sarah K. Parker, MD
Fellowship Director

Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Children's Hospital Colorado
13123 East 16th Avenue, B055
Aurora, Colorado 80045
Tel: 720-777-2838
E-mail: sarah.parker

 

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 Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellows

From left to right:  Christiana Smith, MD (PGY-5) Dan Olson, MD (PGY-6), Yosuke Nomura, MD (PGY-4) and Jessica Cataldi, MD (PGY-4) 

 

1st Year Fellows

Jessica Cataldi, MD

Residency: University of Colorado Pediatric Residency Program 

Medical School: Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine

Research Interests: Interested in Global Health vaccinations

Yosuke Nomura, MD

Residency: University of Colorado Pediatric Residency Program  

Medical School: Medical College of Georgia

Research Interests: TBD

Yosuke.Nomura

 

2nd Year Fellow

Christiana Smith, MD

Residency: University of Colorado Pediatric Residency Program

Medical School: University of Florida College of Medicine

Research Interests: I am interested in clinical and translational research related to pediatric immunology and virology, and specifically related to HIV. My previous clinical research has focused on prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV.

Christiana.Smith 

 

3rd Year Fellow

Daniel Olson, MD

Residency: University of Wisconsin Pediatric Residency Program 

Medical School: University of Michigan Medical School

Research Interests: I’m interested in dengue virus and dengue immunology and I’m in the process of developing a study with the CDC – Dengue Branch on dengue infection in pregnancy and its effects on the innate and humoral immunity in the mother and neonate. My mentors are Edwin Asturias and Adriana Weinberg at U of C and Harold Margolis at the CDC