Fellowship Program

Program Description

Overview of the Program:

The subspecialty training program in Pediatric Infectious Diseases is designed to provide advanced training and experience to acquire the knowledge, clinical and research experience, needed by a consultant to provide optimal care and consultation to pediatric patients with infectious diseases.  The emphasis of our program is to train physicians to pursue all three of these areas preparing the trainee for a career in academic medicine.  The teaching environment and educational experiences for trainees, detailed below, will equip them to become strong clinicians, educators, and investigators.  A period of 3 years of progressive educational experience provides subspecialty residents with the background and experience that will enable them to provide optimal care and consultation for pediatric patients with infectious diseases. To achieve this, the clinical and technical training involves a structured curriculum that provides progressive teaching, research, and consultative experiences. The educational program encompasses basic concepts in immunology, epidemiology, microbiology, clinical pharmacology, statistics, and infection control as they relate to patient care and training in the prevention of infectious diseases.

 Eligibility:

Applicants must have completed 36 months of primary patient care in an approved pediatrics or medicine-pediatrics residency training program.

Duration of Fellowship:  Three years.

Objectives:

  1. To enable fellows to gain an understanding of clinical infectious disease problems with emphasis on pathophysiology of disease processes, host factors important in the etiology of infectious and appropriate antimicrobial use;
  2. To become familiar with diagnostic microbiology, virology and immunology;
  3. To acquire basic and/or clinical research abilities.

 Responsibilities:

Clinical:

Clinical responsibilities included in the Pediatric Infectious Disease Program can be divided into three headings consisting of clinical consultations, clinical research, and infectious disease clinics.

Clinical Consultations: We provide clinical consultation for the pediatric service at Memorial Hermann Children’s Hospital, which is the primary teaching hospital of the University of Texas Medical School. The hospital is dedicated to meeting the needs of children from infancy through adolescence, has nearly 150 pediatric beds –34 general pediatric beds, 28 subspecialty pediatric beds, 120 neonatal beds (plus 35 normal infant bassinets which are part of the main Hermann Hospital) and 15 Pediatric Critical Care Unit beds for seriously ill, injured or burned children. We also provide infectious diseases and HIV consultation to the 200 bed pediatric/neonatal service at the Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital, which is one of two charity hospitals that serve Harris County.

Clinical Research: The Division houses a wide spectrum of research in Infectious Diseases and International Health. Studies span from investigations of molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis and immunity through clinical trials testing of interventions directed to reducing infection associated morbidity and mortality; studies are conducted in volunteers in the United States and in less developed locations. Many are made in collaboration with other members of the UTHealth community. The Division is active in conducting clinical trials in patients with HIV infection and in studying infectious diseases in children in foreign countries.

Infectious Disease Clinics: Pediatric Infectious Disease clinic and two HIV clinics meet weekly. We receive referrals from Houston and surrounding areas, as well as follow select patients with infectious diseases or immunologic abnormalities.

Responsibilities to the Department of Pediatrics include instruction in Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology to pediatric house staff and students. We are available for consultation to the general pediatric clinic.

Laboratory Research: While fellows are encouraged to initiate their own research program, they may select a project which complements existing research activities in the areas of host defense with relation to identification of specific and non-specific anti-infectious protective factors; determination of etiology, pathogenesis, and host responses to infectious agents; and pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of infections.

Teaching: The Division of Infectious Diseases presents instruction in areas of Microbiology and Infectious Disease to students in the Medical School. Up to six senior students electively rotate through the Infectious Diseases Service each month of the year. During this time they receive two weeks on the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Service and two weeks on the Adult Infectious Diseases Service or 4 weeks solely on the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Service.

Conferences: Weekly conferences which fellows attend include:

  • Pediatric-Adult Infectious Disease Clinical Conference
  • City Wide Infectious Disease conference held in conjunction with Baylor College of Medicine.
  • Infectious Disease Journal Club.
  • Infectious Disease Research Conferences.
  • Pediatric Grand Rounds

PROGRAM APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Personal statement
  • Official medical school transcript
  • Medical School Dean’s letter or Medical School Performance Evaluation
  • Three letters of recommendations: one must be from your Residency Program Director, scanned and uploaded into ERAS.
  • USMLE transcript
  • Pediatric residency completed in US or Canada before beginning fellowship

 

INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL GRADUATES

The only sponsored training visa is the J-1 visa. We do not work with or sponsor any other visas. IMPORTANT: You must have a valid ECFMG certificate before applying to our fellowship program. Required Document List: If you are asked to interview, two certified notarized copies (with notary stamp and signature on every page) will be reviewed by our fellowship coordinator on your interview day, following a checklist provided by our GME office. Should you match with our program, one complete set of certified notarized copies will be forwarded to our GME Office to work-up your fellowship contract and orientation packet and the other copy will stay in our fellowship office file.

 

CONTACT:

Norma Perez, DO
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases
Fellowship Program Director
Norma.Perez@uth.tmc.edu

 

Kim Maxcey, MBA
Fellowship Coordinator
Kimberlie.I.Maxcey@uth.tmc.edu