Infectious Diseases

Application Deadline

November 1

Length of Program

3 years

Program Start Date

July 7

Number of Positions Available

Usually 1 per year

The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship is partially funded by the National Institutes of Health Training Grant (T32). This three-year program focuses on applicants interested in the subspecialty of pediatric infectious diseases who plan academic careers. It is an interdisciplinary program involving investigator-mentors in the Department of Pediatrics, as well as in the Departments of Microbiology and Immunology, Pathology and Cell Biology, Epidemiology, Physiology and Cellular Biophysics, Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, and the Schools of Public Health and Nursing. The goal of the fellowship is to provide a progressive educational experience that will enable the subspecialty resident (fellow) to integrate research into the delivery of optimal care of and consultation for pediatric patients with infectious diseases. To meet this goal we provide clinical training through progressive consultative experiences, teaching, and research. The program includes, but is not limited to, training in basic concepts on immunology, epidemiology, clinical pharmacology, and infection control as they relate to patient care and the prevention of infectious diseases.

Graduates of our fellowship have gone on to careers in academia and clinical care at highly respected pediatric centers around the country, and to positions in industry (see below).

Fellows are trained at NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital and the Columbia University Irving Medical Center, located in upper Manhattan. The free-standing children's hospital, with 203 pediatric inpatient beds including 41 pediatric intensive care and 66 neonatal intensive care beds, is part of a large medical center with more than 700 inpatient beds.

We have an active consultative service responsible for the wide range of individual ID and epidemiologic issues that arise in a very busy, tertiary-care children's hospital. The team routinely is involved in the diagnosis and management of infections in children with complex underlying illnesses such as stem cell and solid organ transplantation, complex congenital heart disease, prematurity, as well as community-acquired infections in otherwise healthy children. The inpatient service team includes student and resident rotators participating in month-long electives. Frequent consultations for antibiotic management are requested as the hospital has an antibiotic control program that mandates approval for restricted antimicrobial agents. The service team follows infections related to organ transplantation, catheter-related sepsis, shunt infections, neonatal sepsis, sepsis in immunocompromised children, endocarditis, tuberculosis, osteomyelitis, pneumonia, AIDS, post-operative wound infections, and congenital or neonatal viral infections. Drs. Foca and Neu have the major responsibility for outpatient consultations in pediatric infectious diseases.

Clinical service time is divided into four- to six-week blocks. Fellows complete approximately 12 months of clinical service throughout the three years of the program, and are expected to gain progressive skills in the following areas: medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and systems-based practice. Each fellow will be required to complete a scholarly activity that results in a “work product.” Areas of research include basic, clinical, or translational research; health services; quality improvement; bioethics; education; and public policy, consistent with American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), and departmental requirements. Residents will perform research projects under the guidance of a selected mentor. Each resident is assigned a scholarly oversight committee in accordance with ABP and departmental guidelines.

Curriculum

The pediatric infectious disease curriculum consists of weekly pediatric ID core conferences given by pediatric ID faculty and fellows, and twice-weekly combined ID conferences with the adult and pediatric ID divisions. In addition, the T32 program provides faculty development workshops on topics such as preparing for an academic career, creating your biosketch and CV, and negotiating your appointment. The on-service fellow receives clinical skill training during daily rounds with the attendings. Fellows also help train and educate students and residents through mentorship during the ID elective month and by giving lectures to these learners during the year.

During the three-year program fellows have access to clinical and training opportunities on topics including clinical microbiology, hospital epidemiology, infection control and stewardship, clinical trials, quality improvement, transplantation, and they have the option of attending a New York State Department of Health sexually transmitted disease (STD) training course. They may also attend a Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America/CDC Training Course (www.shea-online.org), immunology and vaccinology training courses, and have the opportunity to obtain a MS or MPH in public health. The ID fellowship program encourages fellows to attend lectures on the Columbia campus including those offered through the Mailman School of Public Health. Fellows are also encouraged to attend national and regional conferences sponsored by the T32 program, for exposure to academic research in the field.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) system. We participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) for matching service and interviews will be scheduled accordingly.

Our Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship program has two tracks that overlap substantially in terms of curriculum. One track, which is clinically-funded, is open to applications from J-1 Visa holders. The other, NIH-funded (T32) research-focused, track is not open to those who hold J-1 Visas.

Contact

Julia Zhou, MS, MPH
Fellowship Coordinator
Jz78@cumc.columbia.edu

Recent Graduates of the Fellowship Program

  • Philip Graham, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, NY
  • Valerie Waters, Associate Professor, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Kristina Feja, Division Chief, St. Peter’s University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Ouzama Nicholson, Senior Director, GSK Biologicals
  • David Michalik, Assistant Clinical Professor, University of California Irvine School of Medicine, Irvine, CA
  • Sameer Patel, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
  • Catherine Yen, Clinical and Public Health Coordinator, International Organization for Migration, Washington, DC
  • Paul Planet, Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • Karina Top, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada
  • Saul Hymes, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
  • Christina Gagliardo, Attending, Goryeb Children’s Hospital of Morristown Medical Center, Morristown, NJ
  • Sruti Nadimpalli, Assistant Professor, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
  • Philip Zachariah, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, NY
  • Jennifer Duchon, Assistant Professor, Tufts University, Boston, MA
  • Candace Johnson, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, NY
  • Karen Acker, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Weill Cornell Medical School, NY