University of Utah

295 Chipeta Way
Salt Lake City
UT
84108
USA
Phone: 801-662-5712
Fax: 801-662-5755

TRAINING PROGRAM DIRECTOR:
Anne J. Blaschke, MD, PhD
Dr. Blaschke’s research interests involve the development of rapid diagnostic testing to improve the management of bacterial and viral infections in children, including the rapid identification of antibiotic-resistant pathogens and pathogens causing pneumonia. In addition she has investigated the impact of new diagnostic tests on clinical care. She has been the principal investigator or co-investigator on grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Other work in Dr. Blaschke's laboratory involves comparative genomic analysis of invasive bacterial pathogens.

TRAINING PROGRAM ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR:
Emily Thorell, MD
Dr. Thorell serves as both the Director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program and the Associate Hospital Epidemiologist for Primary Children’s Hospital. She serves as Chair of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Team and sits on the Pediatric Guidance Council for Intermountain Healthcare. She is a member of the Inpatient Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee for the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. Dr. Thorell’s research interests include antimicrobial stewardship, antibiotic resistant pathogens and quality improvement. Her work focuses on understanding variability in the use of antimicrobials in pediatrics and improving antimicrobial use in hospitalized children over a large healthcare system.

Adam Hersh, MD, PhD
Dr. Hersh’s research interests include health services research and clinical epidemiology. His work focuses on understanding variability in the use of antimicrobials in pediatrics and developing interventions to improve the quality and safety of antimicrobial prescribing for children. His research has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

DIVISION DIRECTOR OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES:
Andy Pavia, MD
Dr. Pavia is a member of the CDC Board of Scientific Counselors and the National Academy of Science Engineering and Medicine Forum on Preparedness. He is Vice Chair of the Program Committee for IDWeek. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) and past chair of the Pandemic Influenza Task Force and past Chair of the National and Global Public Policy Committee. He served as a member of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee and chaired the Vaccine Safety Working Group and was an inaugural member of the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) and chaired the Influenza Working Group and co-chaired the Personal Preparedness Working Group of the NBSB from 2008-2010.

Dr. Pavia has served on several Institute of Medicine Committees including “Antivirals for Pandemic Influenza: Guidance on Developing and Distribution and Dispensing System,” and “Prepositioned Medical Countermeasure for the Public,” and is a frequent consultant for CDC. He is an associate Editor of the Sanford Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy and is on the editorial board of JAIDS and the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society and a reviewer for numerous journals. He has published more than 250 peer-reviewed scientific articles, textbook chapters, reviews and scientific abstracts.

His research interests include the epidemiology of influenza and other emerging respiratory infections, pneumonia, vaccine preventable diseases, emerging infections, and HIV/ AIDS, with a particular interest in infections of pregnant women and their children. He has been the principal investigator or co-investigator on grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


MAJOR FEATURES OF TRAINING PROGRAM:

  • Comprehensive exposure to infectious diseases in infants, children and adolescents
  • Primary Children's Hospital is the only pediatric hospital in a catchment area of 400,000 square miles and is both the community hospital for Salt Lake City and northern Utah, and a tertiary referral center for Utah, Wyoming, Nevada and Montana
  • Work closely with faculty members with a range of clinical and research interests
  • Opportunities for research in clinical, basic and translational sciences
  • Funding is guaranteed for all 3 years

AFFILIATED HOSPITALS:

  • University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics/Primary Children's Hospital

AVAILABLE FELLOWSHIP POSITIONS:
1/YEARLY; 3 TOTAL IN PROGRAM AT A TIME

Number of trainees completing program in the last 5 years: 3

TRAINING FOR: MD; DO

FUNDING IS ENSURED FOR ALL 3 YEARS: YES

VISAS ACCEPTED: J1

IS COMPLETION OF PEDIATRIC RESIDENCY TRAINING IN THE U.S. OR CANADA A REQUIREMENT? YES

THE PROGRAM OFFERS THE FOLLOWING TRAINING:

The Infectious Disease fellowship at the University of Utah provides highly motivated trainees with comprehensive, rigorous exposure to infectious diseases of infants, children, and adolescents and prepares fellows for academic careers. The division's eight faculty members are committed to outstanding clinical care, teaching, and research that advances the field.

Primary Children's Hospital (PCH) is a 289-bed pediatric hospital that serves both as the community hospital for Salt Lake City and northern Utah and as a referral center for southern Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, and Montana. PCH is the main site for clinical training and has a busy and varied clinical service.

Research Experience
The second component of training is research experience. Each trainee is paired with a primary mentor and a research mentoring committee. Trainees have opportunities for both clinical and bench research.
The research interests of the faculty include:

  • Epidemiology and diagnosis of respiratory infections including bacterial pneumonia, influenza and other viruses
  • Molecular diagnostics
  • Outcomes research
  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Hospital-acquired infections
  • Infections in the immune-compromised host

Associated Regional University Pathologists (ARUP) Laboratories
In addition to the division faculty, fellows can work with clinical microbiologists and molecular pathologists at the Associated Regional University Pathologists (ARUP) Laboratories. ARUP is one of the nation's premier reference laboratories and is located on the research campus of the University of Utah.

Training
All trainees participate in a fellows training course offered by the Department of Pediatrics that includes training in:

  • Study design
  • Statistics
  • Grant preparation
  • Scientific writing
  • Scientific lecturing
  • Research ethics

Trainees also receive training in clinical microbiology, molecular diagnostics, antibiotic stewardship, and hospital epidemiology.

Program provides training in diagnostic microbiology using laboratories on site.

Program provides training in infection control and hospital epidemiology.

Program provides training in antimicrobial stewardship.

Program provides global health opportunities.

Program provides substantial experience for trainee in:

  • HIV
  • Bone marrow transplantation
  • Solid organ/transplantation
  • Travelers/adoptees
  • Adults (possible, if desired)
  • Congenital immune deficiencies

Opportunity to fulfill the ABP requirements for scholarly activity is available in the following general areas

  • Bacteriology/bacterial infections
  • Epidemiology and statistics
  • Infection control/hospital epidemiology
  • Immunizations/Public health
  • Mycology/fungal infections
  • Parasitology/parasitic diseases
  • Virology/viral diseases
  • Antimicrobial agents/antimicrobial stewardship 

Documented liaison exists offering opportunities for research experience in the laboratory of investigator(s) who is/are not faculty of the section.

Program offers the opportunity to obtain a Master’s degree in a field such as Public Health, Education, Clinical Sciences or Epidemiology (assuming appropriate arrangements are made). MSCI Program is available to Fellows with a dedicated interest in clinical research.

Graduate School courses are available to trainee (assuming appropriate arrangements are made). 

Program includes ABP-required core curricula in scholarly activities in didactic lecture and or experiential courses for fellows (epidemiology, statistics, research design, quality improvement and academic careers.) 

The Infectious Diseases Service is the primary care provider for HIV infected children and adolescents.