University of North Carolina

CB#7509, 111 Mason Farm Rd.
Chapel Hill
NC
27599
USA
Contact Person: Tom Belhorn
Phone: (919) 962-4500
Fax: (919) 962-4491

TRAINING PROGRAM DIRECTOR

  • Tom Belhorn, MD, PhD
    Research Interest: Pediatric HIV, Clinical Infectious Diseases, Medical Education

CHIEF OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES:

  • Toni Darville, MD
    Research Interest: Sexually-Transmitted Infections, esp. Chlamydia

ASSOCIATES/DIVISION MEMBERS

  • Ravi Jhaveri, MD
    Research Interest: Viral hepatitis, Fever in young infants; Improving outcomes in children with infectious diseases
     
  • Zach Willis, MD
    Research Interest: Antibiotic stewardship; Improving outcomes in children with infectious diseases

Basic Science Research Faculty

  • Catherine O'Connell, PhD
  • Uma Nagarajan, PhD
  • Xiaojing Zheng, PhD
  • Pris Wyrick, PhD

TITLE(S) OF RECENT FELLOWS’ PUBLISHED PAPERS OF RESEARCH PROJECTS:

Call to action: Prevention of mother-to-child transmission of hepatitis B in Africa.
Wilson P, Parr JB, Jhaveri R, Meshnick SR.; J Infect Dis. 2018 Jan 17. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiy028. [Epub ahead of print]

Persistent Gaps in Appropriate Use of Empiric Acyclovir in Neonates.
Wilson P, Sutton AG, Nassef C, Falato C, Jhaveri R.; Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2017 May;56(5):472-479. doi: 10.1177/0009922816678975. Epub 2016 Dec 8.

New and Repurposed Drugs for Pediatric Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis. Practice-based Recommendations.
Harausz EP, Garcia-Prats AJ, Seddon JA, Schaaf HS, Hesseling AC, Achar J, Bernheimer J, Cruz AT, D'Ambrosio L, Detjen A, Graham SM, Hughes J, Jonckheere S, Marais BJ, Migliori GB, McKenna L, Skrahina A, Tadolini M, Wilson P, Furin J; Sentinel Project on Pediatric Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis.; Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2017 May 15;195(10):1300-1310. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201606-1227CI. Review.

GRANT FUNDING RECEIVED FOR FELLOW RESEARCH PROJECTS:

  • OIA Global Health Scholarship
  • Carolina for the Kids Research Grant

MAJOR FEATURES OF TRAINING PROGRAM: 

The Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship Program at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill has two major goals: (1) Provide educational opportunities for trainees in both ambulatory and in-patient care for children with infectious diseases, and (2) Provide an environment where trainees develop critical research skills through participation as investigator in original projects. Our program offers a broad range of clinical and research opportunities to accomplish these goals. Clinical opportunities and requirements are based on the ACGME requirements to become board-eligible in pediatric infectious diseases with opportunities to spend additional time in the clinical microbiology laboratories, adult infectious diseases, antibiotic stewardship, hospital infection control, and clinical areas of interest to each fellow. Research opportunities include multiple areas in basic science, clinical research, public health / epidemiology, and global health.

AFFILIATED HOSPITALS

University of North Carolina Hospitals: 150 pediatric beds

Fellows accepted each year: 1

Training For:

  • MD
  • DO
  • MD, PhD

Funding Ensured for All 3 Years: YES

Visas Accepted:

  • J1
  • H1B

Is completion of pediatric residency training in the US or Canada a requirement? YES

THE PROGRAM OFFERS THE FOLLOWING TRAINING:

  • Program provides training in diagnostic microbiology using laboratories on site:
    • Microbiology laboratory
    • Clinical virus isolation laboratory
    • Molecular diagnostics

  • Program provides training in infection control and hospital epidemiology as:
    • Didactic lectures
    • Hands on experience
    • Infection Control
    • Meetings/Membership

  • 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

  • Research opportunities in the section's program could be described as:
    • Basic (bench)
    • Molecular
    • Community
    • Epidemiologic
    • Clinical
    • International/Public Health
    • HIV, Basic
    • ACTG Site (Adult)

  • Program provides substantial clinical experience for trainees in:
    • HIV
    • Bone marrow transplantation
    • Solid organ/transplantation
    • Travelers/adoptees
    • Adults
    • Congenital immune deficiencies 

Documented liaison exists offering opportunities for research experience in the laboratory of investigators(s) who is (are) not faculty of the section: YES

Program offers the opportunity to obtain a Master’s degree in a field such as Public Health, Education, Clinical Sciences, or Epidemiology (assuming appropriate are made): YES

Graduate school courses are available to trainee (assuming appropriate arrangements are made): YES

Program includes ABP-required core curricula in scholarly activities in didactic lecture course for fellows (includes epidemiology, statistics, research design and academic careers: YES

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

Average number of new outpatient consultations per month: 50

Average number of established outpatient follow-up visits per month: 15

Average number of new inpatient consultations per month: 32

Number of trainees completing program in the last 5 years: N/A (This is a new program)