University of Florida College of Medicine- Jacksonville

841 Prudential Drive, Suite 1130
Jacksonville
FL
32207
USA
Phone: (904) 633-4180
Fax: (904) 633-4181

TRAINING PROGRAM DIRECTOR

  • Nizar Maraqa, MD
    Research Interest: MRSA; OPAT, Bacterial and viral infections, HIV infection, Information Technology in Medicine

CHIEF OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES

  • Mobeen Rathore, MD
    Research Interest: HIV infection; outpatient intravenous antibiotic therapy; vaccines; hospital epidemiology, MRSA, translational research

ASSOCIATE/DIVISION MEMBERS

  • Ana Alvarez, MD (PEDS ID)
    Research Interest: Pediatric TB, HIV infection, Bacterial infections
     
  • Ayesha Mirza, MD (PEDS ID)
    Research Interest: HIV infection, Medical Education, Viral & bacterial infections, Immunizations, Tropical medicine
     
  • Diane Halstead, PhD (MICROBIOLOGY)
    Research Interest: Microbiology, Antibiotic susceptibility testing; epidemiology and infection control; virology
     
  • Yvette McCarter, PhD (MICROBIOLOGY)
    Research Interest: Microbiology
     
  • Malleswari Ravi, MD
    Research Interest: HIV/AIDS
     
  • Wilfredo Sanchez, MD
    Research Interest: HIV/AIDS
     
  • Sarah Dew-Reeves, PhD (PSYCHOLOGY)
    Research Interest: HIV and mental health
     
  • Jamie Marra, PhD (PSYCHOLOGY)
    Research Interest: HIV and mental health

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

  • Walker T, Bragg L, Robertson-Blackmore E. "Implementing Hepatitis C Screening of Pregnant Women in a University Obstetrics Clinic" South Atlantic Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: Asheville, NC. January 2015.
     
  • Bragg L, Alvarez A, Halstead D, Smotherman C. "Financial Impact of Pediatric Blood Culture Contamination: Is There Room for Improvement?" Infectious Disease Society of America, ID Week 2014: Philadelphia, PA. October 2014.
     
  • Bragg, L, Mirza A, Walker T, Best K. "Active Screening Strategies and Education for Hepatitis C Infected Pregnant Women are Needed to Improve the Identification of Hepatitis C Exposed Newborns" Infectious Disease Society of America, ID Week 2014: Philadelphia, PA. October 2014.
     
  • Bragg L, Alvarez A, Halstead D, Smotherman C. "Blood Culture Volumes Link to Contamination in a Children's Emergency Center" Pediatric Hospital Medicine 2014: Orlando, FL. July 2014
     
  • Bragg L, Smotherman C, Halstead D, Alvarez A. The Importance of Blood Culture Volume in Pediatric Patients. Pediatr Emerg Care (In Press).
     
  • Rammel J, Bragg L, Zayas J. "A six-year-old male with fever, emesis, rash and an acute abdomen" JAMA Pediatrics. (In Press).
     
  • Bragg L, Alvarez A. "Endocarditis" Pediatr Rev. Apr 2014
     
  • Wells S, Anderson T, Tiemieier A, Wrobel J, Maraqa N, Smotherman C, Wheeler S, Bailey C, Kraemer D, Rathore M. Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Patients With Congenital Heart Disease in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg 2013; 4(4):344-348.
     
  • Aigbivbalu L, Alvarez AM. Prevalence of Community-Associated Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (CA-MRSA) Nasal Carriage Among Healthy Children and Adolescents in Duval County. UF Dean's Grant 2006-2008.
     
  • Aigbivbalu L, Bailey C, Bhinde F, Shareef Z, Wludyka P, Rathore MH. Risk of Methicillin–Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Infection after Nasal Colonization in a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Poster presentation at 47th Annual IDSA meeting; San Diego, CA, October 4-7, 2007.
     
  • Aigbivbalu L, Alvarez AM, Mirza A, Benjamin C, Rogers A, Rathore MH. An Outbreak of Tuberculosis (TB) in a Private Daycare Center (DCC) in Jacksonville, Florida. Platform Presentation at the 2007 Pediatric Academic Societies' Annual Meeting; Toronto, Canada, May 3-8, 2007.
     
  • Hussain S, Gomez MM, Wludyka P, Rathore MH, Chiu T. Survival times and complications of catheters used for outpatient parenteral antibiotic therapy in children. Clinical Pediatrics. 2007;46:247-251.
     
  • Abuelreish M, Subedar A, Chiu T, Wludyka P, Rathore MH. Increase in invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) in children Associated with shortage of heptavalent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV7). Clinical Pediatrics. 2007;46:45-52

GRANT FUNDING RECEIVED FOR FELLOW RESEARCH PROJECTS:

  • Aigbivbalu L. Prevalence of Community-Associated Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) Nasal Carriage Among Healthy Children and Adolescents in Duval County. UF Dean’s Grant 2006-2008.
     
  • Hussain S. Health beliefs regarding tuberculosis among different ethnic groups. UF Dean’s Grant 2004-2006.
     
  • Abuelreish MA. Accuracy of Binax now Streptococcus pneumoniae Urinary Antigen Test in Children with Invasive Pneumococcal Infections. Binax and UF Dean’s Grant 2003-2005.

MAJOR FEATURES OF TRAINING PROGRAM:
The program provides training in clinical pediatric infectious diseases and in clinical patient outcome-based research. Trainee receives wide experience in management of infectious diseases in children, and a strong foundation to start and develop an academic career. The clinical training represents 40% of the total training. Research is primarily clinical, but opportunities are available to collaborate in laboratory and translational research. The individual is also given the opportunity to obtain training in infection control/hospital epidemiology, diagnostic microbiology, pharmacology of antimicrobials; and to attend courses in research design, clinical trials, and statistics and epidemiology.

AFFILIATED HOSPITALS:

  • Wolfson Children’s Hospital
    200 Pediatric Beds
  • Shands Jacksonville Medical Center
    30 Pediatric Beds

FELLOWS ACCEPTED EACH YEAR: 1

TRAINING FOR: MD, DO

FUNDING IS ENSURED FOR ALL 3 YEARS: YES

VISAS ACCEPTED: J1, H1B, Other

IS COMPLETION OF PEDIATRIC RESIDENCY TRAINING IN THE U.S. OR CANADA A REQUIREMENT? NO

THE PROGRAM OFFERS THE FOLLOWING TRAINING:

  • Program provides training in diagnostic microbiology using laboratories on site:
    • Microbiology laboratory: YES
    • Clinical virus isolation laboratory: YES
    • Molecular diagnostics: YES
    • Other – Please specify: Parasitology, Serology/Immunology
       
  • Program provides training in infection control and hospital epidemiology as:
    • Didactic lectures: YES
    • Hands on experience: YES
    • Infection Control Meetings/Membership: YES
       
  • Opportunity to fulfill the ABP requirements for scholarly activity is available in the following general areas:
    • Bacteriology/bacterial infections: YES
    • Epidemiology and statistics: YES
    • Infection control/hospital epidemiology: YES
    • Immunizations/Public health: YES
    • Mycology/fungal infections: YES
    • Parasitology/parasitic diseases: YES
    • Virology/viral diseases: YES
    • Antimicrobial agents: YES
       
  • Research opportunities in the section’s program could be describes as:
    • Basic (bench): NO
    • Molecular: YES
    • Community: YES
    • Epidemiologic: YES
    • Clinical: YES
    • International/Public Health: YES
    • Health Services: YES
    • HIV, Basic: YES
    • HIV, Clinical: YES
    • ACTG Site: YES
       
  • Documented liaison exists offering opportunities for research experience in the laboratory of investigator(s) who is (are) not faculty of the section: NO
     
  • 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): YES
     
  • Graduate school courses are available to trainee (assuming appropriate arrangements are made): NO
     
  • Program provides substantial clinical experiences for trainees in special areas/hosts:
    • HIV: YES
    • Bone marrow transplantation: YES
    • Solid organ/transplantation: YES
    • Travelers/adoptees: YES
    • Adults: YES
    • Congenital immune deficiencies: 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

Program has an NIH-sponsored training grant: NO

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

Average number of new outpatient consultations per month: 10

Average number of established outpatient follow-up visits per month: 50

Average number of new inpatient consultations per month: 30-40

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

Located in: Canada