Tulane University Pediatric ID Fellowship

1430 Tulane Ave, Box 8408
New Orleans
LA
70112
USA
Contact Person: Michele Yao
Phone: (504) 988-5422
Fax: (504) 988-3805

TRAINING PROGRAM DIRECTOR: John Schieffelin, MD
RESEARCH INTEREST: Antibody response to viral hemorrhagic fevers

CHIEF OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES: Russell B Van Dyke, MD, (Tulane)
RESEARCH INTEREST: Pediatric HIV infections

ASSOCIATE: Richard Oberhelman, MD
RESEARCH INTEREST: Enteric infections and tropical medicine

ASSOCIATE: Lorna Seybolt, MD
RESEARCH INTEREST: Adolescent HIV

ASSOCIATE: Margarita Silio, MD, MPH
RESEARCH INTEREST: HIV and tropical medicine

ASSOCIATE: Russell Steele, MD
RESEARCH INTEREST: Granulocycte function


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

Hansen's Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis Crossover of Clinical Symptoms: A Case Series of 18 Patients in the United States.
Labuda SM, Schieffelin JS, Shaffer JG, Stryjewska BM.
Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2017 Dec;97(6):1726-1730. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.17-0197. Epub 2017 Oct 19.
PMID: 29141716

Lung Mass in a Teenage Male With Asthma.
Mirani G, Marret JC, Valerie E, Smith RK, Greer DL, Craver R, Begue R.
Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2016 Jun;35(6):711. doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000001142. No abstract available. 
PMID: 26986768 

Changing Trends in Complications and Mortality Rates Among US Youth and Young Adults With HIV Infection in the Era of Combination Antiretroviral Therapy.
Mirani G, Williams PL, Chernoff M, Abzug MJ, Levin MJ, Seage GR 3rd, Oleske JM, Purswani MU, Hazra R, Traite S, Zimmer B, Van Dyke RB; IMPAACT P1074 Study Team.
Clin Infect Dis. 2015 Dec 15;61(12):1850-61. doi: 10.1093/cid/civ687. Epub 2015 Aug 12.
PMID: 26270680 

The first association of a primary amebic meningoencephalitis death with culturable Naegleria fowleri in tap water from a US treated public drinking water system.
Cope JR, Ratard RC, Hill VR, Sokol T, Causey JJ, Yoder JS, Mirani G, Mull B, Mukerjee KA, Narayanan J, Doucet M, Qvarnstrom Y, Poole CN, Akingbola OA, Ritter JM, Xiong Z, da Silva AJ, Roellig D, Van Dyke RB, Stern H, Xiao L, Beach MJ.
Clin Infect Dis. 2015 Apr 15;60(8):e36-42. doi: 10.1093/cid/civ017. Epub 2015 Jan 16.
PMID: 25595746

A Controlled Study of Tuberculosis Diagnosis in HIV-Infected and Uninfected Children in Peru.
Oberhelman RA, Soto-Castellares G, Gilman RH, Castillo ME, Kolevic L, Delpino T, Saito M, Salazar-Lindo E, Negron E, Montenegro S, Laguna-Torres VA, Maurtua-Neumann P, Datta S, Evans CA.
PLoS One. 2015 Apr 30;10(4):e0120915. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0120915. eCollection 2015.
PMID: 25927526

Antiviral resistance and correlates of virologic failure in the first cohort of HIV-infected children gaining access to structured antiretroviral therapy in Lima, Peru: a cross-sectional analysis.
Rath BA, von Kleist M, Castillo ME, Kolevic L, Caballero P, Soto-Castellares G, Amedee AM, Robinson JE, Katzenstein DK, Van Dyke RB, Oberhelman RA.
BMC Infect Dis. 2013 Jan 2;13:1. doi: 10.1186/1471-2334-13-1.
PMID: 23280237


MAJOR FEATURES OF TRAINING PROGRAM:

The goal of this program is to train physicians for the full-time practice of pediatric infectious diseases in the academic or public setting. Our fellows work with faculty members from the Tulane University School of Medicine and Ochsner Health Center for Children, incorporating the clinical resources and laboratory facilities of both institutions. We have shared research activities and a combined teaching program. This unique affiliation of two regional medical centers represents a major strength our program. In our clinical activities we serve two major pediatric hospitals in New Orleans: Ochsner Health Center for Children and Tulane Hospital for Children. These two hospitals provide the training program with a unique balance of general pediatric patients and subspecialty patients. Trainees are expected to develop expertise in medical microbiology, medical epidemiology and biostatistics, the design of clinical trials, and laboratory research methods. The program is closely affiliated with the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and fellows have an option to obtain a Master's in Public Health and Tropical Medicine degree during the fellowship; however, it should be noted that tuition is not provided by the program. Fellows have the opportunity to work in the laboratories of the full-time members of the division. In addition, fellows may also arrange to work in the laboratories of members of the Departments of Microbiology at Tulane and LSU, the Tulane School of Tropical Medicine and Public Health, and the Tulane National Primate Research Center and Ochsner Hospital.


AFFILIATED HOSPITALS:

  • Tulane Hospital for Children: 56 pediatric beds
  • Ochsner Hospital: 113 pediatric beds

FELLOWS ACCEPTED EACH YEAR: 1

TRAINING FOR MD; DO; MD, PhD

FUNDING IS ENSURED FOR ALL 3 YEARS: YES

VISAS ACCEPTED: H1B

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

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

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): YES
Molecular: YES
Translational: 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 n the laboratory of investigator(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 arrangements are made): YES

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

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
Other – Please specify:

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 per fellow

Average number of established outpatient follow-up visits per month: 25 per fellow

Average number of new inpatient consultations per month: 30

Number of trainees completing program in the last 5 years: 4