Case Western Reserve University & Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital

11100 Euclid Avenue, MS 6008
Cleveland
OH
44106
USA
Phone: (216) 844-3645
Fax: (216) 844-8362

CHIEF OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES/TRAINING PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Grace McComsey, MD
RESEARCH INTERESTS: AIDS clinical trials; metabolic complications of HIV therapy; pediatric HIV

TRAINING PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Ankita Desai, MD
RESEARCH INTEREST: antibiotic stewardship

TRAINING PROGRAM CO-DIRECTOR: Sahera Dirajlal-Fargo, DO
RESEARCH INTEREST: cardiovascular complications of HIV; pediatric HIV in sub-Saharan Africa

ASSOCIATE: Arlene Dent, MD PhD RESEARCH INTEREST: Malarial immunology in children, Vaccine targets of Malaria
ASSOCIATE: Katherine Dobbs, MD RESEARCH INTEREST: Malaria immunity
ASSOCIATE: Amy Edwards, MD RESEARCH INTEREST: Global health
ASSOCIATE: Claudia Hoyen, MD RESEARCH INTEREST: Infection control
ASSOCIATE: Ethan Leonard, MD RESEARCH INTEREST: Vaccine immunology; antimicrobials


TITLE(S) OF RECENT FELLOWS’ PUBLISHED PAPERS OR RESEARCH PROJECTS: Dobbs KR, Dent AE Plasmodium malaria and antimalarial antibodies in the first year of life. Parasitology 2016 Feb; 143(2); Hileman CO, Dirajlal-Fargo S, Kumar J, McComsey GA Plasma Selenium Concentrations are sufficient and associated with PI use in treated HIV-infected adults. J Nutr 2015 Oct; 145(10).

MAJOR FEATURES OF TRAINING PROGRAM: This program is designed to prepare physicians for academic careers in pediatric infectious diseases. At least twelve months are devoted to clinical training. The clinical experience is at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, a 220 bed urban children’s hospital. The remaining 24 months are devoted to intensive laboratory of clinical research. The areas of potential scholarly activity include HIV, emerging respiratory pathogens, molecular epidemiology of infection control, mycology and antimicrobial resistance. There also is the strong opportunity to study infectious diseases in the developing world with particular emphasis on HIV, Malaria, TB and International Health (in conjunction with the Division of Infectious Diseases, Geographic Medicine, and Department of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University).


AFFILIATED HOSPITALS: Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital

NUMBER OF PEDIATRIC BEDS: 220

FELLOWS ACCEPTED EACH YEAR: 1-2

TRAINING FOR MD; DO; MD, PhD: all

FUNDING IS ENSURED FOR ALL 3 YEARS: yes

VISAS ACCEPTED: determined on a case by case basis

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

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
Other – Please specify: antimicrobial resistance, international health

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: no
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: 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): no

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: no
Travelers/adoptees: yes
Adults: no, except HIV
Congenital immune deficiencies: yes
Other – Please specify: cystic fibrosis, NICU

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: 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: 15-20

Average number of established outpatient follow-up visits per month: 15-20

Average number of new inpatient consultations per month: about 60

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