The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

34th Street & Civic Center Blvd, Abramson Research Building, Rm 1202
Philadelphia
PA
19104
USA
Phone: (215) 590-2017
Fax: (215) 590-2025

TRAINING PROGRAM DIRECTOR:
Brian T. Fisher, DO, MSCE, MPH

TRAINING PROGRAM ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR:
Susan Coffin, MD, MPH


DIVISION DIRECTOR OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES:
Theoklis Zaoutis, MD, MSCE


 

MAJOR FEATURES OF TRAINING PROGRAM:

The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Training Program at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) provides pediatricians who have completed residency training with a three-year educational experience to allow them to pursue a variety of careers in the discipline of infectious diseases. Specifically, this program is designed to:

  • Expand the trainee’s medical knowledge of the pathogenesis and appropriate treatment of pediatric infectious diseases in both immunocompetent and immunocompromised patients;
  • Augment the trainee’s clinical skills in the accurate diagnosis and management of infectious diseases;
  • Provide training in either clinical epidemiology, laboratory-based or translational based investigations related to pediatric infectious diseases. This includes opportunities to apply for master’s degrees in Translational Research, Medical Education, Clinical Epidemiology and Health Policy;
  • Provide practical experience in quality improvement initiatives with an opportunity to pursue formal quality improvement training;
  • Offer fellows the opportunity to interact with and teach residents, medical students and international observers

Ultimately our program mission is to produce graduates that have a robust clinical experience in both general and immunocompromised infectious diseases and that are comfortable providing care in the inpatient and outpatient setting. The program is also structured to provide ample protected research time that will allow a fellow to establish a foundation to launch an independent research career. However, the program also has the flexibility to support other career paths including quality improvement, public health, industry, medical education or predominant clinical care.

AFFILIATED HOSPITAL(S):
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

AVAILABLE FELLOWSHIP POSITIONS:
We have three fellowship positions each year for a total of nine fellows

Number of trainees completing program in the last 5 years: 15 

TRAINING FOR:  ☒ MD      ☒ DO     ☒ MD, PhD

FUNDING ENSURED FOR ALL 3 YEARS:  Fellows salaries are ensured for all 3 years. However, the second and third year of our fellowship is focused on research endeavors and as such fellows are expected to apply for internal and external funding opportunities that align with their research interests and goals. 

VISAS ACCEPTED:  ☒ J1   ☒ H1B

IS COMPLETION OF PEDIATRIC RESIDENCY TRAINING IN THE U.S. OR CANADA A REQUIREMENT?
While this is not a definitive requirement, applicants with such residency training are preferred.

THE PROGRAM OFFERS THE FOLLOWING TRAINING

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
  • Congenital immune deficiencies
  • Oncology patients
  • Premature infants
  • Children with metabolic deficiencies
  • Adolescents
  • International patients

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
  • Fellows in our program are able to pursue mentorship from any faculty on the University of Pennsylvania campus in areas that are specific to or associated with infectious diseases.

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).

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).

Program has an NIH-sponsored training grant.