St. Christopher's Hospital for Children / Drexel University College of Medicine

Erie Avenue at Front Street, Suite 1112
Philadelphia
PA
19134-1095
USA
Phone: (215) 427-5201
Fax: (215) 427-8389

CHIEF OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES/TRAINING PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Sarah S Long, MD
RESEARCH INTERESTS: Biology of Bordetellae; epidemiology of vaccine preventable diseases

ASSOCIATE: Janet S Chen, MD
RESEARCH INTEREST: HIV Clinical trails

ASSOCIATE: Irini Daskalaki, MD
RESEARCH INTEREST: Public health; vaccine policy and implementation

ASSOCIATE: Jill A Foster, MD
RESEARCH INTEREST: Comprehensive maternal-infant clinical care for HIV infection; access to education & care

ASSOCIATE: Jane M Gould, MD
RESEARCH INTEREST: Infection prevention and control; microbial pathogenesis and host response; C-reactive protein in human mucosal immunity

ASSOCIATE: Keith D Herzog, MD
RESEARCH INTEREST: Education; quality improvement

ASSOCIATE: Sarah L Wingerter, MD
RESEARCH INTEREST: Infectious diseases in emergency medicine

ASSOCIATE: Sheila J Wood, PhD
RESEARCH INTEREST: Molecular diagnostics in bacteriology/virology; antimicrobial resistance

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

Center KJ, Reboli AC, Hubler R, Rodgers GL, and Long SS. Decreased vancomycin susceptibility of coagulase-negative staphylococci in a neonatal intensive care unit: Evidence of spread of Staphylococcus-warneri. J Clin Microbiol 2003;41:4660-4665.

Daskalaki I, Hennessey P, Hubler R, Long SS. Resource consumption in the infection control management of pertussis exposure among healthcare workers in pediatrics. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2007;28:412-417.

Daskalaki I, Spain CV, Long SS, Watson B. Implementation of rotavirus immunization in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: high levels of vaccine ineligibility and off-label use. Pediatrics 2008;122:e33-38.

Daskalaki I, Wood SJ, Inumerable YM, Long SS. Epidemiology of rotavirus-associated hospitalizations: Northeast Philadelphia, 2000-2008.

Stein, TE, Long SS. Empiric acyclovir therapy for herpes simplex virus infection in the first month of life.

MAJOR FEATURES OF TRAINING PROGRAM:

The goal of this program is to prepare candidates for careers in academic pediatric infectious diseases, and to qualify them for certification in the subspecialty. The special abilities and commitment of faculty members make a program with dual strengths in developing the fellow’s clinical expertise- infused with critical medical literature - as well as building solid investigational skills. St. Christopher’s Hospital, in its second century of care and in a modern facility in North Philadelphia , is the 183 bed tertiary care clinical base for an intensive subspecialty education through consultative care. Diagnoses span the spectrum of common infectious disease manifest in their most severe form in a population of urban disadvantaged children, to complicated and unusual infections in children referred for specialized programs such as in oncology, cardiothoracic surgery, transplantation, cystic fibrosis and sickle cell disease. Full-service diagnostic laboratories in microbiology and virology are on site and are directed by innovative doctorate directors who participate fully in clinical and research activities of the Section of Infectious Diseases. The research program is tailored to the candidate’s career goals, providing mentorship from molecular biology to epidemiology and education. At least 12 months is spent in both clinical work and in research, with some flexibility to tailor further emphasis. University resources provide the opportunity for graduate study. Strong ties with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health provide exceptional educational and research opportunities.

AFFILIATED HOSPITALS: None

NUMBER OF PEDIATRIC BEDS: 183

FELLOWS ACCEPTED EACH YEAR: 1-2

TRAINING FOR MD; DO; MD, PhD: Yes

FUNDING IS ENSURED FOR ALL 3 YEARS: YES

VISAS ACCEPTED: J1, Other: YES

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
Other – Please specify: Serology, fungal isolation and susceptibility testing

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: NO
Virology/viral diseases: YES
Antimicrobial agents: YES
Other – Please specify:

Research opportunities in the section’s program could be described as:

Basic (bench): NO
Molecular: YES
Translational: YES
Epidemiologic: YES
Clinical: YES
International/Public Health: YES
Health Services: YES
HIV, Basic: NO
HIV, Clinical: YES
ACTG Site: YES
Other – Please specify:

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

Other – Please specify:

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: NO
Adults: NO
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: NO

Average number of new outpatient consultations per month: 10-15

Average number of established outpatient follow-up visits per month: <10

Average number of new inpatient consultations per month: 70-80

Number of trainees completing program in the last 5 years: (2002-2007) 2