Brown Medical School / Rhode Island Hospital

593 Eddy Street
Providence
RI
02903
USA
Phone: (401) 444-8360
Fax: (401) 444-5650

TRAINING PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Penelope H. Dennehy, M.D.

CHIEF OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES: Penelope H Dennehy, MD
RESEARCH INTEREST: Rotavirus vaccine and epidemiology; clinical trials of vaccines and immunobiologics for viral respiratory and gastrointestinal infections

DIVISION MEMBERS:

  • Ian C. Michelow, MBBCh, FCPaed(SA), MMed(Paed), DTM&H
    Research Interests: Malaria Vaccines, Viral Infections in Neonates, Osteomyelitis, Ebola

  • Phyllis T. Losikoff, MD, MPH
    Research Interests: Hepatitis C infection in adolescents

  • Sabina D. Holland, MD
    Research Interests: HIV infection in children and adolescents, Healthcare Disparities, Medical Education

ASSOCIATE MEMBERS:

  • Jerome M. Larkin, MD
    Research Interests: outpatient parenteral antibiotic therapy, tick-related infections, HIV infection in children and adults

  • Natasha Rybak, MD
    Research Interests: global health, tuberculosis (TB), HIV and TB, multi-drug resistant (MDR) tuberculosis among adults and children in Eastern Europe

  • Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH

  • Rami Kantor, MD
    Research Interests: HIV molecular epidemiology and resistance

  • E. Jane Carter, MD
    Research Interests: Tuberculosis Program Development and Care Delivery

  • Leonard A. Mermel, DO
    Research Interests: Infection Control

  • Joseph M. Bliss
    Research Interests: Neonatal host defense against Candida

  • Kim Chapin
    Research Interests: Microbiology, Molecular Diagnostics

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

  • Rusty McCulloh
    • Potential Utility of Multiplex Amplification Respiratory Viral Panel Testing in the Management of Acute Respiratory Infection in Children: A Retrospective Analysis
    • Demographic factors associated with bronchiolitis readmission
  • Tanya Rogo
    • Antiretroviral treatment failure, drug resistance, and subtype diversity in the only pediatric HIV clinic in Rhode Island
    • Evaluation of latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) treatment adherence rates in children in Rhode Island
  • Brian Chow
    • Expressed Breast Milk as a Predictor of Neonatal Yeast Colonization in an Intensive Care Setting
    • Host Defense Proteins in Breast Milk and Neonatal Yeast Colonization
  • Susanna Winston
    • Sexual Risk and HIV Prevalence in Street-Involved Youth in Western Kenya
  • Natasha Rybak
    • Geographic variability in HIV and injection drug use in Ukraine: implications for integration and expansion of drug treatment and HIV care
    • HIV Testing and Entry into HIV Care in Lviv, Western Ukraine 2005-2013
    • The Changing Face of Women Living with HIV in Lviv, Ukraine
  • Sabina Holland
    • Impact of Rotavirus Vaccination on Circulating Rotavirus Genotypes in a State with a Universal Vaccine Policy
  • Theresa Fiorito
    • Borrelia miyamotoi PCR positivity on a tick-borne disease panel in Rhode Island: A case series
    • Serologic response to Borrelia miyamotoi in PCR (+) patients: A follow-up study in Rhode Island
    • Adverse events following mass vaccination with bivalent rLP2086 at college X: An observational, longitudinal study
    • Nephrotoxicity with vancomycin in pediatric populations; a story of augmenting factors
    • Cluster of vaccine-related invasive pneumococcal disease in previously vaccinated healthy children in Rhode Island
  • Zaid Alhinai
    • Retrospective evaluation of the prevalence of acute flaccid myelitis with MRI grey matter findings among children aged <18 years
    • In-Depth Analysis of Oral vs Parenteral Therapy in Pediatric Acute Hematogenous Osteomyelitis

GRANT FUNDING RECEIVED FOR FELLOW RESEARCH PROJECTS:

  • Rusty McCulloh: E. W. Thrasher Award-Early Career Award
  • Brian Chow: E. W. Thrasher Award-Early Career Award

MAJOR FEATURES OF TRAINING PROGRAM:

The goals of this program are acquisition of clinical experience and expertise in pediatric infectious diseases, fostering of skills as an educator, and development of competence to subsequently undertake independent investigation demonstrated by meaningful accomplishment in research during fellowship. The first year is primarily clinical, and includes active participation in monthly pediatric infectious disease conferences and an elective in diagnostic microbiology, transplant ID, and infection control. The primary commitment in the first year is to the development of clinical skills and competence in the subspecialty. In the second year, development of investigative capabilities is emphasized and the fellow is expected to pursue one or more research projects in depth. In the third year, the fellow devotes most of his/her time to research. Opportunities include laboratory, epidemiological, and clinical studies in infectious diseases and related disciplines in the various departments at Brown-affiliated hospitals and on-campus, including the International Health Institute. Brown faculty are currently working on projects in Cambodia, the Philippines, Haiti, and Kenya. Med/Peds combined infectious diseases fellowship training is available.

AFFILIATED HOSPITALS:

  • Hasbro Children's Hospital
    Number of Pediatric Beds: 87
  • Women & Infants Hospital
    Number of Pediatric Beds: 140

FELLOWS ACCEPTED EACH YEAR: 1-2

TRAINING FOR MD; DO; MD, PhD

FUNDING IS ENSURED FOR ALL 3 YEARS: Yes

VISAS ACCEPTED: J1

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

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 Services: YES
HIV, Basic: YES
HIV, Clinical: YES
ACTG Site: NO

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: NO
Solid organ/transplantation: NO
Travelers/adoptees: YES
Adults: YES
Congenital immune deficiencies: NO

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: 37

Average number of established outpatient follow-up visits per month: 39

Average number of new inpatient consultations per month: 40

Number of trainees completing program in the last 5 years: 8