ID Fellowship Curriculum

Clinical Component
Clinical training under supervision of Program faculty is the major emphasis of the first year. With increasing experience, the fellow is given more responsibility for clinical evaluation, diagnosis and management in both direct patient care and consultation services. Fellow competency in areas of patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism and systems based practice is the objective of this clinical training.

Teaching Component
Through the duration of the fellowship, didactic instruction in basic concepts of microbiologic diagnosis, ID management, ID therapeutics, ID prevention, immunology/host defense related to infectious diseases, infection control, epidemiology and statistics are given. Both weekly (Tidewater Infectious Disease Conference, Pediatric Infectious Disease Divisional meeting and Pediatric Grand Rounds) and monthly (CHKD Resident Research Conference series) conferences are the major components of the didactic teaching program. Fellow attendance at these conferences is mandatory.

Fellows are also involved in the education of housestaff and students through presentation of cases at the weekly Tidewater Infectious Disease Conference, presentation of didactic lectures to residents and students on selected pediatric infectious disease topics, teaching of residents and students at the patient's bedside, and participation in the Clinical Correlate Session presented to MSII students as part of the EVMS Microbiology & Immunology Course.

Fellows are also encouraged to participate annually in the Department of Pediatrics "Research Day" Grand Rounds which provides an opportunity for oral presentation of research results to Department and Community pediatric faculty, pediatric residents and students.

Research Component
During the second and third years, each fellow initiates one (or more) research project under the mentorship and supervision of a Training Program faculty member. Research projects may be basic research, clinical research or public-health related research. Each fellow is expected to deliver at least one presentation at a national meeting and publish at least one peer-reviewed manuscript describing the results of their research activities.

For each project, the fellow is responsible for developing a 3-5 page written research plan that includes sections that state the Hypothesis, Specific Aims, provide an Introduction and Background, Planned Methods and Anticipated Results. Over the course of the proposed project, each fellow will be responsible for its implementation and performance, data analysis and abstract/manuscript preparation under the guidance of their faculty mentor/supervisor. All program faculty members are available for consultation on a fellow's research projects.