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Welcome to Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Training Program, which has been preparing Pediatricians for rewarding careers in research and patient care for more than 30 years. Graduates of the program have been successful in a variety of professional settings, including academia, government and industry. In addition to clinical training, each Pediatric Infectious Diseases fellow completes a closely mentored research project under the guidance of selected training faculty, drawn both from within the Division and throughout Yale University.

The Yale Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship offers clinical and research training for individuals who have completed a Pediatrics (or combined Medicine-Pediatrics) residency and seek Board Certification in Pediatric Infectious Diseases. Clinical activities include inpatient and outpatient Infectious Diseases consultations at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital, didactic conferences, journal clubs, weekly pediatric ID rounds, and monthly case presentations held jointly with our colleagues from the University of Connecticut.

In addition to clinical training, each Fellow pursues a closely mentored research experience under the supervision of a Yale faculty member with expertise in clinical, basic, and/or translational research. Training faculty are drawn from across the University, and represent a diverse, collaborative community of accomplished investigators studying a variety of infectious diseases, including viral infections, parasitic diseases, vector biology, and bacterial infections. Faculty are grouped into 3 defined training tracks, according to their specific research interests: Microbial Pathogenesis, Global Health, and Clinical Epidemiology. Of note, the considerable overlap among faculty in these tracks has created interesting opportunities for Fellows to conduct interdisciplinary, cross-cutting research under joint mentorship.

Length of training

The period of training is generally 3 years, although individuals committed to a research career may stay for an additional (4th) year. Funding for the full 3 years of fellowship is provided by the Department of Pediatrics, Yale-New Haven Hospital, and an NIH Training Grant (T32) that is currently in its 35th year of continuous support. Fellows are encouraged to apply for individual fellowship awards to support the transition to faculty status.

Below is a representative 3 year schedule for Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellows.

Year 1

  • Clinical infectious diseases consultation service [6-8 months]
  • Elective in Diagnostic Microbiology (optional) [1 month]
  • Elective in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology (optional) [1 month]
  • Pediatric AIDS Clinic [Bi-Monthly]
  • Mentored laboratory/clinical research [2-4 months]
  • Concurrent with other activities: 
    • Courses and Seminars available to Fellows 
    • Seminar on Responsible Conduct of Research 
    • Pediatric Fellows Weekly Research Seminar 
    • Graduate level courses (Yale Investigative Medicine Program, Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, School of Public Health)

Years 2-3

  • Laboratory research [8-10 months]
  • Concurrent with other activities:
    • Courses and Seminars available to Fellows
    • Seminar on Responsible Conduct of Research
    • Pediatric Fellows weekly Research Seminar
    • Graduate level courses (Yale Investigative Medicine Program, Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, School of Public Health)
  • Clinical infectious diseases consultation services [2-3 months]
  • Outpatient Clinic (Pediatric AIDS, Winchester Tuberculosis, or International Adoption) [Monthly]

Course offerings available to Pediatric Infectious Diseases Trainees

As part of their fellowship, trainees are offered the opportunity complete formal didactic coursework offered by graduate and professional programs at Yale University (see above). Fellows may be eligible for a Master’s in Public Health or a Master’s in Health Sciences degree, as well as a PhD specifically developed for physicians awarded through the Yale Investigative Medicine Program.

Research Training

During the first year of training, we work closely with our Fellows to identify appropriate and supportive mentors from across the University community. Fellows are encouraged to seek mentors from any relevant Department, School or Program at Yale, based on mutual interests and compatibility. The Yale faculty listed on the websites below are among the diverse pool of eligible mentors for Pediatric ID Fellows:

Yale Pediatric Infectious Diseases Division

Department of Microbial Pathogenesis

Yale Interdisciplinary Program in Microbiology

Yale School of Public Health Division of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases

Yale Adult Infectious Diseases Division


Yale University is a truly global institution, and many Infectious Diseases training faculty are engaged in international collaborative research. Trainees may have opportunities to spend part of their fellowship working internationally under the guidance of a Yale faculty mentor and an international colleague.

Current Postdoctoral Fellows (2017-18):

Julia Glanternik, MD (Montefiore-Albert Einstein College of Medicine)

Melissa Campbell, MD (University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine)

Danielle Gibbs, MD (University of Limerick, Ireland)

Applications

For more information, please read our Fellowship Training Brochure. Applications are currently being accepted through the ERAS system. For additional assistance, please contact Ms. Karen Lavery.