Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship

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Overview

The Fellowship Training Program in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Jackson Health System / Jackson Memorial Hospital, in affiliation with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and complies with the current requirements and guidelines established by the ACGME.  The specific long term objective of this Fellowship Training Program is to prepare highly motivated candidates for a career in Pediatric Infectious Diseases in either the academic or private practice setting; the immediate goal being to prepare the fellow to be eligible and successfully pass the Certifying Examination in Pediatric Infectious Diseases on their first attempt.

The choice of topics for the Divisional twice a week seminars are based upon the American Board of Pediatrics Content Outline or study guide for the Sub-board in Pediatric Infectious Diseases. Each fellow is required to take the annual In Training Practice Examination to assess the progress they are making in developing their Knowledge Base in Pediatric Infectious Diseases. On Call (at home) duties are split between the fellows and the attendings.

ACGME Accredited: Yes
Residents or Fellows per year: One
Duration: Three years
Postgraduate Training Required: Yes
U.S. Citizenship Required: No

Residents/Fellows who have graduated our program in the last 10 years obtained faculty positions at:

  • Harvard University
  • Wayne State University
  • University of South Florida.

 
Teaching Hospitals

  • Jackson Memorial Hospital

Requirements
Prospective applicants must have completed Pediatrics residency training in an ACGME-accredited program as per ACGME Guidelines. Applicants must be Pediatrics board-eligible according to the ABP guidelines at the start of the fellowship training.

In addition to US citizens/residents, we also accept J1 and H1B visa applicants

Application Deadline
Application starts July 15
Our program participates in the NRMP Match. Applications for fellowship must be submitted through The Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).
Completed application, submitted via ERAS includes:

  • Completed application including photograph
  • CV
  • Personal statement
  • Medical school transcript
  • USMLE Scores
  • Letter of recommendation from the Pediatric Residency Program Director
  • Three additional letters of recommendation
  • ECFMG certificate (international graduates only)
  • Pediatric Residency Completion Certificate (upon entering program)
  • Should have passed step 3 to be considered for interview

Interviews
Applications will be reviewed once completed by the faculty, and interviews will be extended to qualified applicants. Interview offers will be extended at the beginning of mid-July using the ERAS email system. Interviews will start in August of each year. Prospective resident will be responsible for flight and transportation and we will provide lodging in a nearby area.


 

This Program is affiliated with both the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine and Jackson Memorial Medical Center. The inpatient service provides consultative services to the following hospitals within the Medical Center:  Jackson Memorial Hospital (JMH) and Jackson North Hospital, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Ryder Trauma Center and the Rehabilitation Medicine Center. The patient population spans the gamut from complex primary and secondary immunodeficiencies  (i.e. bone marrow and solid organ transplant recipients, oncological, perinatally and behaviorally acquired  HIV patients), neonates, school-age and adolescents patients with complex infectious disease problems as well as common pediatric infectious diseases (meningitis, bacteremia, osteomyelitis, etc.).  The Neonatal Service at JMH is one of the largest in the country with over 100 committed beds while the Pediatric Transplantation Service is one of the busiest in the United States. The breath and wealth of the clinical service insures that each fellow will have a well-rounded clinical experience. Each fellow rotates through the Clinical Diagnostic Microbiology laboratory, an Infection Control tutorial, and a five day long Translational Science Research “Boot Camp” or seminar to provide them with the foundations in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Each fellow is expected to become involved and complete both a Quality Improvement Project and a Research Project during their Fellowship training.

First Year
Six months of the year are dedicated to the inpatient service at Jackson Memorial Medical Center (JMMC) in which you will be responsible for inpatient consultations on a wide range of infectious diseases including community acquired infections, nosocomial infections, as well as infections in a diverse array of immunocompromised patients, i.e. HIV, bone marrow and solid organ transplantation, and oncology patients. In addition you will be expected to choose a mentor and a project in a clinical, basic or translational area of research. The remainder of the year, your responsibilities will be in the outpatient setting participating in our ambulatory clinics and divisional seminars, i.e. journal clubs, fellows case conferences, etc.  Our first year fellow is required to participate in a one-week “Foundations of Translational Research” course, in order to acquire the tools and skills to develop their research project.  One month long rotation in the Jackson Memorial Hospital Microbiology laboratory and one week Infection Control rotation are scheduled in the first year as well. Each fellow is required to participate, and present at our twice weekly Divisional Teaching Seminars.

Second Year
Three months of the year will be allotted to your inpatient duties as described in the first year and the remainder will focus on your research. In addition, you are expected to lead multidisciplinary journal clubs, aid in the development of clinical care guidelines and take an active role in the education of the pediatric house staff, including  presentations during “ID week” and board review sessions.

Third Year
As our senior fellow, you are responsible to schedule our divisional meetings and assist the Director with the administration of the Fellowship program, i.e. on call schedules, organizing and scheduling Divisional conferences. In addition to the presentations as described in the second year, you will be expected to give a lecture in the Pediatric Grand Rounds as a culmination of your training.  Your research project is expected to be completed prior to your graduation from the program.


 

Board Exam Requirements
Certification by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP)
An applicant must be currently certified in general pediatrics to be accepted for a pediatric subspecialty certifying examination. Applicants whose time-limited certification will expire before the examination must complete the requirements for maintenance of certification at least 5 months before the examination date.

Research
The Division is located on the second floor of the Batchelor Children’s Research Institute; an eight story complex dedicated to Pediatric Research in the Schoninger Research Quadrangle.  The Division has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health for over 30 years to conduct research on Pediatric HIV/AIDS.  We were one of the first sites to be awarded funding for conducting clinical trials involving children and families affected by HIV/AIDS and have been continuously funded via this Network for over 25 years. Members of the division faculty have been involved in both domestic and international HIV/ AIDS research with projects in several countries in Sub-Sahara Africa and the Caribbean.  The University of Miami has also been awarded a NIH Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) grant and has recruited many internationally recognized scientists with a shared interest in HIV.

Abundant opportunities exist for fellows interested in pursuing a research project not related to HIV. The large neonatal and pediatric transplant populations have recently been utilized as part of fellows’ research projects.

The Division does not restrict the fellows research to projects involving only our Division thereby providing the breath of investigative and mentoring opportunities available within the University.

Call
On call duties are shared equally between the fellows and the attending assigned to the inpatient service.

Alixe Marcial
Phone: (786) 486-6677

Charles DeBeaux Mitchell, M.D.
Program Director
Phone: (305) 243-2700
Fax: (305) 243-5562

Prospective Residents

Physicians Services / Housestaff Office
Jackson Memorial Hospital
East Tower Room 1004
1611 NW 12th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33136
Phone: 305-355-1122
Fax: 305-355-1123

Graduate Medical Education Office
Jackson Memorial Hospital
Institute 118B
1611 NW 12th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33136
Phone: 305-585-4310
Fax: 305-585-4309

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