The UCSD / Children's Hospital Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program seeks to train highly-qualified physicians for teaching and research careers. Over a three year period, comprehensive instruction is provided in both clinical and laboratory disciplines. Ph.D. postdoctoral fellows may also be accepted to further their basic research training. Clinical education emphasizes thorough development of skills and knowledge in pediatric infectious disease, including direct training in clinical microbiology and virology. Inpatient care experience is gained from a busy infectious disease consultative service provided to a tertiary-level Children’s Hospital and the University Medical Center. Outpatient care training is obtained in general pediatric ID, pediatric AIDS and pediatric TB clinics, as well as via phone consultations with community physicians. The detailed clinical component of this fellowship program ensures that graduates will be well-prepared to pass the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Board Certification Examination of the American Board of Pediatrics.
The faculty and fellows of the Pediatric Infectious Disease division meet weekly for Pediatric Infectious Diseases clinical case conferences, and contribute significantly to the education of UCSD housestaff and medical students. Close ties are maintained with the UCSD Adult Infectious Diseases Training Program including a monthly joint conference. Fellows also participate in a monthly evening Infectious Diseases Journal Club hosted at the homes of Infectious Disease Faculty members.
More than twenty-four months of the fellowship is protected time for development of skills in a selected area of contemporary research and laboratory technology. Often the research development program occurs in the laboratory or clinical research program of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases faculty members . However, countless additional research opportunities are available throughout the UCSD School of Medicine and at affiliated research institutions in the San Diego area. Research interests of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases faculty include the basic pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cytomegalovirus and human immunodeficiency virus infections, pediatric AIDS, pediatric tuberculosis, epidemiology of invasive pneumococcal disease, rapid viral diagnosis, viral and bacterial vaccines, the delivery of pediatric and adult immunizations in the community, molecular pathogenesis of group A and B streptococcal infection, antimicrobial peptides and innate immunity, epidemiology of tropical infectious diseases, treatment of otitis media and central nervous system infections, and phase I-III clinical trials of antibiotics, antivirals, antifungals, and biologic response modifiers. Many graduates from the UCSD Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship program have gone on to hold academic positions at Schools of Medicine or pediatric teaching hospitals. They are also highly qualified in clinical microbiology and excellent care providers for infants and children with infectious diseases. The overall result of this three year program is outstanding preparation for a successful career in pediatric infectious disease within an academic, research or clinical environment.