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Our Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Training Program provides an excellent opportunity for a broad-based, comprehensive clinical and research experience. The three-year program prepares the fellow for an academic career. It is our philosophy that investigative and clinical skills acquired during training should distinguish the fellow as highly competitive for research funding and outstanding in clinical competence. We strive for collegiality in a friendly, intellectually curious atmosphere. Only those applicants who have the potential to fulfill all these goals are accepted into the program.

The program is led by Buddy Creech, M.D., MPH and Natasha Halasa, M.D., MPH. There are currently six fellows in the fellowship program. Clinical training is accomplished in the first 12 months with two years of largely protected time in the subsequent two years. The research work of the fellows includes immunology (influenza,  S. aureus, and RSV), S. aureus pathogenesis, and vaccine responsiveness to avian influenza. Our fellows have been recognized through national awards such as the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Award, NIH Loan Repayment Program, and other NIH and industry sponsored fellowship grants. 

The Clinical Experience
Responsibilities on the clinical service include evaluation and management of inpatients in Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, as well as outpatient consultations in the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Clinic, the Pediatric HIV clinic, and the Pediatric Emergency Department. Fellows are expected to spend approximately one year of the three year training program in clinical training. All clinical activities are directly supervised by one-on-one interaction with the attending staff. Fellows attend and are asked to contribute to Grand Rounds, Morning Report, Chief Resident's Conference, and various research conferences. A weekly pediatric ID conference, moderated by the fellow on service, adds to the clinical experience.

The Research Experience
Fellows will have a concentrated, 2 to 3 year research experience. Projects may include bench, clinical, or translational research endeavors and may be conducted within the division or in collaboration with other clinical or basic science departments at Vanderbilt. The Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases is committed to basic laboratory and clinical research. The goal of the research experience is to fully enable the fellow to compete for research funding at the junior faculty level (Clinical Investigator Award, First Award, Industry/Scholar Award, etc.). Fellows are encouraged to present their work at national meetings and publish their work.

Application Process
Vanderbilt participates in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) of the AAMC. We are currently accepting applications for the 2014 academic year and will conduct interviews of candidates from December 2012 - February 2013.

Please feel free to contact heather.burgess@vanderbilt.edu with any questions you may have regarding your application to our fellowship program.

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