The Vanderbilt Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program provides an excellent opportunity for a broad-based comprehensive clinical and research experience. The three-year program is designed to prepare fellows for academic careers, tailored to the individual aspirations of the trainee. It is our philosophy that the 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 these goals are accepted into the program.
The program is led by Buddy Creech, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program. The program accepts two fellows each year; clinical training is accomplished in the first 12 months, followed by two years of protected, postdoctoral research. The research work of the division includes host response to infection (e.g., influenza, S. aureus, RSV, and emerging infections such as MERS, Ebola virus, and Marburg virus), bacterial pathogenesis (e.g., C. difficile and S aureus), viral pathogenesis (e.g., respiratory viruses, coronavirus, and HIV), disease surveillance (e.g., diarrheal disease, respiratory disease) and vaccinology, including Phase 1-4 clinical trials of novel vaccine candidates, as well as studies of vaccine safety and vaccine implementation, such as maternal immunization strategies. 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.
Responsibilities on the clinical service include the evaluation and management of children admitted to the 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. Inpatient care is divided into two services. The Edwards Service is responsible for the care of general infectious diseases while the Wright Service cares specifically for children with underlying immunocompromising conditions. Fellows will spend 13 months in clinical training, distributed across the three years of training. All clinical activities are directly supervised by one-on-one interactions with faculty. Fellows also play an integral role in Pediatric Resident teaching conferences, Grand Rounds, and Infectious Diseases conferences, including a weekly pediatric ID conference, moderated by the fellow on service.
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 goal of the research experience is to enable the fellow to compete for research funding at the junior faculty level (e.g., NIH K awards, Clinical Investigator Award, First Award, Industry/Scholar Award, etc.). Fellows are encouraged to present their work at regional and national meetings and publish their work.
Vanderbilt participates in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) of the AAMC. We are currently accepting applications for the 2017 academic year and will conduct interviews of candidates from August – October 2016.
Please feel free to contact Heather Burgess or Dr. Creech with any questions you may have regarding your application to our fellowship program.