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The Vanderbilt Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program provides an excellent opportunity for a broad-based comprehensive clinical and research experience. The three-year program prepares fellows for academic careers, tailored to the individual trainee's aspirations. 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.

Ritu Banerjee, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital is the Fellowship Director, and Isaac Thomsen, MD, MSCI, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases serves as the Co-Director. The program accepts up to two fellows each year. The majority of clinical training is accomplished in the first year of fellowship, followed by two years of primarily protected time for postdoctoral research. Projects may include global health, outcomes research, clinical research, public health, and laboratory research (including in host responses, bacterial and viral pathogenesis, and vaccinology) and may be conducted within the division or in collaboration with other departments at Vanderbilt. The training program provides outstanding research and clinical experiences, including infection control and antimicrobial stewardship.

The research work of the division includes investigation of host responses 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.

The clinical experience

Responsibilities on the clinical service include the evaluation and management of children admitted to 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 (Immunocompromised Host Service) cares specifically for children with underlying immunocompromising conditions, and fellows spend time on each service. Fellows will spend a total of 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 also have training experience in the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory and rotate with the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program during their first year.

The research experience

Fellows will have a concentrated, two to three-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.

Application process

Vanderbilt participates in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) of the AAMC. We are currently accepting applications for the 2020 academic year and will conduct interviews of candidates from August – October 2019.

Contact Eve Stephens or Dr. Banerjee with questions regarding your application to our fellowship program.


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