The Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU offers a training program for graduates of pediatric residency programs that is designed to produce experts in the area of pediatric infectious diseases. The successful trainee will be prepared to pass the American Board of Pediatrics examination to become a board-certified PID physician. The program is designed to give the candidate a wide exposure to the principles and practices of both clinical PID and research techniques in PID. The program consists of three years in which the candidate is exposed to clinical material, didactic teaching, reading material and research experiences necessary to pursue a career either as a clinical or academician. This document outlines some of the specifics of the program.
The mission of the VCU Pediatric Division of Infectious Diseases subspecialty fellowship training program is to develop physicians who:
- Are clinically competent in the diagnosis and management of infectious diseases in newborns, infants, children, adolescents and young adults
- Have acquired the operational skills, professionalism and knowledge necessary to direct a pediatric infectious diseases service
- Possess the habits of lifelong learning and a commitment to advancing the science and art of infectious diseases medicine through research and scholarship
- Have the knowledge and skills required to succeed in an academic health care setting
In accordance with Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education requirements, our training program provides 12 months of clinical experience offering both inpatient and outpatient consultations with an attending physician. The majority of these clinical months occur in the first year of the fellowship to provide exposure to a diverse range of infectious diseases. To provide a unique continuity experience that continues throughout the 36 months of fellowship, the fellows also participate in a weekly half-day session of HIV family clinics starting in the first year. This provides direct experience managing a variety of issues of pediatric HIV patients (perinatal exposed and infected infants and children as well as HIV-infected adolescents).
In the first month of the first year, the subspecialty resident rotates through the clinical microbiology and virology laboratories (along with the first-year internal medicine infectious disease fellows) to become familiar with specimen collection and processing, diagnostic laboratory techniques and interpretation of laboratory results. There is also a month rotation on the infection control service to provide an educational experience in hospital infection control and epidemiologic principles that complements a didactic lecture series on these principles. Throughout the training program, there are numerous opportunities for residents to develop teaching skills through lectures to the core pediatric residency program and presentations at various conferences.
In accordance with ACGME requirements, the PID training program at CHoR provides 24 months of research experience for each subspecialty resident. During the first year, each fellow is provided time to explore research opportunities throughout the VCU Medical Center and to identify a research mentor in either the basic or clinical sciences. Many research opportunities exist within the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, but fellows are also encouraged to consider research mentors in a variety of other basic science and clinical departments within the university according to individual interests.
The second and third year provide the fellows with the opportunity to pursue a focused research project. During this protected research time, the fellow is expected to gain experience designing and conducting hypothesis-driven research with the ideal result of submitting a manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal. Trainees are encouraged to attend regional or national meetings for educational experiences as well as to present their research.
The Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases convenes a biweekly clinical conference to discuss recent inpatient and outpatient consultation. This conference also provides a forum for reviewing and evaluating medical literature on topics pertinent to these cases, for discussions regarding systems-based practice and to provide practice-based learning and improvement. The fellow directing the inpatient consultation service is responsible for preparing and presenting selected cases at this conference.
While on the consultation service, subspecialty residents in both pediatric and internal medicine infectious diseases attend laboratory rounds with the clinical microbiology director in the virology and microbiology laboratory. Here, fellows observe the laboratory workup and findings of current patient specimens from both their own consultation cases and other interesting patients at VCU Medical Center.
Several additional conferences are shared with the internal medicine division of infectious diseases, including weekly infectious diseases grand rounds, a didactic lecture series on topics in clinical infectious diseases (using the Mandell textbook as a guide), an HIV lecture series, an epidemiology didactic lecture series and a journal club. Fellows are required to attend these conferences and lecture series throughout their training.
Additional training program information
Dual fellowship programs, combining training in infectious diseases with other specialties in pediatric medicine, can be constructed with the consent of the American Board of Pediatrics. Our training program has attracted and graduated many fellows with dual specialty training in infectious diseases.
How to apply
The infectious disease fellowship program is accredited by the ACGME and participates in the Electronic Residency Application Service. Our next fellowship position will start July 1, 2015. Please submit your application to ERAS when the 2015 recruitment season opens.
Application to the fellowship program is highly competitive. Persons who wish to apply should be board eligible or board certified in pediatrics. Applications from women and minorities are encouraged.
Please visit the ERAS website to submit applications.
Once we have received all application materials in good order, on-site interviews are scheduled. During the interview, candidates will have an opportunity to meet faculty and current fellows and tour the facilities.
If there are any further questions, interested applicants should contact Dr. Marshall or Jennifer Nelson-Dowdy.
View fellowship program information such as contract and benefits, policies, housing opportunities, salary scale and required information on the VCU Graduate Medical Education website.
Beth Marshall, M.D.
Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU
1101 East Marshall Street, Sanger Hall, Room 12-012a
P.O. Box 980163
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0163
Department fellowship coordinator
Pediatric fellowship program coordinator sr.
Department of Pediatrics
Children’s Pavilion, 2nd Floor, Room 2007
1001 East Marshall Street
P.O. Box 980646
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0646
Phone: (804) 628-2616
Fax: (804) 828-6815