The Division’s three-year fellowship seeks to train highly qualified physicians for teaching and research careers. Postdoctoral fellows may also be accepted to further their basic research training. Over a three-year period, comprehensive instruction is provided in both clinical and laboratory disciplines. 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 at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego and the University of California, San Diego Health System. Outpatient care training is obtained in general pediatric infectious diseases, 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 they contribute significantly to the education of UC San Diego staff and medical students. Close ties are maintained with the UC San Diego Adult Infectious Diseases Training Program; this includes a monthly joint conference. Fellows also participate in a monthly evening Infectious Diseases
Journal Club hosted at the homes of Division faculty members.More than two years of the fellowship are dedicated to the development of skills in a selected area of contemporary research and laboratory technology. Often, the research development occurs in the laboratory or clinical research program of the Division
faculty members. However, countless additional research opportunities are available throughout the UC San Diego School of Medicine and at affiliated research institutions in the San Diego area.
Research interests of our faculty include the basic pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cytomegalovirus and human immunodeficiency virus infections; pediatric AIDS; pediatric tuberculosis; the 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 of this program have gone on to hold academic positions at medical schools 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 program is outstanding preparation for a successful career in pediatric infectious disease within an academic, research or clinical environment.