The goal of the ACGME accredited Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is to train clinician-investigators for careers in academic infectious diseases, with expertise in clinical infectious diseases, microbial pathogenesis, infection control, antibiotic stewardship and epidemiology. Opportunities are available within the medical center for fellows interested in basic, translational or clinical research.
Training takes place at Kravis Children’s Hospital, a major tertiary care center with virtually all pediatric subspecialties represented and situated within the campus of The Mount Sinai Hospital in Upper Manhattan. Among many other services, the hospital has a large pediatric solid organ transplant program, a busy pediatric hematology-oncology program, a stem cell transplant service, and an HIV program that cares for patients with HIV off all ages. Hospital based clinics and private practices in the area provide primary pediatric care to a large population of children throughout Manhattan. Fellows have the option to rotate through Elmhurst Medical Center in Queens, NY, which serves a large, very diverse, recent immigrant population. As a result, fellows are exposed to patients with a wide variety of underlying conditions and infectious complications, as well as to healthy children with more traditional, community acquired infections. The division also participates in an antibiotic stewardship program and an infection control program.
The Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases includes 3 full-time, board-certified pediatric infectious disease specialist, as well as voluntary faculty. We have a close working relationship with the Division of Adult Infectious Diseases, the Division of Sexually Transmitted and Infectious Diseases (Department Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences), the Department of Microbiology, the Global Health and Emerging Pathogens Institute, and Mount Sinai Global Health, at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and with the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory at The Mount Sinai Hospital. There are several combined activities including joint conferences and journal clubs and the opportunity for pediatric fellows to rotate through the adult service and in the microbiology laboratory.
Typically, the first year of training is spent primarily on the clinical service with some time dedicated to a rotation in the microbiology lab. During the first year, fellows also participate in a course covering major topics in infectious diseases, biostatistics, and clinical epidemiology. Also during the first year, fellows have the opportunity to meet with faculty from our division or from other divisions or departments, and to choose a topic of research and a mentor. The second and third years are mostly dedicated to research activities.
Regularly scheduled conferences include:
- Weekly Pediatric Infectious Diseases Case Conference/Journal Club/Topic Review
- Weekly combined Infectious Disease/Global Health and Emerging Pathogens Research Seminar
- Weekly combined Adult/Pediatric ID Case Presentation
- Biweekly Microbiology rounds
- Weekly Pediatric Grand Rounds
Additional seminars, journal clubs, and courses are available in the Hospital, the School of Medicine, and the Graduate School for fellows with specific interests. Applications from interested candidates are accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS), and fellows are chosen exclusively through the fall Specialty Matching Service of the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). Three letters of recommendation, a personal statement and a USMLE transcript are required with the application. Applications are accepted starting on July of the year prior to the fellowship start date, interviews are held from August through October, and the Match results are announced in November. Although all of the applicant's prior work will be considered when evaluating candidates for admission into the fellowship program, no prior research experience is required. Applicants must hold a New York State license or permit by the date the fellowship begins. The medical center sponsors J-1 or H-1 visas.
Roberto Posada, MD