Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship

The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and Connecticut Children’s exposes the fellow to a broad range of experiences in outpatient and inpatient clinical care, as well as training in the non-clinical skills necessary to be an effective infectious disease subspecialist. Fellows will partake in 12 to 18 months of inpatient work, spread over the three-year fellowship. The remaining of their time will be largely focused on research, including opportunities for laboratory-based projects at the University of Connecticut campuses in Farmington and Storrs, as well as research laboratories at Hartford Hospital. The fellow will have specific teaching and experiences in infection prevention and hospital epidemiology, antimicrobial stewardship, and clinical microbiology. A weekly continuity clinic in our busy outpatient department rounds out the core training. Fellows will be expected to take on continuity patients with chronic infections or immune deficiencies, in addition to consultation for acute problems and hospital follow-ups.

Unique Training Opportunities

The fellows will be expected to play a significant role in the hospital Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, in preparation for the role of an infectious disease physician in the modern era of antibiotic-resistance and new hospital regulations for stewardship. In addition, we have a considerable number of patients with primary immune deficiencies and HIV infection, exposing the fellows to clinical cases that augment their understanding of opportunistic infections and immunology with hands-on care.

Who we are

The division currently has 10 clinical faculty, including two board-certified pediatric immunologists and a pediatric infectious disease pharmacist. Clinical staff includes five social workers, two nurses, a medical office assistant, and an APRN. Connecticut Children’s is home to a full range of pediatric subspecialties, including pediatric intensive care, hematology/oncology, and solid-organ transplant patients seen in collaboration with the renal and gastroenterology divisions. A combined Infectious Diseases/Pulmonary clinic is present for patients with cystic fibrosis or other complex lung diseases. Research faculty at the University of Connecticut round out the membership of the division.

Diversity and inclusion are foundational elements of the University of Connecticut Pediatric Fellowship Programs at Connecticut Children’s. Consistent with this focus we pursue diversity in all its varied expressions, including but not limited to, gender, race, ethnicity, physical ability, sexual orientation, and gender identity; with the goal of providing an educational environment that fosters the success of learners who are representative of the population of Connecticut, and a clinical environment that provides high quality healthcare to the myriad communities of the State.

On behalf of the program director, faculty and staff, we welcome you to explore this program. Please feel free to contact Alivia Rhault, program coordinator, at arhault@connecticutchildrens.org  with any questions.

Mission and Aims

The mission of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Program is to produce leaders in the field of Pediatric Infectious Diseases.

By providing our fellows with experience, education, and support, we aim to develop:

  1. Clinicians able to care for children with common and uncommon infectious diseases in ambulatory and acute care settings.
  2. Clinicians who are able to provide clinical care and consultation for treatment and prevention of infectious diseases for children and young adults planning to travel outside of the United States.
  3. Researchers who can demonstrate scholarly activity by developing methods of inquiry and study design, and successfully applying investigative techniques.
  4. Educators who can effectively share their expertise with trainees, other health care providers, and the community at large.

      New Additional AIMS:

      Our fellow’s education will be enhanced by experience and exposure in the following areas:

      1. Our Antimicrobial Stewardship program is a particularly unique program run by Infectious Diseases and Pharm D where our fellows will have an opportunity to train in a highly desirable field.
      2. Our Pediatric Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency program is a unique program not widely offered in other Pediatric Infectious Diseases programs throughout the country. Our fellows will have the opportunity to both learn from expert Pharm.D. faculty and to teach Pharm.D. Infectious Diseases residents during their combined rotations.