Baylor College of Medicine

One Baylor Plaza
Houston, TX
77030

TRAINING PROGRAM DIRECTOR:  Debra L. Palazzi, MD, MEd

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR/CO-DIRECTOR:  Lindsay Cameron, MD, MPH

COORDINATOR:  Ms. Cindy Gaskill

CHIEF, INFECTIOUS DISEASES:  Sheldon L. Kaplan, MD

MAJOR FEATURES OF TRAINING PROGRAM:  The Pediatric Infectious Diseases fellowship program at Baylor College of Medicine is one component of the largest pediatric departments in the United States. The Texas Medical Center provides an exciting, diverse and very stimulating learning environment for our post-graduate fellows in training. The fellowship program is a three-year training program designed to prepare pediatricians for a career in pediatric infectious diseases. The first year of fellowship is primarily dedicated to clinical training at Texas Children’s Hospital. Years two and three of the fellowship program are dedicated to receiving basic, translational or clinical mentored research training. In addition to the clinical and research training, the Baylor pediatric infectious diseases fellows complete rotations in clinical microbiology/virology, molecular microbiology, retrovirology, infection control and prevention and antimicrobial stewardship.

TITLE(S) OF RECENT FELLOWS’ PUBLISHED PAPERS OR RESEARCH PROJECTS:

  1. Margaret Taylor:  Intermittent education and audit and feedback reduce inappropriate prescribing of oral third-generation cephalosporins for pediatric upper respiratory tract infections.
  2. Saki Ikeda:  Epidemiology and clinical characteristics of childhood TB identified using active and passive case finding.
  3. Mary Fortini:  HACEK Infective Endocarditis at a Tertiary Children’s Hospital.
  4. Denver Niles:  Plasma Metagenomic Next-Generation Sequencing Assay for Identifying Pathogens: a Retrospective Review of Test Utilization in a Large Children’s Hospital.
  5. Juri Boguniewicz and Gabriella S Lamb:  Comparison of Musculoskeletal Infections due to Nontyphoidal Salmonella Species and Staphylococcus aureus in Immunocompetent Children.

AFFILIATED HOSPITALS:

  • Texas Children’s Hospital

NUMBER OF INPATIENT/OUTPATIENT CONSULTS PER YEAR:  2,000

FELLOWS ACCEPTED EACH YEAR:  3

VISAS ACCEPTED:  J1

FUNDING ENSURED FOR ALL 3 YEARS:  Yes

IS COMPLETION OF PEDIATRIC RESIDENCY TRAINING IN THE U.S. OR CANADA A REQUIREMENT?  Yes

Program provides training (didactic lectures, hands on experience, or antimicrobial stewardship meetings/membership) in:

  1. Microbiology lab on site
  2. Infection control and hospital epidemiology
  3. Antimicrobial stewardship
  4. Immunocompromised hosts

Opportunities to fulfill the ABP requirements for scholarly activity is available in the following general areas:

  1. Antimicrobial agents
  2. Antimicrobial stewardship
  3. Bacteriology/bacterial infections
  4. Clinical trials
  5. Epidemiology and statistics
  6. Global health
  7. HIV
  8. Immunizations
  9. Infection control/hospital epidemiology
  10. Medical education
  11. Mycology/fungal infections
  12. Parasitology/parasitic diseases
  13. Public health
  14. Quality improvement
  15. Transplant medicine
  16. Virology/viral diseases

Opportunities exist for research outside of the ID Division:  Yes

Program offers the opportunity to obtain a Master’s degree in a field such as Public Health, Education, Clinical Sciences, or Epidemiology (assuming appropriate arrangements are made): Yes

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