SUNY Upstate Medical University

750 E. Adams Street
Syracuse, NY
13210

Phone: (315) 464-6331
Fax: (315) 464-7564

TRAINING PROGRAM DIRECTOR:  Leonard B. Weiner, MD

ASSOCIATE/CO-DIRECTOR:  Jana Shaw, MD

COORDINATOR: Ms. Nuala Wheat

CHIEF, INFECTIOUS DISEASES:  Leonard B. Weiner, MD

MAJOR FEATURES OF TRAINING PROGRAM:  The three-year (36 months) subspecialty fellowship program is designed to prepare pediatricians for a career in academic pediatric infectious diseases with a focus on clinical care and research. The first year of the fellowship is primarily dedicated to inpatient and outpatient clinical training. The second and third years of the fellowship focus on research training in either the clinical or basic sciences. The development of teaching skills is emphasized, with fellows being given opportunities to develop educational portfolios and didactic skills. Fellows are expected to present their research data at national/international meetings and to publish one to two manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals. Investigative and clinical skills acquired during our training program distinguish our fellows as highly competitive for research funding and outstanding in clinical competence. The Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship Program fulfills the requirements for subspecialty training in pediatric infectious diseases prescribed by the American Board of Pediatrics ABP) and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). After successful completion, fellows are eligible to sit for the ABP Pediatric Infectious Diseases sub-board examination to become board-certified.

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

  1. Multidisciplinary Guidance Regarding the Use of Immunomodulatory Therapies for Acute Coronavirus Disease 2019 in Pediatric Patients.
    Dulek DE, Fuhlbrigge RC, Tribble AC, Connelly JA, Loi MM, El Chebib H, Chandrakasan S, Otto WR, Diorio C, Keim G, Walkovich K, Jaggi P, Girotto JE, Yarbrough A, Behrens EM, Cron RQ, Bassiri H. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2020 Dec 31;9(6):716-737. doi: 10.1093/jpids/piaa098. PMID: 32808988
  2. Anaerobic Necrotizing Pneumonia: Another Potential Life-threatening Complication of Vaping? El Chebib H, McArthur K, Gorbonosov M, Domachowske JB. Pediatrics. 2020 Apr;145(4):e20193204. doi: 10.1542/peds.2019-3204. Epub 2020 Mar 4.
  3. Affluence as a predictor of vaccine refusal and underimmunization in California private kindergartens. McNutt LA, Desemone C, DeNicola E, El Chebib H, Nadeau JA, Bednarczyk RA, Shaw J. Vaccine. 2016 Mar 29;34(14):1733-8. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2015.11.063. Epub 2015 Dec 8. PMID: 26679403
  4. Lead Exposure in Newly Resettled Pediatric Refugees in Syracuse, NY. Lupone CD, Daniels D, Lammert D, Borsuk R, Hobart T, Lane S, Shaw A.
    J Immigr Minor Health. 2020 Feb;22(1):34-43. doi: 10.1007/s10903-019-00880-y. PMID: 30895418

GRANT FUNDING RECEIVED FOR FELLOW RESEARCH PROJECTS:

Clark Pediatric Research Fund Award

AFFILIATED HOSPITALS:

Golisano Children’s Hospital, Syracuse
Crouse Hospital

NUMBER OF INPATIENT/OUTPATIENT CONSULTS PER YEAR: 1,540

FELLOWS ACCEPTED EACH YEAR:  1

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. Bioethics
  5. Clinical trials
  6. Epidemiology and statistics
  7. Global health
  8. HIV
  9. Immunizations
  10. Infection control/hospital epidemiology
  11. Medical education
  12. Mycology/fungal infections
  13. Parasitology/parasitic diseases
  14. Public health
  15. Quality improvement
  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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