Yale University School of Medicine

464 Congress Avenue
New Haven, CT
06519
Phone: (203) 785-4730
Fax: (203) 785-6961

TRAINING PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Elijah Paintsil, MD

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR/CO-DIRECTOR: Eugene Shapiro, MD

COORDINATOR:  Ms. Susan Prisley

CHIEF, INFECTIOUS DISEASES:  Elijah Paintsil, MD

MAJOR FEATURES OF TRAINING PROGRAM:  The Yale Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship offers combined clinical and research training for individuals who have completed a Pediatrics (or combined Medicine-Pediatrics) residency. Clinical activities include inpatient and outpatient Infectious Diseases consultations at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital. Our goals are to identify and to recruit outstanding applicants to our program and to help them learn to think critically and to acquire research skills and experience that will prepare them for careers in clinical/translational research in globally significant infectious diseases that will make a real contribution to improving health. The formal program of each trainee will vary, depending on their prior training and current plans for their careers. Trainees who do not already have an advanced degree (eg, PhD, MPH) are encouraged to enroll in either a PhD in Investigational Medicine or a Master of Health Science degree program during their training. The skills that they gain through our program of focused didactic training, interactions with a diverse group of scholars in a multidisciplinary academic community and a mentored research experience with outstanding scientists who are experienced mentors will provide them with the tools to begin successful careers in pediatric infectious diseases. In addition to clinical training, we offer two main research tracks—clinical and laboratory.

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

  1. Oliveira CR, Costa GS, Paploski IA, Kikuti M, Kasper AM, Silva MM, Tavares AS, Cruz JS, Queiroz TL, Lima HC, Calcagno J, Reis MG, Weinberger DM, Shapiro ED, Ko AI, Ribeiro GS. 2016, Influenza-like illness in an urban community of Salvador, Brazil: incidence, seasonality and risk factors. BMC infectious diseases. 16: 125. PMCID: PMC4791800.
  2. Esona MD, Roy S, Rungsrisuriyachai K, Sanchez J, Vasquez L, Gomez V, Aviles-Rios LA, Bowen MD, Vazquez M. 2017, Characterization of a triple-recombinant, reassortant rotavirus strain from the Dominican Republic. J Gen Virol. 98(2):134-142. PMID: 27983480.
  3. Oliveira CR, Niccolai P, Ortiz AM, Sheth SS, Shapiro ED, Niccolai LM, Brandt CA. Natural Language Processing for Surveillance of Cervical and Anal Cancer and Precancer: Algorithm
    Development and Split-Validation Study. JMIR medical informatics. 2020 November 3;8(11):e20826. PubMed PMID: 32469840; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7671846; DOI:
    10.2196/20826.
  4. Perniciaro SR, Weinberger DM. Variations in state-level SARS-COV-2 testing recommendations in the United States, March-July 2020. medRxiv : the preprint server for health sciences. 2020 November 15. PubMed PMID: 33200142; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7668755; DOI: 10.1101/2020.09.04.20188326.
  5. Fernandes DM, Oliveira CR, Guerguis S, Eisenberg R, Choi J, Kim M, Abdelhemid A, Agha R, Agarwal S, Aschner JL, Avner JR, Ballance C, Bock J, Bhavsar SM, Campbell M, Clouser KN, Gesner M, Goldman DL, Hammerschlag MR, Hymes S, Howard A, Jung HJ, Kohlhoff S, Kojaoghlanian T, Lewis R, Nachman S, Naganathan S, Paintsil E, Pall H, Sy S, Wadowski S, Zirinsky E, Cabana MD, Herold BC. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 Clinical Syndromes and Predictors of Disease Severity in Hospitalized Children and Youth.
    The Journal of pediatrics. 2021 March;230:23-31.e10. PubMed PMID: 33197493; DOI: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2020.11.016.

GRANT FUNDING RECEIVED FOR FELLOW RESEARCH PROJECTS:

NIH T32 Training Grant

AFFILIATED HOSPITALS:

Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital

NUMBER OF INPATIENT/OUTPATIENT CONSULTS PER YEAR: 900

FELLOWS ACCEPTED EACH YEAR: 1

VISAS ACCEPTED:  J1, H1B

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. Bacteriology/bacterial infections
  3. Bioethics
  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

Improving the health of children worldwide through philanthropic support of scientific and educational programs.