Infectious Disease Fellowship


The Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship is an ACGME-approved training program is designed to produce superior academic pediatric infectious disease specialists. The standard fellowship is three years in duration, with the majority of the first year devoted to clinical training and a progressive increase in protected time for research activities over the next two years. The University of Pittsburgh offers a wide variety of research and career specific options: For fellows who see their future in academic clinical education, a Master’s or Certificate in Medical Education is available. Degrees in Clinical Research (from certificate to PhD) can also be sought in the Institute for Clinical Research Education at the University. A host of opportunities are available for learning bench research from world-reknowned researchers at the University of Pittsburgh (many of whom are on the Children’s campus).  In addition to a wide variety of clinical and bench research opportunities, the fellows will also actively participate in Infection Prevention and Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs within the Children’s Hospital. Limited funds are available for extension of the research activities of fellows to a fourth year of training in order to better prepare the fellow for the assumption of an academic career. U.S. citizenship is not required for application to the fellowship.  

Clinical Training

Centered at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and with close ties to the Adult Infectious Diseases Program at UPMC, the fellowship offers fellows a wide breadth of clinical experience. Because Children’s Hospital is the major tertiary pediatric facility in a region that includes western Pennsylvania, southeast Ohio, western Maryland, and West Virginia, the clinical problems seen include entities ranging from the common, such as pneumonia and osteomyelitis; to the unusual, such as zoonotic infections; to the complex, such as rare and mixed infectious diseases in immunosuppressed transplant patients. With an active microbiology and virology laboratory, and in- and outpatient facilities designed for the care of children, the clinical experience of the trainee is quite complete. Moreover, the Pediatric Infectious Disease division maintains an exceptionally strong partnership with the solid organ and stem cell transplant, oncology, and primary immunodeficiency services. Thus, the CHP fellowship program provides outstanding training in the care of immunocompromised patients, especially transplant infectious diseases.