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Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship

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All Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Interviews for the 2021-2022 Academic Year will Only be Offered Virtually. Read a letter from our Director.

What Makes Us Unique

The University of Rochester’s Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases has a longstanding history of important research contributions and clinical excellence. Through the work of Drs. David H. Smith and Porter Anderson, our institution was instrumental in the development of the first conjugated vaccine against H. influenzae type b, an innovation that has saved countless lives and for which the investigators received the prestigious Albert Lasker Clinical Medicine Research Award in 1996.

Fellows and faculty in research lab

Today, investigators within the division are undertaking groundbreaking basic, clinical, and translational research, including projects focused on the development of novel vaccines against important pathogens such as Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and Pneumocystis jiroveci, as well as development of a universal influenza vaccine. Our faculty are recognized researchers, mentors and educators, with a track record of extramural funding from agencies including the National Institutes of Health, the Center for Disease Control, private foundations, and industry. Integration with outside divisions and departments, including Microbiology and Immunology, Internal Medicine-Infectious Diseases, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and Infection Prevention provides our trainees with diverse clinical and research training opportunities in a truly collaborative environment.

Abundant Clinical and Research Opportunities

Our three-year, ACGME-accredited program offers flexible and rigorous education in the practice of Pediatric Infectious Diseases. Golisano Children’s Hospital provides a broad range of tertiary care services to over 85,000 children in the 17 county Finger Lakes region. Thus, fellows in our program are able to gain experience in the inpatient care of patients with diverse infections across many specialties, including renal, liver, and bone marrow transplant patients, an active Hematology/Oncology service, post-cardiac surgical patients, and refugee populations. In addition, our Pediatric Infectious Diseases Clinic provides outpatient care to children with HIV, fever of unknown origin, recurrent or prolonged fevers, and primary immunodeficiency disorders.

Simultaneously, fellows have 22 months of protected research time to complete an academic project within their area of interest. As part of this rigorous experience, fellows work closely with respected investigators throughout the institution to independently complete a project that inspires their academic advancement while making a valuable contribution to the field of pediatric infectious diseases.


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We believe that mentorship lies at the core of successful scholarly activity.  To ensure successful research experiences, our fellows have both a primary research mentor as well as a Scholarship Oversight Committee (SOC) that includes a member of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases division. The selection of a research mentor begins at the time of an interview, when prospective fellows meet with faculty both within and outside of the division that are engaged in projects within their area of research interest. Upon acceptance to the program, the program director will work with the fellow to meet and choose a research mentor and develop a research project even prior to the start of formal subspecialty training. Throughout fellowship, trainees are given adequate protected time to focus on scientific inquiry and develop their scholarly work.

A National Leader in Improving Quality and Safety

ACGME has chosen URMC to be one of eight institutions to help transform the way we improve quality and safety. Our fellows play a key role in changing the clinical learning environment here at our institution and across the country. Fellows will actively participate in multiple quality improvement initiatives, including the Solutions for Patient Safety Antibiotic Stewardship group, and will help to drive quality improvement initiatives both within the division and the institution as a whole. Such initiatives will teach how the skills necessary for lifelong continuous quality improvement while advancing health care by improving the quality of physician education.

Diverse Academic Areas

Our program offers multiple academic tracks for fellows to pursue during subspecialty training. Academic projects that focus on basic and translational science, Infection Prevention, Antimicrobial Stewardship, and clinical research are available to best tailor a fellow’s scholarly activity to his or her areas of interest.

Support for an Advanced Degree or Dual Training

Our fellowship program is supportive of fellows who wish to pursue advanced degrees during subspecialty training, with past fellows successfully obtaining Ph.D. or M.P.H. degrees. We also offer a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MS-CLI).

University employees are able to obtain a 95% tuition waiver with dedicated time for coursework as appropriate.

In addition, our flexibility, smaller size, and collegial atmosphere will allow interested candidates to pursue dual training in Medicine-Pediatric Infectious Diseases or Pediatric ID in combination with other pediatric subspecialties, such as ID-Critical Care or ID-Pulmonary. 

Mary T. Caserta, M.D.

Mary T. Caserta, M.D., Director
Fellowship Training Program

Program Aims

Our three-year, ACGME-accredited program aims to:

  • Educate the next generation of academic Pediatric ID physicians to make informed clinical decisions regarding diagnostic testing and the application of clinical knowledge and acumen to direct appropriate and compassionate management of children with infectious diseases.
  • Teach the principles of research while fellows complete an independent project in a field relevant to Pediatric infectious diseases, gaining the knowledge and skills to become leading academic physicians in their chosen field of study.
  • Train fellows to become competent educators of the next generation of physicians, and prepare them to be confident and effective leaders of a medical team able to collaborate with colleagues in microbiology, pharmacy, public health and infection prevention.