Fellowship Curriculum

Fellows can expect eleven months of experiences in inpatient and outpatient consultative medicine, diagnostic infectious diseases laboratory, and infection control. This is generally weighted six to seven months in the first year, two to three months in the second year, and two months in the third year. In addition to clinical skills, trainees must develop a scholarly focus during their first year, which is further developed during the second and third years. Additional one to two years training for research may be granted for selected candidates.


  • Fellows are expected to coordinate daily educational activities for residents and students who rotate on-service with them.
  • On-service fellow presents cases at weekly clinical ID conference; provides didactic presentation approximately once a month when on service.
  • Fellows rotate in the monthly combined ID adult/pediatric conference; generally four case presentations per year.
  • Fellows should capitalize on the multiple opportunities to provide didactic presentations to students and residents. Goal of three polished presentations by the third year.
  • Fellows should prepare a presentation of their research at Fellows Rounds.

Program Overview

First Year Second Year Third Year

22-26 weeks: Clinical Consultation (inpatient and outpatient)

4 weeks: Clinical Microbiology Labs

2-4 weeks: Epidemiology/Infection Control

2 weeks: Intro to Clinical

2 weeks: Basic Research

8-12 weeks: Research/scholarly project development 

10-14 weeks: Clinical Consultation (inpatient and outpatient)

32-36 weeks: Research/scholarly project

10-12 weeks: Clinical Consultation (inpatient and outpatient)

36-40 weeks: Research/scholarly project

Program Details by Year

General Responsibilities:

  • Conduct daily rounds with ID team when on-service. The fellow is in charge of day-to-day follow up of ID patients (when on service).
  • Attend ID Clinic on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday as scheduled.
  • Supervise the pediatric residents and medical students rotating on ID service regarding clinical management issues.
  • Interact with other services to coordinate clinical care of patients.
  • Identify areas of potential scholarly activity during the first quarter (3-4 months) and begin the process of skill acquisition as needed for either a bench or clinical project. By the spring, fellows should have identified a mentor and a plan for their project.

Training Objectives:

  • Master fundamentals in diagnosis and management of infectious diseases in children.
  • Master the fundamentals of clinical microbiology in order to optimize the laboratory’s ability to assist in the diagnosis of infectious diseases.
  • Develop a working knowledge of the ID physician’s role in the practice of infection control.
  • Develop working understanding of biostatistics, epidemiology, molecular biology, and immunology through participation in courses and seminars.
  • Develop skills in critical literature review.
  • Finish one paper (e.g. case report, literature review, etc.).
  • Identify research topic and develop project.

General Responsibilities:

  • Continued clinical responsibilities (two to three months total).
  • Focus efforts on a research project.
  • Solicit external funds through grant applications (with assistance of mentor).
  • Submit abstract for national meeting.
  • Supplement educational needs through advanced degree training or through the Cincinnati Children's core lectures.

Training Objectives: 

  • Develop proficiency in the diagnosis and management of infectious diseases in children.
  • Develop proficiency in scientific literature review and didactic presentation.
  • Pursue clinical or basic science research project; abstract presentation at divisional meeting and national meeting.

General Responsibilities

  • Continued clinical responsibilities (generally two months total).
  • Complete research project.
  • Prepare/submit research paper.
  • Grant application for continued research (selected candidates).
  • Present research project results to the ID faculty at Infection and Immunity Data Forum.

Training Objectives:

  • Develop presence as junior attending consultation – in-patient and out-patient.
  • Complete research project; prepare/submit project report/paper.