The University of Nebraska Medical Center Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program was established on June 10, 1997. It is a three year program, and combines broad clinical training at The Nebraska Medical Center, and Children’s Hospital & Medical Center.
Research may be pursued with any principal investigator affiliated with the University of Nebraska Medical Center. A wide range of research opportunities are available which include basic science, translational, clinical trials, and educational outcomes. Examples of research interests of our faculty include animal models of central nervous system catheter infections; hospital epidemiology and public health; HIV; Global Health; Antimicrobial Stewardship; Invasive Pneumococcal Disease; Clinical Research of the Immunocompromised Host.
The goal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program is to provide educational experiences that prepare the fellow(s) to become competent pediatric infectious diseases physicians capable of providing comprehensive, compassionate, appropriate and effective treatment of complex health problems, as well as applying knowledge of established and evolving epidemiological and social behavioral aspects to patient care. The fellowship’s educational experiences emphasize the competencies and skills needed to practice high quality patient care.
Fellows are given the opportunity to work closely with other members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team in inpatient and ambulatory settings. The overall goal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program is to develop the skills, knowledge, and attitudes leading to proficiency in all the domains of clinical care of individual patients producing a subspecialist physician who is able to practice independently in the healthcare system.
Clinical training occurs at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center and The Nebraska Medical Center, in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Referrals come from Nebraska and surrounding states throughout the Heartland. We see a diverse array of problems that include bone and joint infections, latent tuberculosis infection, tuberculosis infection, Group B streptococcus infection, bacteremia, HIV, AIDS, HSV, tick borne infections, and travel-related conditions. Clinical experience also includes medical microbiology, immunology and travel medicine.
Applicants must have completed residency training in pediatrics or medicine/pediatrics from an ACGME accredited residency training program and completed all three steps of the USMLE. Med-Peds individualized tracks are available for qualified applicants, leading to dual board eligibility.
Jessica N. Snowden, M.D., Program Director
Theodore Cieslak, M.D., F.A.A.P, FIDSA
Shirley F. Delair, M.D., MPH, Director Pediatric Residency Global Health Track
H. Dele Davies, M.D., MHCM, Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs
Andrea D. Green Hines, M.D., Director, Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
Kari A. Neemann, M.D.
Stephen K. Obaro, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Pediatric International Research
Kari Simonsen, M.D., Division Chief, and Director, Undergraduate Medical Education
Gwenn L. Skar, M.D.
Aileen Aldrich, M.D. - Second Year
Fellows participate in several conferences which are designed to provide a thorough base of knowledge and provide each fellow the opportunity to focus on clinical and scholarly activities of interest, as well as national meetings such as SHEA, ID Week and the annual St. Jude’s Pediatric Infectious Diseases Conference.
First Year Fellow(s) will:
- Learn to plan initial work-up and management of pediatric infectious diseases
- Develop an understanding of pathogenesis natural history
- Learn microbiological techniques and how to use them
- Review the basic function of the immune system and immunological basis of disease
- Learn pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and pharmodynamics of antibiotics and their interaction with other drugs
- Be able to design a research protocol, write a proposal, and apply for funding
- Develop an understanding of FDA regulations and IRB policies for conducting research
- Learn how to teach on rounds and at the bedside
- Be able to prepare and deliver lectures
- Attend the University-wide fellows core curriculum series
Second Year Fellow(s) will:
- Manage complicated infectious diseases, understand their pathogenesis, and natural history
- Understand hospital epidemiology and infection control; statistical methods
- Learn how clinical trials are conducted
- Implement their research protocol and submit results for presentation at national/international meetings
Third Year Fellow(s) will:
- Be able to manage complicated disease in children effectively and independently
- Be prepared for a role in hospital epidemiology and infection control
- Be effective in teaching both individuals and groups of learners in clinical settings, classrooms, lectures, and seminars using electronic and print modalities
- Prepare an original research manuscript for publication and/or presentation