Our fellowship offers a wide range of educational opportunities, listed below:
Daily Microbiology Lab Rounds
While on the inpatient consult service at Children's National, team members meet every weekday with our microbiology lab director, Joseph Campos, PhD, and review basic principles of diagnostic microbiology and view interesting cases in the lab.
Tuesday Academic Conferences
All infectious diseases fellows, regardless of monthly duty assignment, participate in activities on Tuesday afternoons at Children's National. These activities include a number of conferences:
Board Review Sessions: These weekly sessions serve as an ongoing board review preparation course, with pre-session readings and multiple choice questions utilizing audience response systems, followed by discussion. Sessions are linked to topics in major textbooks and to clinical practice guidelines.
Case Conference: Three times per month, a fellow prepares an illustrative case to present for informal discussion with faculty and other fellows. The second half of the session consists of discussion of difficult or unusual current cases, for the purpose of seeking advice and guidance from the group.
City-wide Case Conference: Once monthly we convene a case conference, inviting all pediatric infectious disease providers from the Washington, DC region to participate either in person or electronically.
Journal Club: Once monthly we hold a journal club, focusing on applying results of original research to clinical care.
Fellows Core Curriculum: Occurring approximately six times per year for 1st and 2nd year fellows from all disciplines at Children's National Health System, these conferences provide instruction in core ACGME-required content, including biostatistics and epidemiology, research study design, quality improvement, and career planning.
Microbiology/Infection Control Rotation
All 1st year fellows participate in a 3-week practicum in clinical microbiology and infection control, working closely with laboratory technologists, Dr. Campos, and Dr. Xiaoyan Song, Associate Chief of Infection Control.
The inpatient consult fellow provides twice monthly teaching conferences to pediatric residents and medical students on common pediatric infectious diseases problems. Fellows are observed for feedback on teaching skills. Additionally, fellows often are asked to participate in hospital-wide conferences such as the weekly case conference, Professorial Rounds.
Greater Washington Infectious Diseases Society (GWIDS)
GWIDS meets monthly and consists of both adult and pediatric infectious diseases clinicians from the DC area, including those at NIH. Each program or institution is responsible for presenting interesting cases once per year, and all Children's National fellows present usually in the first year of fellowship.
Many fellows have chosen to pursue advanced degrees during their fellowship training. Classwork can be successfully integrated into the fellowship program. The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services offers Masters of Public Health degrees in a number of disciplines. A newer program with the federally-funded Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children's National (CTSI-CN) offers master's and certificate-level programs for training in clinical and translational research, in conjunction with the GWU School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Fellows are encouraged to consider enrolling in one of these programs.