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Research Training & Opportunities

During the first year, the fellowship director and division chief will help the fellow select a research mentor which may be selected from any divisions within the adult and pediatric services and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine faculty. Research opportunities exist in a wide variety of basic and applied research relevant to infectious diseases with international research opportunities, including:

  • Bacterial, parasitic and viral pathogenesis
  • Immunology
  • Infection control
  • Clinical trials
UH Rainbow Research Sahera Dirajlal-Fargo
Sahera Dirajlal-Fargo MS, DO, FAAP: Paris International AIDS Society Meeting, 2017

A Scholarship Oversight Committee (SOC) will be established for each fellow during their first year. The role of the SOC will be to monitor the research progress of the trainee over the course of their fellowship and to ensure that the research efforts meet the guidelines for scholarly activity as established by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Once a mentor is identified and agrees to supervise the fellow’s research training, the mentor and fellow formulate a research project based on the fellow’s interests and the mentor’s expertise. The second and third year should provide the fellow with the opportunity to pursue a focused research project. During this time, the fellow is expected to gain experience designing and conducting hypothesis-driven research. Ideally, the completion of the project should result in a manuscript or manuscripts suitable for publication.

Clinical Research Training Course

In addition to the mentored research experience, fellows taken an intensive short course in clinical research at the beginning of the second year.

Pediatric Infectious Diseases Week in San Diego, 2017

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 to Sunday, October 8, 2017

IDWeek is the annual scientific meeting where infectious diseases professionals can meet, share experiences, and develop collaborations. With the theme – Advancing Science, Improving Care – IDWeek features the latest science and bench-to-bedside approaches in prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and epidemiology of infectious diseases, including HIV, across the lifespan. IDWeek is the combined annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA), and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS).

Below: Lukasz Weiner, MD presents research on fungal translocation in HIV and Kate Dobbs, MD presents research on malaria.