You will become a member of the next generation of academic
physicians who perform innovative research, provide outstanding
patient care and train future leaders in the field. Our atmosphere
of intellectual curiosity and discovery within our division
provides faculty, fellows, students, and staff the opportunities to
maximize potential while aiding the health of children on a local,
regional, national and global scale.
Our curriculum has been structured to allow flexibility in
training to maximize your future success by providing resources,
mentorship, research and educational opportunities to prepare you
to be an academic clinician leader.
You will spend three years acquiring and enhancing the skills
necessary to care for complex, critically ill children of all ages
We expect that during your period of training, you will acquire
knowledge and apply it with incremental responsibility:
- Year 1: Understanding microbiology, antimicrobial use and its
application to pediatric infectious diseases.
- Year 2: Making progress toward independent practice.
- Year 3: Competent to practice independently.
Our program will provide you with a guide to formatting
individual learning plans per academic year. As part of this
individualized learning plan, you will be trained in two main
- Clinical training: General infectious diseases, infectious
diseases in the immunocompromised host (cancer, transplantation,
HIV, immunodeficiency), infectious diseases in critical patients
(pediatric intensive care and neonatal intensive care). This
includes elective rotations in expanded clinical, public health and
sexually transmitted diseases, quality improvement with a focus on
antibiotic stewardship/infection control, and global health.
- Research/Academic: You may choose to train in basic
science/translational research or clinical/epidemiology research.
By your third year of training, you will be expected to have
submitted a K-level award application and will present their
research at a regional, national or international meeting. You will
learn how to present a scientific project in poster or oral
You will learn to diagnose, manage and prevent infectious
diseases in children through the following:
- Basic science research: You will conduct research on molecular
mechanisms of HIV immune response and acquire knowledge on
molecular biology techniques, pathogenesis of infectious diseases
(including a focus on cellular and humoral immunology), and the
basic techniques necessary to study pathogens. We currently have a
wide range of focused research projects with an emphasis on immune
responses to HIV.
- Clinical and translational research: You will
participate in ongoing clinical research projects on
gastroenterologic childhood infections which will acquire a
knowledge of epidemiology, statistics and ethics of research on
human subjects. You may be involved in intramural as well as
national and international clinical projects. You will also learn
how to present at regional, national and international
Educational features of our training program include:
- Orientation session for incoming fellows (July or when
beginning if off-cycle)
- Didactic infectious diseases conferences (weekly during the
- Pediatric Grand Rounds (monthly during the academic year)
- Pediatric ICU Morbidity, Mortality and Improvement (PICU MMI)
- Antimicrobial stewardship rounds (quarterly during the academic
- Infection control conferences (quarterly during the academic
- Pediatric infectious diseases clinical conference
- Research conferences (quarterly during the academic year)
- Infectious Diseases Journal Club (monthly during the academic
You will receive direct training by our experienced faculty
during inpatient and outpatient service consultations. You will
familiarize yourself with phone communications with community
physicians, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New
York State Department of Health after phone call consult
Our comprehensive fellowship training program in pediatric
infectious diseases is fully accredited by the Accreditation
Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Please review our
program requirements by the ACGME.
The postdoctoral education prerequisite is three years of
general pediatric residency training in an ACGME-certified program.
You should apply through ERAS
and enter the Pediatric
Infectious Diseases Match. Pediatric Infectious Diseases is in
the Pediatric Specialties Fall Match (PSFM) and matches in
In your personal statement, please include the following:
- Brief description about yourself
- Your interest in infectious diseases
- Long-term plans and specific fellowship training goals
You must provide letters of recommendation from:
- Your chair of pediatrics
- Two other faculty members (preferably at least one from
pediatric infectious diseases) with whom you have worked during the
past two years
You are required to visit Buffalo for personal interviews with
members of the faculty and to meet with current fellows. We
encourage women and minorities to apply.
We select fellows with excellent residency performance records
and goals consistent with those of our program.
If you have any questions, please contact: