The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Training Program is ACGME-accredited and affiliated with the Pediatric Residency Program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. The training program is jointly administered by the Department of Infectious Diseases at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at LeBonheur Children's Hospital. The mission of the program is to prepare pediatricians for a successful career in academic medicine, with an emphasis on training to make scholarly contributions to the field as independent investigators. It is one of the largest training programs in North America and offers exceptional opportunities for training in both clinical medicine and biomedical research.
Care of the immunocompromised host, antimicrobial stewardship, and research are top priorities for education in Pediatric Infectious Diseases. In addition to robust clinical programs targeting traditional pediatric infectious diseases, we are national leaders in the care of immunocompromised patients and in providing education related to this population. In response to the threat of antimicrobial resistance, both training sites have developed vigorous antimicrobial stewardship programs and integrated fellows into these teams.
Fellows rotate at LeBonheur Children's Hospital and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and provide consultative services to the Newborn Center at Regional One Health Medical Center. Over the course of their fellowship, they spend a minimum of six weeks in HIV medicine and four weeks on St. Jude's transplant service. Training is individualized, and may include electives in Antimicrobial Stewardship, Infection Prevention, Global Health, and others.
Our program aims to train a cadre of Physician-Scientists with expertise in clinical, translational or basic science. The fellowship includes didactic and pragmatic education in the principles and practice of scientific investigation. Fellows also have the opportunity to learn through formal programs leading to masters and doctoral degrees in epidemiology, public health, biomedical sciences, and others and to contribute to research projects that cross departments and institutions, including in clinical, translational, and basic sciences.
Fellows are employees of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, one of Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For. Benefits include a sign-on bonus, professional development and research allowances, a personal computer for use during the fellowship, employer-contributed retirement savings plan, medical, dental and vision insurance (cost shared), and disability and group life insurance. Additional benefits available to fellows include tuition assistance, subsidized childcare, and employee wellness and work/life balance programs that include health and fitness coaching and an on-site exercise facility. The program provides regular postdoctoral fellow retreats, and comprehensive personal and professional development programs. Memphis offers a relaxed, affordable lifestyle with excellent cultural and recreational amenities.