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Infectious Diseases

At Duke University, the priority for fellowship training is to develop outstanding pediatric infectious disease specialists who will be future leaders in clinical care and research. The breadth and depth of our division, department, and the institution enable us to develop training plans that are both flexible and customized to the unique needs and career goals of each fellow. While a major goal of our division is to train the next generation of independent pediatric physician-scientists, our program provides excellent training for fellows who plan to pursue an academic clinical career in pediatric ID or an academic position in antimicrobial stewardship, hospital epidemiology and infection control, or medical education.

Duke University is one of the leading medical centers in the world, providing a diversity of patients and specialized training experiences to our fellows. The first year of our fellowship program is focused on clinical training. During this year, fellows have primary responsibility for managing patients on the two parallel inpatient consult services. Unlike many subspecialty consult services, our teams are truly fellow-driven. This means that our fellows function at a higher level than pediatric ID fellows at many other medical centers and learn to practice independently while exercising critical thinking. We are one of the few pediatric ID divisions that has a dedicated transplant ID service, which is staffed by two full-time clinical faculty. During the first year, fellows rotate between the general pediatric ID service and the pediatric transplant ID service.

Although there are many fellowship programs that provide high-quality clinical training in pediatric ID, few provide the breadth of resources and mentors for research training that Duke offers. Our goal is to develop fellows for future academic independence. To accomplish this goal, we offer three major research tracks (Clinical Research, Basic Science Research, and Global Health Research), with countless research opportunities in numerous ID arenas. We have had tremendous success with fellows successfully competing for NIH career development (K) awards and other large research grants during fellowship or after the transition to junior faculty. Many of our former trainees are now R01-funded clinical, translational, or basic science researchers.

At Duke, our fellows complete their ID training with excellent clinical acumen and confidence, coupled with superb research skills and accomplishments. Our training program routinely positions fellows in a favorable position for both their preferred faculty position and the launching of a successful independent research program.


Program Overview

   
Positions offered per year Two per year (started July 2017)
Current number of fellows Five
Program duration Three years
Accrediting body Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
Match participation? Yes
How to apply? Electronic Residency Application Services (ERAS)
Average number of inpatient consults per week 20 to 25 for each consult service
Contact person Jodi Russell
Fellowship Program Coordinator
DUMC, Box 2739
Durham, NC  27710
919.684.3829
jodi.russell@duke.edu
Program director

Matthew S. Kelly, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
919.668.4855
matthew.kelly@duke.edu

Associate program director Amelia B. Thompson, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
919.681.9855
amelia.thompson@duke.edu
Current fellows

Third-Year
Frances M. Saccoccio, MD, PhD

Second-Year
Bradford A. Becken, III, MD
Jacob T. Kilgore, MD

First-Year
Sarah M. Heston, MD
Sanya Thomas, MD

Arriving July 2019
Areej Bukhari, MD