Dear Prospective Fellowship Applicant,
Thank you for your interest in pediatric infectious diseases, an incredibly diverse and rewarding specialty. As evidenced by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, pediatric infectious diseases physicians have never been more important nor their duties more diverse. This pandemic has highlighted the wide array of career paths available to a pediatric infectious diseases’ specialist; everything from clinical care, disaster planning, infection prevention and control, antimicrobial and diagnostic stewardship, immunology, microbial pathogenesis, vaccine development, epidemiology and public health, public relations, and social determinants of health. We need you to join this exciting profession and we are committed to helping you find your particular niche within it.
The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS), the PIDS Training Programs Committee, and pediatric infectious diseases program directors understand that the 2020-2021 fellowship application season falls during a complex time. We also understand that some anticipated infectious diseases clinical and research elective rotations may not have been pursued, anticipated research projects may not be completed, and previously envisioned letters of recommendation may not materialize. We assure you that we will be mindful of these realities when reviewing applications.
Therefore, we strongly encourage anyone who is considering applying for pediatric infectious diseases fellowship to apply during this application cycle. In order to ensure that the recruitment process is fair, equitable, and socially responsible, all pediatric infectious diseases fellowship interviews for the 2021-2022 academic year will only be offered virtually.
We look forward to meeting you and getting to know your interests within our rewarding and ever-changing subspecialty!
Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program Directors
Dr. Cherry, founder of pediatric infectious disease fellowship at UCLA and author of the foremost textbook on pediatric infectious diseases, surrounded by former fellows during a celebration of his career.
Established in 1973 by James Cherry, MD, the UCLA Pediatric Infectious Diseases Division has a long and distinguished history of clinical, research, and educational excellence. Our program is designed to train academic physicians who are at the forefront in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Pediatric Infectious Disease. Our fellows are trained to provide exceptional clinical care to highly complicated patients, to be skilled medical educators, and to produce quality research to enhance the field of medicine. At the completion of this training program, the trainee will have the potential, abilities and expectation to thrive in an academic and/or tertiary care pediatric environment.
Medical students and residents interested in doing a Pediatric Infectious Diseases rotation, please contact [email protected].