Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship

The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Training Program is a three-year program designed to prepare pediatricians for a career in academic pediatric infectious diseases. The first year is dedicated to clinical training. The second and third years are focused upon research training in either the clinical or basic sciences.

Fellowship training program director

Jason Kim, MD, MSCE
Division of Infectious Diseases
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Division chief

Paul A. Offit, MD
Division of Infectious Diseases
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  • Specific information by years and/or rotation

    Clinical training

    The first year of training is designed to provide the fellow with an intensive experience seeing inpatients and outpatients in consultation with an attending physician. The clinical service typically evaluates 15 to 25 new patients each week. To complement this experience, the first year fellow also rotates through the clinical microbiology and virology laboratories, the infection control service and the immunology and HIV clinics.

    Research training

    During the first year, the fellowship director and division chief will help the fellow select a research mentor in either the basic or clinical sciences. Appropriate mentors may be selected from any school within the University of Pennsylvania or the Wistar Institute. 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, a fellowship research project should culminate in the submission of a manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal.

  • General information on outcomes of fellows

    Over the past 10 years, 13 individuals have entered and completed the training program in Pediatric Infectious Diseases. As of 2002, nine of these graduates are in academic positions and three are working in industry. During this time period, six fellows have received federal funding (NIH K award series) to continue their research activities beyond the period of fellowship training.

  • Conference Schedules


    • Noon to 1 p.m. — Pediatric infectious diseases clinical conference


    • 4-5 p.m. — Virology seminar series*


    • 11 a.m. - noon — Clinical microbiology rounds
    • noon - 1 p.m. — Journal Club/research conference
    • noon - 1 p.m. — Microbiology seminar series*


    • 1-2 p.m. — Clinical virology rounds


    • 8-9 a.m. — Adult infectious diseases clinical conference
    • noon - 1 p.m. — HIV conference (monthly)
    • noon - 1 p.m. — Prokaryotic seminar series*

    *Seminar series arranged by the University of Pennsylvania Department of Microbiology

  • How to apply

    Our three-year fellowship seeks physicians who will have completed three years of training in an accredited residency program in Pediatrics in order to sit for the American Board of Our fellowship program participates in the ERAS universal application process. Please visit the ERAS website for an application.

    The following information should be uploaded into this program:

    1. Completed on-line application
    2. Current photograph (released only after interview is offered)
    3. Personal statement
    4. Three letters of recommendation
    5. Dean's letter
    6. Medical school transcript
    7. Parts 1, 2 and 3 of the USMLE, taken within the seven year time frame as required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, or equivalent scores
    8. If a graduate of a medical school outside the United States, Canada or Puerto Rico, valid ECFMG certificate or one that does not expire prior to the start of the fellowship
    9. If not a citizen of the United States, copy of permanent resident card or copy of current, appropriate visa. CHOP will sponsor H1B Visas for select candidates.

    The deadline for completed applications is December 15. The fellowship director’s review completed applications. Selected candidates are then invited to interview during the months of December and January.

    National resident matching program (NRMP)

    Our fellowship program participates in the NRMP. Visit the NRMP website for more information.

    Tobacco-free hiring policy

    To help preserve and improve the health of our patients, their families and our employees, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has a tobacco-free hiring policy. This policy applies to all candidates for employment (other than those with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey) for all positions, including those covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

    Job applicants who apply after July 1, 2014, will be expected to sign an attestation stating they’ve been free of nicotine or tobacco products in any form for the prior thirty (30) days. They will also undergo a cotinine test as a part of the Occupational Health pre-placement drug screen administered after the offer of employment has been accepted but before the first day of hire.

    Exemptions: Attending physicians (excluding CHOP physicians in the Care Network), psychologists, principal investigators and/or Penn-based faculty are exempt from this process to better align with our colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

    Contact person

    Patrice George
    Division of Infectious Diseases

Reviewed on April 17, 2014