Despite effective vaccines and antimicrobial medications, infectious diseases remain a major cause of morbidity and mortality for children in the United States and around the world. The constant challenge of emerging infections makes the field of infectious diseases one of the most dynamic and challenging in all of medicine.
The Infectious Disease fellowship at the University of Utah provides highly motivated trainees with comprehensive, rigorous exposure to infectious diseases of infants, children, and adolescents and prepares fellows for academic careers.
The division's eight faculty members are committed to outstanding clinical care, teaching, and research that advances the field.
Primary Children's Hospital (PCH) is a 289-bed pediatric hospital that serves both as the community hospital for Salt Lake City and northern Utah and as a referral center for southern Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, and Montana. PCH is the main site for clinical training and has a busy and varied clinical service.
The second component of training is research experience. Each trainee is paired with a primary mentor and a research mentoring committee. Trainees have opportunities for both clinical and bench research.
The research interests of the faculty include:
- Epidemiology and diagnosis of respiratory infections including bacterial pneumonia, influenza and other viruses
- Molecular diagnostics
- Outcomes research
- Antimicrobial stewardship
- Hospital-acquired infections
- Infections in the immune-compromised host
Associated Regional University Pathologists (ARUP) Laboratories
In addition to the division faculty, fellows can work with clinical microbiologists and molecular pathologists at the Associated Regional University Pathologists (ARUP) Laboratories. ARUP is one of the nation's premier reference laboratories and is located on the research campus of the University of Utah.
All trainees participate in a fellows training course offered by the Department of Pediatrics that includes training in:
- Study design
- Grant preparation
- Scientific writing
- Scientific lecturing
- Research ethics
Trainees also receive training in clinical microbiology, molecular diagnostics, antibiotic stewardship, and hospital epidemiology.