Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship

Infectious Diseases Fellowship

The ACGME-accredited Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship prepares fellows to become competent pediatric infectious disease clinicians and capable bench and/or clinical researchers.

Located in Columbus, Ohio, Nationwide Children’s is one of the largest pediatric hospitals in the country, ranking in the top five nationally in terms of bed space and number of visits, and is consistently ranked as a Top Ten Best Children’s Hospital by U.S. News & World Report.

The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship represents a dynamic training program responding to the requirements of the ACGME and the American Board of Pediatrics, Subspecialty Board of Certification in Pediatric Infectious Diseases.

The three-year curriculum has been developed by a very experienced group of both clinical and research faculty with the goal of preparing fellows to become competent pediatric infectious disease clinicians and capable bench and/or clinical researchers.

The program currently accepts two fellows per year.

What You Need to Know

Clinical Experience

Clinical experience in infectious diseases (ID) is gained at Nationwide Children’s Hospital through rotations on a unique 26-bed ID ward, inpatient consult service, and in a number of outpatient clinics. Only a small number of pediatric ID programs in the United States offer a ward experience where the fellow is exposed to both primary care pediatric ID and complex referral problems in a setting where he/she will function as the attending physician. This affords the fellow a great opportunity to teach both house staff and medical students, as well as to develop improved clinical management and patient/family interactive skills.

The inpatient consult service exposes the fellow to complex ID in a variety of patient settings (e.g. post-operative, NICU/PICU/CTICU, immunocompromised/transplant patients), as well as routine pediatric ID. In the outpatient setting the fellow spends time in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital ID, HIV, Immunology, TB, Host Defense, International Adoption Clinics and at Columbus Department of Health STI Clinic. The fellow will spend a minimum of 12 months during the 3 year fellowship in clinically related activities. (Year 1 – 4/2, Year 2 – 2/1, Year 3 – 2/1; consult service/ward service months respectively). Fellows interested in a more clinically related experience can spend additional months in these activities. 

Education Experience

Didactic instruction is received through a number of venues including:

  • Microbiology/Virology Lab Experience
    • 8 week intensive hands-on lab experience
  • The Infectious Diseases Society of America/Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America Infection Control Fellows Course
  • The CDC Online STI Training Module
  • Section of Infectious Diseases
    • Faculty Led:
      • Monthly ID Board Review Course
      • Transplant/Immunocompromised Host Lecture Series
      • Annual ID Conference
      • ID Consortium
    • Fellow Led:
      • Journal Club
      • Clinical Case Conference
      • Morbidity/Mortality Conference
      • Research Updates
      • Quality Improvement Updates
  • Nationwide Children's Hospital
    • Department of Pediatrics Weekly Grand Rounds
    • Department of Pediatrics Morbidity/Mortality Conference
    • ACGME Fellowship Core Curriculum & Research Workshops
    • Fellowship Translational Research Series
    • The Research Institute Seminar Series
  • Epidemiology & Infection Control
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
  • Quality Improvement

Research Experience

The Research Institute’s mission is to transform the health of children in our community and throughout the world.  As one of the largest pediatric research centers in the United States, the Research Institute is ranked in the top six for National Institutes of Health funding among free standing children’s hospitals.

The Research Institute supports research activities on the campus of Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The Research Institute if organized into 13 Centers of Emphasis, two of which specifically conduct ID research: the Center for Microbial Pathogenesis and the Center for Vaccines and Immunity. More than 1,300 investigators and employees work in the research laboratories and offices, which includes 3 research buildings and more than 539,000 square feet of space.

Fellows will be introduced to the research faculty early in the fellowship and will select a primary mentor with whom they will work towards completion of the scholarly activity requirement of the American Board of Pediatrics.  A Scholarship Oversight Committee will be assigned to assist fellows in accomplishing this goal.

Additional opportunities exist in the Clinical Microbiology and Virology Laboratories.

Administrative Experience

The fellow’s administrative experience and exposure to the health care system and community resources are afforded by attendance at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Infection Control Committee monthly meetings and meetings dealing with community ID issues at the City of Columbus Health Department. 

Global Health Experience

Nationwide Children’s Hospital offers residents and fellows the opportunity to participate in a two year certificate program in global health. Learn more about our international health residency here.

The Global Health Certificate Program (GHCP) at Nationwide Children’s Hospital was established in 2010 by Nicole O’Brien, M.D., to provide training and opportunities in global health to pediatric residents and subspecialty fellows over a two-year period. The GHCP is designed to meet the core pediatric competencies for international child health training, as outlined by the AAP Section on International Child Health, through a series of online modules, global health Special Interest Group discussions and didactic lectures.

Currently, the Infectious Diseases Section, under the direction of Dr. Garrett Hunt, is working with Dr. O’Brien, Diane Gorgas, MD, at the Office of Global Health at OSU, Ben Nwome, MD, and the International Visiting Scholar Medical Program, and Dr. Kurt Stevenson, MD, MPH, and the OSU adult Infectious Diseases Program to develop an expanded global health curriculum for ID Fellows and for all of those interested in the infectious disease aspects of global health. GHCP participants complete a one-month global health elective either at an established site in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Kenya, or India, or at one that is arranged individually. The International Scholars Program offers four competitive Trainee International Exchange Travel Awards up to $2,000 per calendar year to full time Nationwide Children's pediatric residents or subspecialty fellows.

Formal Coursework

Fellows also have the opportunity to take courses at The Ohio State University and enroll in the MPH program in the College of Public Health. Competitive scholarships are available.

Host Defense Fellowship

Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s GME-approved, one-year Infectious Disease Host Defense Fellowship provides additional training and expertise in the comprehensive management of infections in immunocompromised children.

Application & Selection

To meet the needs of our applicants, our infectious diseases fellowship program participates in the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS) and the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).  We request four letters of recommendation (one of which should be from your Residency Program Director).

Once your completed ERAS application has been reviewed, selected applicants will be extended invitations to interview and will be expected to provide the program with three available dates they can visit. We are happy to provide the hotel reservation and will send the confirmation with the interview itinerary. We would like to extend an invitation to have dinner with current fellows, which will be arranged for the night prior to the interview day. The interview day will include a tour of our clinical and research facilities, interviews with our faculty and lunch with one or more of our current faculty and fellows. Please expect to be with us from approximately 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Interviews will be conducted from late August through mid-November annually.

International Applicants

In accordance with Nationwide Children’s Hospital policy, international medical graduates must have a J-1 visa, which will require approval from the Designated Institutional Officer and the Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program Director. 

In order to become certified in Infectious Diseases by the American Board of Pediatrics, all physicians graduated from medical school outside the United States or Canada must have successfully completed a residency program at an accredited pediatric or IM/PEDS residency training program in the United States or Canada following graduation from medical school and prior to submitting an application for fellowship training at Nationwide Children’ Hospital.  Other qualified internationally trained physicians will also be considered for fellowship training.

We appreciate your interest in our Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program and look forward to reviewing your completed application.


William J. Barson, MD
Program Director

Lin Moore
Education Coordinator
(614) 722-4864