The Program

We offer a three year accredited fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases. This program is designed to prepare the board eligible/certified pediatrician for a career in Pediatric Infectious Diseases and to exceed all requirements set forth by the American Board of Pediatrics for subspecialty certification. Through experience with a full spectrum of children with infections at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, fellows will acquire a comprehensive understanding of the pathophysiology of pediatric infectious diseases and will become experts in the clinical diagnosis and management of these disorders. Fellows will select an area for in-depth study from a broad range of clinical/translational research or basic science opportunities available at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute. Our division faculty have expertise in clinical research, quality improvement, infection prevention, and antimicrobial stewardship. Our fellowship program specializes in training individuals for academic careers as clinician educators. Research training will include participation in select courses offered by the Graduate School of Medical Sciences and/or School of Public Health. Fellows are expected to present at regional and/or national meetings on a yearly basis, as well as prepare one or two manuscripts per year suitable for publication.

The Place

Arkansas Children’s Hospital is a private, not for profit, free-standing children’s hospital with 370 beds. Established in 1910, the hospital underwent rapid growth in the 1980’s and is now one of the largest children’s hospitals in the nation. The hospital serves as the major pediatric teaching affiliate of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

The hospital is the only pediatric hospital in the state of Arkansas and serves as a referral center for areas of southern Missouri, eastern Oklahoma, northern Louisiana and northeast Texas. Nationally renowned programs such as the pediatric cardiovascular surgery program and the ECMO program attract patients from other areas of the country as well.

The hospital is the base for the pediatric residency program of UAMS, which currently has 73 pediatric and 19 medicine-pediatric residents enrolled in the program. Fellows in Pediatric Infectious Diseases play an important role in educating pediatric housestaff in diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents with infectious diseases.

The PICU is a 26-bed unit with approximately 1200 admissions per year. There is a 31-bed cardiovascular intensive care unit, as well as an ECMO unit. There is a separate 12-bed burn unit, as well as a 100-bed NICU. The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Division sees an average of 65 new inpatient consultations per month, 25 new outpatient consultations per month and 70 outpatient follow-up visits per month.