Research Training Elements

Mentor Selection: Selection of a research laboratory prior to acceptance to the program is not required. Under the direction of the core Pediatric Infectious Diseases faculty, fellows are encouraged to consider a number of laboratories based upon the fellows research and clinical interests. Mentors may be selected from a number of institutions, including CHRMC, the UW, and the FHCRC. Some individuals may identify in other laboratories within the university system other than those listed below. Those opportunities will be considered on an individual basis. Although fellows are not limited to program faculty (see below), this group offers exciting research opportunities that targets major clinical problems in pediatric infectious diseases, including HIV, HSV, Group B Streptococcal infections, and Lung infections in cystic fibrosis.

Coursework: Research is supplemented by course work in a closely-related basic science area at the University of Washington.

Laboratory Training: After selection of a mentor, fellows will then select a research project. They then begin hands-on training in basic science techniques in the context of the chosen research project. The nature of this training will depend upon the nature of the project and the prior experience of the fellow. The goal of the research training is a publication in a peer-reviewed journal by the completion of fellowship. Fellows present their data twice yearly to the Pediatric Infectious Diseases faculty for input on the direction of their research training.