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Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program

The Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Global Health fellowship program at Indiana University School of Medicine is a three-year program that trains physicians for successful academic careers in pediatric infectious diseases. The fellowship offers outstanding clinical training with exposure to diverse clinical infectious diseases and exceptional research opportunities in one of the nation’s leading research programs in pediatric infectious diseases. The program strives to generate the next generation of physician scientists with outstanding clinical acumen and inquisitive research minds.

The fellowship program accepts one to two new fellows per year and also welcomes Med-Peds applicants interested in combined adult and pediatric infectious disease fellowship training.

Learn more about the combined Med-Peds Infectious Diseases Fellowship.

Program Leadership

The Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship is led by Program Director Alka Khaitan, MD, Associate Program Director Shaina Hecht, MD, and Fellowship Coordinator Kris Powell.

2023 Program Directors + Coordinator for Infectious Disease
Program Director
43672-Khaitan, Alka

Alka Khaitan, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

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associate Program Director
52277-Hecht, Shaina

Shaina M. Hecht, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

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Program Coordinator

Kris Powell

Fellowship Coordinator


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The fellowship curriculum provides trainees a solid foundation of knowledge in clinical pediatric infectious diseases and maximizes scholarly productivity for a successful career in academic medicine. Fellows spend the majority of the first year learning clinical infectious disease with much of the second and third years devoted to research.

In their first year, fellows rotate in the inpatient wards and spend one month in the clinical microbiology laboratory.

The next two years are mostly dedicated to research. Fellows have a vast range of research opportunities with faculty mentors in the Ryan White Center for Pediatric Infectious Disease and Global Health, the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research, the Department of Medicine and the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at IU School of Medicine. The IU Center for Global Health offers fellows research opportunities with partnerships in Kenya, Honduras, Mexico, Botswana, Thailand, and other underserved areas.

Clinical Experience

Clinical Experience

The fellowship clinical experience includes both a primary and consulting service, and fellows provide care for children with a broad range of infectious diseases in inpatient and outpatient settings.
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Fellows have a wide variety of research opportunities with nationally recognized researchers in clinical, translational and basic science research ranging from malaria and HIV to novel diagnostics.
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The fellowship education curriculum combines clinical and research topics with a multifaceted approach that includes conferences, didactics, bedside learning, and teaching.
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Apply for Fellowship

Physicians interested in applying for a Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Global Health Fellowship at IU School of Medicine can submit an application through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).