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Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship

Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellows will spend almost two-thirds of their three-year training pursuing research interests. During the first-year, the fellow’s research interests will be identified and appropriate mentorship and a scholarship oversight committee will be established. Opportunities to begin additional education in biostatistics and quality improvement are available annually. First-year fellows will also be introduced to lab-based microbiology research during their rotation in the microbiology lab.

The emphasis in the second and third years will be to refine the research project, obtain appropriate approval, funding, and conduct research. Fellows will be expected to disseminate their research findings at local, regional, and national meetings to gain important presentation skills and networking opportunities. Fellows will develop their writing skills through manuscript preparation with submission to a peer-reviewed journal. Fellows will also have opportunities for invited manuscripts and book chapters to further their writing skills.

In addition, the Children’s Research Institute at Children’s Mercy supports a large number of basic science, translational and clinical research projects. We have an exciting opportunity with a newly endowed Children's Mercy Research Institute.

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Additional Training Track


Fellows who have an interest in Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology can pursue a combined fellowship training program in Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Clinical Pharmacology over a four-year time frame. Clinical service time will be pursued with both programs and research efforts will be focused in common areas between the two subspecialties. This program allows for training with board eligibility for both subspecialties at the completion of fellowship.

Recent fellow presentations and publications

  1. Torres-Torres S, Myers AL, Klatte JM, Rhoden EE, Oberste MS, Collett MS, McCulloh RJ. First use of investigation antiviral drug Pocapavir (V-073) for treating neonatal enteroviral sepsis.  Pediatr Infect Dis J.  2015 Jan;34(1):52-4PMID 25229269

  2. Norton LE, Curtis SN, Goldman JL. A 9 year old Boy with Chest Mass and Eosinophilia.  Pediatric Infect Dis Soc.  2016 Dec:5(4):476-479 .  PMID: 27856771

  3. Butler D, Torres-Torres S, Pahud B, Myers A, Bass JA, St. Peter SC, McCulloh R. Clostridium difficile Ileitis in pediatric inflammatory bowel disease.  J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr.  2017 Jun;64(6):e156-e158.  PMID 25611030

  4. McCulloh RJ, Norton LE, Goldman JL. Extending antimicrobial stewardship to all hospitalized children:  the time is now.  Hosp Pediatr.  2017 Sept;7(9):559-561.  PMID 28814442

  5. Norton LE, Lee B, Harte L, Mann K, Newland JG, Grimes R, Myers AL. Improving guideline-based streptococcal pharyngitis testing: a quality improvement initiative. 2018 Jul;142(1). PMID:  29925574

  6. Richardson KM, Chen KS, Goubeaux D, Atkinson CS, Poulose A, Woods G, Goldman JL. A 16 year old Girl with Eye Pain.  J Pediatric Infect Dis   2019 Mar 28;8(1):77-79.  PMID:  29688511

  7. Richardson KM, Fouquet SD, Kerns E, McCulloh RJ. Impact of a Mobile Device-Based Clinical Decision Support Tool on Guideline Adherence and Mental Workload.  Acad Pediatr. 2019 Sep-Oct;19(7):828-834.  PMID:  30853573
  1. Torres-Torres S, McCulloh R. Section 1:  Schistosomiasis in Ferri’s Clinical Advisor, 1052.e1-1052.e2.\, Alvero R, Ferri FF, Fort GG, Goldberg R, Hall HA, Kedar S, Sahni GD, Sepe SM, Tong IL (eds), Elsevier, Philadelphia, PA, 2015

  2. Norton L, McCulloh R. Section 1:  Otitis Externa in Ferri’s Clinical Advisor, pp 865, Alvero R, Ferri FF, Fort GG, Goldberg R, Hall HA, Kedar S, Sahni GD, Sepe SM, Tong IL (eds), Elsevier, Philadelphia, PA, 2015

  3. Norton LE, Day JC. Part 1, Section 1: Chapter 3:  Gastroenteritis in Succinct Pediatrics, Book 2.  Editors: Feld LG, Mahan JD; Associate Editor:  Jackson MA.  American Academy of Pediatrics, January 2017:47-52

  4. Waddell J, McCulloh R.   2018 Ferri’s Clinical Advisor.  Elsevier, Inc.

  5. Richardson K, Jackson MA. Fever of Unknown Origin.  2nd Edition of Pediatric Infectious Diseases.  SShah, editor  Published Nov. 9, 2018
  1. Richardson K, Katz S, Camelo I. Probiotics (live biotherapeutic products): Miracle Drugs?  AAP Section on Infectious Diseases Newsletter, Spring 2019.
  1. Ilboudo C, Jackson MA, Stach L. Early-onset neonatal sepsis and meningitis caused by Listeria monocytogenes.  IDSA IDWeek, San Francisco, CA, October 2-6, 2013.  Poster presentation

  2. Ilboudo C, Pahud B, Chadha V, Selvarangan R. Coagulase Negative Staphylococcus (CoNS) as a Pathogen in Pediatric Urinary Tract Infections (UTI).  Midwest SPR Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, October 10-11, 2013.  Poster presentation

  3. Ballam Y, Ilboudo C, Livingston R. The Impact of 2013 National Health Safety Network (NHSN) Definition Changes on Hospital Central-Line Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI) Rates.  IDSA IDWeek, San Francisco, CA, October 2-6, 2013.  Poster presentation

  4. Ilboudo C, Pahud B, Chadha V, Selvarangan R. Coagulase Negative Staphylococcus (CoNS) as a Pathogen in Pediatric Urinary Tract Infections (UTI).  Midwest SPR Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, October 10-11, 2013.  Poster presentation

  5. Torres-Torres S, Hunter M, Jakobe L, Al Zubeidi D. Interventions to Reduce Peripheral Intravenous Infiltration (PIV-I) in a Tertiary Care Pediatric Hospital.  7th annual Quality Improvement project, Sept 2015.  Poster presentation

  6. Torres-Torres S, Selvarangan R. Comparison of the BACTEC peds plus blood culture bottle with the BACTEC plus aerobic blood culture bottles for the detection of bacteremia in pediatric patients.  Annual Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), October 7-11, 2015, San Diego, CA.  Poster Presentation

  7. Torres-Torres S, Goldman JL, Myers AL, Yin DE, Selvarangan R, Jackson MA. Clinical impact of multiplex PCR for rapid identification of Staphylococcus Aureus bacteremia in hospitalized pediatric patients.  Annual Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), October 7-11, 2015, San Diego, CA.  Poster Presentation

  8. Torres-Torres S, Goldman JL, Myers AL, Yin DE, Selvarangan R, Jackson MA. Clinical impact of multiplex PCR for rapid identification of Staphylococcus Aureus bacteremia in hospitalized pediatric patients.  56th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Society for Pediatric Research, Oct. 29-30, 2015, Kansas City, MO.  Oral Presentation

  9. Norton LE, Harte L, Simmons J, Reddy M, Mann K, Myers A. Quality improvement project to optimize use of rapid antigen detection testing and antimicrobial utilization for Group A Strep pharyngitis in outpatient practice.  56th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Society for Pediatric Research, Oct. 29-30, 2015, Kansas City, MO.  Poster Presentation

  10. Norton L, Lee B, Harte L, Myers A. Implementation of a Quality Improvement Initiative to Optimize Testing and Improve Antibiotic Utilization for Group A Streptococcal Pharyngitis in a Community Pediatric Practice.  IDWeek 2016TM, October 26-30, New Orleans, LA.  Poster presentation.

  11. Waddell J, McCulloh R, Goldman J, Lee B, Teachout W. Comparative Analysis of Initial Antibiotic Dosing among Healthy Weight, Overweight, and Obese Children with Osteomyelitis IDWeek™2017, San Diego, CA, October 4-8, 2017.  Poster presentation

  12. Waddell J, Goldman J, Lee B, Teachout W, McCulloh R. Clinical course and antibiotic dosing in healthy vs non-healthy weight children with osteomyelitis. 2018 St. Jude/PIDS Pediatric Infectious Diseases Research Conference. Memphis, TN, March 9-10, 2018. Poster presentation

  13. Waddell J, Goldman J, Lee B, Teachout W, McCulloh R. Clinical course and antibiotic dosing in healthy vs non-healthy weight children with osteomyelitis. 2018 Children’s Mercy Hospital Research Days. Kansas City, MO. May 15-17, 2018.  Poster presentation

  14. Wilgers K, Waddell J, Tyler A, Altrich M, Hays A, Kleiboeker S, Yin D, Wissel M. Invasive Mucormycosis Management: Mucorales PCR Provides Important, Novel Diagnostic Information.  IDWeek 2018 TM, Oct. 3-7, 2018, San Francisco, CA.  Poster Presentation

  15. Richardson K, Fouquet S, Kerns E, McCulloh R. Assessing the Impact of a Mobile Device-Based Clinical Decision Support Tool on Guideline Adherence and Mental Workload.  IDWeek 2018 TM, Oct. 3-7, 2018, San Francisco, CA.  Oral Presentation

  16. Dahl S, Hurley E, Lee B, Newland J, Bradley-Ewing, Donis-Miranda E, Pina K, Mackenzie A, Goggin K, Myers A. Provider education and rapid antigen detection test use in private and academic pediatric clinics.  Jude-PIDS Conference, March 2019, Memphis, TN.  Poster Presentation

  17. Richardson K, Fouquet S, Kerns E, McCulloh R. Impact of a Mobile Device-Based Clinical Decision Support Tool on Guideline Adherence and Mental Workload Amongst Trainees and Attending Physicians.  Jude-PIDS Conference, March 2019, Memphis, TN.  Poster Presentation

  18. Richardson K, Fouquet S, Kerns E, McCulloh R. Impact of a Mobile Device-Based Clinical Decision Support Tool on Guideline Adherence and Mental Workload Amongst Trainees and Attending Physicians.  Pediatric Academic Societies Conference (PAS), April 27-30, 2019, Baltimore, MD.  Poster Presentation

  19. VanderVelde K, Suppes S, Gibbs K, Latz D, Vanderpool A, El Feghaly RE, Purandare A, Miller C, Goldman J. Optimization of Surgical Prophylaxis in Penicillin-Allergic Labeled Patients.  6th Annual Vijay Babu Rayudu Quality & Patient Safety Day at the University of Missouri Kansas City. Kansas City, MO. May 9, 2019.  Poster Presentation, 2nd place in Fellows/Resident Presentations

  20. VanderVelde K, Suppes S, Gibbs K, Latz D, Vanderpool A, El Feghaly RE, Purandare A, Miller C, Goldman J. Optimization of Surgical Prophylaxis in Penicillin-Allergic Labeled Patients.  Children’s Mercy Kansas City Research Days. Kansas City, MO. May 13, 2019.  Poster Presentation

  21. Richardson K, Fouquet S, Kerns E, McCulloh R. Impact of a Mobile Device-Based Clinical Decision Support Tool on Guideline Adherence and Mental Workload Amongst Trainees and Attending Physicians.  Children’s Mercy Kansas City Research Days, Kansas City, MO.  May 16, 2019.  Oral Presentation

  22. Dahl S, Hurley E, Lee B, Newland J, Bradley-Ewing, Donis-Miranda E, Pina K, Mackenzie A, Goggin K, Myers A. Provider education and rapid antigen detection test use in private and academic pediatric clinics.  Children’s Mercy Kansas City Research Days, Kansas City, MO.  May 16, 2019.  Poster Presentation

  23. VanderVelde K, Suppes S, Gibbs K, Latz D, Vanderpool A, El Feghaly RE, Purandare A, Miller C, Goldman J. Optimization of Surgical Prophylaxis in Penicillin Labeled Patients. 10th annual International Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship conference, St Louis, MO, May 30-31, 2019.  Poster Presentation

  24. Dahl S, Hurley E, Lee B, Newland J, Bradley-Ewing A, Donis-Miranda E, Pina K, Mackenzie A, Goggin K, Myers A. Provider education and rapid antigen detection test use in private and academic pediatric clinics.  IDWeek 2019 TM, Washington, DC, Oct. 2-6, 2019.  Poster presentation

  25. Dahl S, El Feghaly E, Livingston R. Care Report:  18 month female with fever and pancytopenia.  Fellow’s Day IDWeek 2019 TM, Washington, DC, Oct. 2-6, 2019.  Oral presentation

  26. VanderVelde K. Case presentation: Mycoplasma Induced Rash and Mucositis. Kansas City Infectious Diseases Society. Kansas City, KS. October 2019.  Platform presentation

  27. VanderVelde K, Myers AL, Schuster JE. Improving the Approach to Fellowship Trainee Feedback. Association of Pediatric Program Directors’ Annual Spring Meeting, San Diego, CA, March 2020. Meeting canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.  Poster presentation