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Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship

Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellows will spend more than one-half 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 Research Institute.

Click here to see our faculty and their research interests.

Additional master program opportunities are available in:

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. 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 Mar 7.  Pii: S1876-2859(18)30688-0.  doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2019.03.001. [Epub ahead of print].  PMID:  30853573

  2. 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

  3. Klatte JM, Selvarangan R, Jackson MA, Myers AL. Reducing Overutilization of Testing for Clostridium difficile Infection in a Pediatric Hospital System:  A Quality Improvement Initiative. Hosp Pediatr. 2016 Jan;6(1): 9-14. PMID: 26692547

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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   2018 Apr 21.  Doi: 10.1093/jpids/piy037.  [Epub ahead of print].  PMID:  29688511

  8. 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

  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. Klatte JM, Pahud BA. Part 1, Section 3: Chapter 32:  Measles, Mumps, Rubella in Succinct Pediatrics, Book 2.  Editors: Feld LG, Mahan JD; Associate Editor:  Jackson MA.  American Academy of Pediatrics, January 2017:367-381

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

  6. Richardson K, Jackson MA. Fever of Unknown Origin.  2nd Edition of Pediatric Infectious Diseases.  SShah, editor  Published Nov. 9, 2018
  1. Klatte JM, Selvarangan R, Jackson MA, Mroczka K, Myers AL. Reducing Unnecessary Testing for Clostridium difficile Infection (CDI) in a Pediatric Hospital System: A Quality Improvement Initiative.  Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) and Asian Society for Pediatric Research Joint Meeting, Vancouver, BC, Canada, May 3-6 2014.  Poster Presentation

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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
  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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.  St. Jude-PIDS Conference, March 2019, Memphis, TN.  Poster Presentation

  14. 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.  St. Jude-PIDS Conference, March 2019, Memphis, TN.  Poster Presentation

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  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.  Children’s Mercy Kansas City Research Days, Kansas City, MO.  May 16, 2019.  Oral Presentation

  19. 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

  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 Labeled Patients.  10th annual International Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship conference, St Louis, MO, May 30-31, 2019.  Poster Presentation