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​Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Training Program

Program overview:

The   Kingdom   of  Saudi   Arabia  is  a  very  rapidly  developing  country   with significant  improvement  of  health services.  Disorders caused by a variety of infectious agents constitute one of the major causes of morbidity and mortality in Saudi children.   Furthermore, the field of infectious diseases is a rapidly progressing subspecialty.  Over the past two decades, marked progress has occurred in diagnostic, preventive as well as therapeutic modalities.  Furthermore,  the list of newly  discovered  infectious agents and  rapidly changing disease  syndromes, as  well  as  newly  introduced  antimicrobial   agents  are  ever increasing.

Based  on  these,  there is a growing demand  for a national  training program  to provide pediatricians  with all the necessary training towards acquisition  of Saudi Board in Pediatric Infectious  Diseases, after which the trainee  will be competent in the management of various infectious disease problems in infants, children and adolescents   and  will  acquire   a  mature   understanding   of   the   related   social, economical  and environmental aspects. 

Graduates of the pediatric fellowship program should be proficient in both direct and consultative clinical care, teaching and a selected area of research.  The differentiation of interests and activities is expected and encouraged so a fellow after completion of the program would continue to nourish and follow their area of interest in Pediatric Infectious Diseases.

Overview of training level:

Training will include the development of skills as an educator, including presentation skills, curriculum development and evaluation.  Fellows will also receive training in the foundations of research design, scientific writing and literature review.

The program consists of two years of full-time structured supervised training in Pediatric Infectious Diseases.  This will involve admission to an approved joint program with rotations in hospitals accredited for training in Pediatric Infectious Diseases. During which the trainee rotates through various rotations. Those rotations include clinical services (14 months, including           2 months in adult services). microbiology(4 months), infection control (1 month),  clinical  immunology (1 month), research (1 month) and an elective rotation (1 month).

The candidate is eligible for one month annual vacation.
  • First Year

During the first year, the fellow is expected to:

  1. Acquire a broad overview of basic sciences of infectious diseases (e.g., microbiology, immunology, pathogenesis, pharmacology, etc).

  2. Gain adequate knowledge of common pediatric infectious disease problems.

  3. Have the following supervised rotations (mandatory):

  • Consultation Service (minimum) 6 months

  • General Microbiology 4 weeks

  • Parasitology Virology-Molecular, serology 2 weeks

  • Tuberculosis/Mycology 2 weeks

The rest of the first year will be left for the program director to assign the fellow to any approved rotation of the program.

  • Second Year

  1. During the second year, the fellow is expected to:

  2. Acquire a high level of understanding of basic sciences and its application to management of infectious disease problems.

  3. Learn the approach to investigate and manage complicated and rare infectious diseases.

During this year the trainee will have a month of training in the Microbiology laboratory.  The fellow will also complete the rest of rotations not done d u ring the first year. The elective rotation may be spent in tropical medicine or other areas of infectious diseases deemed acceptable by the program.

Academic Activity of the program:

The fellowship program offers an effective teaching curriculum in place for fellows to acquire the appropriate medical expertise and decision-making skills to function as a practicing independent Pediatric Infectious Disease Consultant. This entails teaching in areas pertinent to acquisition of medical expertise and clinical decision-making skills, including clinical skills and bedside teaching. The academic program includes organized teaching in the basic and clinical sciences relevant to Pediatric Infectious Diseases. There is an organized curriculum which assures that all major topics are covered over the course of each fellow's time in the program.

This includes teaching with a patient-centered focus and may include journal clubs, research conferences and seminars in addition to the use of an academic half-day or equivalent.

Fellows should be ensured adequate protected time to attend the structured sessions and attendance is to be taken.

The program offers a broad range of clinical experience. In addition to consultations in the general and subspecialty pediatric services, the program also offers consultations to the surgical subspecialties, the Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Units and the various transplantation programs.  Exposure to adult infectious diseases is undertaken through rotations in an Adult Infectious Diseases Training Program or an organized adult infectious diseases service supervised by a qualified adult infectious disease specialist.

Aademic Activity may take several forms including: 

  • Case presentation and discussion

  • Infectious Diseases Grand Rounds

  • Microbiology Plate Rounds

  • Infectious Diseases journal club

  • Didactic lectures in basic science and core topics

  • Morbidity and mortality meetings/rounds

  • City-wide infectious diseases/Microbiology club meeting

  • National and international symposia/conferences

Contact Us:

Dr. Esam Al Banyan

Program Director, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Training

King Abdulaziz Medical City, Riyadh

Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs

Department of Pediatrics

  • Address: P.O Box 22490, Riyadh 11426

  • Phone: +966-11-8011111 ext. 53537

  • Email: BanyanE@NGHA.MED.SA  

Ms. Maria Beatriz Miranda

Program Secretary

Administrative Assistant

King Abdulaziz Medical City, Riyadh

Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs

Department of Pediatrics   

Last Modified

26-Jan-2021 11:17 AM