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PE-411 Pediatric Infectious Diseases Elective

Director:  Donna Fisher, MD

Location:   Baystate Medical Center, 759 Chestnut Street, Springfield, MA


This elective provides an opportunity to be involved in the care of children with infectious disease problems admitted to a 50-bed pediatric inpatient, a 10-bed PICU, or a 55-bed NICU.  The student will participate in an outpatient experience in pediatric infectious diseases including HIV care and TB clinics. 


The student will...

  • develop history and physical examination skills relevant to pediatric infectious diseases.
  • present a review of an infectious disease topic at the end of the rotation.
  • obtain basic knowledge of the mechanisms of action, indications, and adverse reactions for commonly used antimicrobial agents.
  • understand the presentation, epidemiology, and pathogenesis of a wide variety of infectious diseases.
  • develop diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for the care of children with infectious disease problems.
  • understand the work-up of babies born to mothers with HIV and the follow-up can care of children with HIV infection.
  • develop critical reasoning skills in evaluating infectious disease problems.

Course Number



4 weeks

Hours per Week


Night Call/Weekends



1 student per Block

Alternate Dates

Yes, at the discretion of the Director



On-Campus Housing

Available on a first-come, first-served basis

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Pediatric Clerkship.

If you would like to apply for this elective, please refer to Application Process.