Education Overview

Pediatric residents and fourth-year medical students may choose an elective on Pediatric Infectious Diseases. Electives usually are for 4 weeks, but other lengths of duration may be arranged.

Flexible electives can be arranged for residents wishing to explore options for sub-specialty residency (fellowship) training in Allergy-Immunology, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, or Pediatric Rheumatology.

Students and residents on electives are strongly encouraged to attend weekly Pediatrics Grand Rounds and monthly Pediatrics Research Seminars.

Children’s Immunology Clinic is a training site for the Allergy-Immunology Residency Program administered by the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Command (SAUSHEC).

Available Elective

Course No: PEDI 4016
Course Title: Pediatric Immunology & Infectious Diseases

Kimberly Castillo
Phone: 210-567-5190
Room: 515L Med. Sch. Bldg.

Faculty Director:
Robert J. Nolan, Jr., MD
Vice chairman for education and training
Location:University Hospital, UHS-Robert B. Green Downtown

Length of Rotation:4 weeks
Period(s) Offered:ALL
Max Students Per Rotation:1
Course Instructor(s): A. Infante, E. Brooks

Course Description:

Students actively participate in all clinical activities of the Division, including outpatient clinics for children with immune deficiency disorders. Emphasis is placed on clinical and laboratory evaluation of infection, immunity, and inflammation, and the management of primary and secondary immune deficiencies, and associated complications.

The scope of infectious diseases typically encountered includes community and hospital acquired infections, including post-surgical infections, infections in cancer patients, and HIV-infected children. Two half-day sessions per week are scheduled in an outpatient clinic for children with AIDS, and one half-day outpatient clinic per week for children with primary immune deficiency disorders. Students also round each weekday with the attending physicians on hospitalized patients. Students spend approximately 16 hours during the rotation in related laboratory experiences covering bacteriology, virology, mycology, flow cytometry, and HLA typing. Scheduled conferences include weekly Case Management Conference and monthly citywide “Bug Club” with other pediatric and internal medicine infectious disease specialists from San Antonio. Students participate in pediatric case conferences by presenting current cases. Students present one 20-minute, clinically-oriented discussion on an infectious disease topic of their choice, prepared with supervision and help from the attending faculty.