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The fully funded three-year Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, is designed to prepare pediatricians for a variety of careers in pediatric infectious diseases.

Our training program provides an excellent opportunity for broad-based, comprehensive clinical and research experiences. During this fellowship, you will see pediatric patients with a variety of common and unusual viral, bacterial, fungal, and parasitic diseases. You will gain experience diagnosing and managing children with infectious complications.

As a fellow, you have access to a training experience that offers:

  • 12 months of intensive clinical training
  • 18 to 24 months of clinical or laboratory-based research
  • Inpatient and outpatient training experiences, including:
    • Community-acquired bacterial and viral infections
    • HIV and sexually transmitted infections
    • Neonatal and pediatric intensive care units
    • Solid-organ and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation
    • Primary immunodeficiency
    • Cystic fibrosis
  • General and subspecialty surgeries, including:
    • Trauma
    • Cardiac and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
    • Orthopedic
    • Ear, nose, and throat
    • Craniofacial
    • Neurological
    • Plastic
  • Clinical immunology, microbiology, and pediatric pharmacy experiences
  • Rotation in infection prevention and control, antimicrobial stewardship, and public health practice
  • Four month elective rotation for additional training
  • An extensive didactic training program 

The investigative and clinical skills you acquire during the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship will prepare and distinguish you as highly competitive for research funding and outstanding in clinical competence.

Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship

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Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship

The fellowship includes a minimum of 12 months of clinical training and up to 24 months of clinical or laboratory-based research, with the opportunity to receive a postdoctoral certificate or a postdoctoral master's degree in clinical and translational science.

Our fellows work directly with staff physicians in a collegial atmosphere. Our program is also closely allied with Mayo Clinic's adult internal medicine Infectious Diseases Fellowship, which provides unique opportunities to see the differences and similarities between infectious disease practices.

In addition to clinical and research training, our program offers several other educational experiences:

Fellow wellness is a priority to our program, with little or no commute time, free covered parking, and work hours which are significantly below the ACGME work-hour limits. Diversity and inclusion is valued and anti-racism is a top priority throughout the institution.

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Your training experience

As a fellow at Mayo Clinic, you'll have access to robust clinical, educational, and research resources. You'll find support both inside and outside of the campus to promote physical and mental wellness and ensure your work/life balance.

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Elizabeth Ristagno, M.D., M.Sc.

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Our Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship provides you with outstanding clinical and research experiences and mentorship to prepare you for a rewarding future in pediatric infectious diseases.

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The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.


The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship fulfills the requirements (three years) for subspecialty training in pediatric infectious diseases prescribed by the Subboard of Pediatric Infectious Diseases of the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP).

After successfully completing the program, you are eligible to take the pediatric infectious diseases subspecialty certifying examination offered by the ABP.

Program history

The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota was first accredited in 2002. The fellowship completed the ACGME 10-year accreditation site visit in 2018 and was granted continued 10-year accreditation in 2019. The Review Committee commended the program for its demonstrated substantial compliance with the ACGME's Program Requirements and/or Institutional Requirements without any citations.

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