Combined Adult and Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship

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Designed for medicine/pediatric trained physicians who desire fellowship training in both adult and pediatric ID, who have demonstrated an interest and aptitude for research, and who desire a research-focused academic career. Training consists of one year of adult ID clinical training, one year of pediatric ID clinical training, and two years of research training via either an adult or pediatric-based research project. The clinical and research training schedule is tailored to each combined adult/pediatric ID fellow. The research training is supported by either the Adult ID T32 training grant, the Pediatrics ID T32 training grant, or the Global Health Fellowship program. Graduates of this combined fellowship will be eligible for board certification in Adult Infectious Diseases and Pediatric Infectious Diseases.

Candidates are encouraged to contact either fellowship program early in the process to help facilitate the logistics of working with two independent match systems.

If you have an interest in this program, please contact either the fellowship program coordinator for adult ID Pam Coppa (copp0008@umn.edu) or pediatrics ID Lindsey Christ (pedsid@umn.edu). 

Current Combined Adult/Pediatric ID Fellows

Shannon Andrews, MD

Portrait of Shannon Andrews

Shannon Andrews, MD grew up in a small town near Rochester NY. She attended Oberlin College where she majored in Biology as well as Greek Language and Literature. During college, she performed molecular biology research with Dr. Taylor Allen on toadfish troponin. She attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry where she participated in the Latino health pathway and performed qualitative research in Soweto, South Africa exploring community beliefs about HIV vaccine trials. She completed her internal medicine and pediatrics residency at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield MA. She will pursue combined infectious disease fellowship in medicine and pediatrics to further her continued interests in global health, social determinants of health, and opportunistic infections.

Ketzela Jacobowitz Marsh, MD, MS

Ketzela Jacobowitz Marsh

Ketzela Jacobowitz Marsh, MD, MS attended Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA and completed residency in combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics at the University of Miami. She is the first fellow here at the University of Minnesota to train in a combined Adult and Pediatric Infectious Diseases fellowship. Ketzela developed an interest in global health and infectious diseases in medical school where she participated in a medical mission to Honduras, research on Chagas disease in Ecuador, and a project on pediatric malnutrition in Eritrea. During residency, she spent some time in Peru learning about multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, and she researched maternal and infant HIV microbial translocation, both in Miami and in the Dominican Republic. Her advocacy project was to help improve adherence to medications in adolescents living with HIV in Miami. In fellowship, Ketzela plans to research adolescent HIV both in Minnesota and in Uganda.

Beth Thielen, MD, PhD

Portrait of Beth Thielen

Beth Thielen, MD, PhD, a native of Minnesota, completed her undergraduate studies in microbiology at the University of Minnesota before moving westward to join the combined MD/PhD program at the University of Washington. Beth completed her dissertation studies with Dr. Jaisri Lingappa in the Department of Global Health, studying the function of APOBEC3 proteins in human cell types at risk for HIV infection. She returned to Minnesota to complete her combined internal medicine and pediatrics residency with a special focus on global health, participating in clinical care and research in Uganda and Tanzania and caring for immigrant and refugee patients at the Center for International Health. She is pursuing a combined adult and pediatric infectious disease fellowship with ongoing research interests in viral pathogenesis and immunology. In her time outside the hospital, Beth enjoys traveling with her husband John, ballroom dancing, gardening and knitting.