Case submissions require multiple steps, including an independent attestation required by your program director or faculty attending; thus, we strongly recommend you begin this process early.
All submitting/presenting authors must complete and submit a signed pediatric cover letter and consent* stating:
- that he or she is enrolled as a fellow in an ID training program
- the case has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere
- that no confidential patient information is revealed (see HIPAA Regulations and list of 18 identifiers that must be removed)
- that if the case includes an image of a physical finding, a signed consent form from the patient or legal guardian has been obtained and is on file
- that the case includes the affiliations of all the contributing authors
- the units and reference ranges for all laboratory tests are specified
*All authors must sign the cover letter and consent form.
Each submitted case should include images that illustrate important teaching points related to pediatric infectious diseases. We are looking for cases that illustrate an unusual presentation of a common disease, as well as those that highlight a common presentation of a rare disease. Cases that highlight the infectious complication of an immune deficiency will also be considered.
Additionally, fellows who have been selected to present their case in the past will not be selected in a subsequent year. If you have submitted a case in the past that was not selected, you are welcome to submit again the following year.
Below are final diagnoses for cases presented at the last two Pediatric Fellows’ Day workshops.
- Blastomyces dermatitidis
- Brucellosis with presumed CNS involvement
- Coccidioides posadasii meningitis
- Neuromyelitis optica (NMO) associated with primary HIV infection
- Hansen’s disease – borderline tuberculoid, paucibacillary
- Purulent pericarditis from Haemophilus influenzae, type A
- Culture negative Bartonella henselae endocarditis complicated by glomerulonephritis
- Fatal disseminated Oka strain Varicella in a child with suspected SCID variant
All contributors are acknowledged in the consent letter and case report have given their permission for the case to be published in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, and have agreed to the transfer of copyright of the case and images to the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society if the case is accepted for presentation.
The deadline to complete a submission is 5 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Incomplete cases will be deleted without consideration.
To ensure HIPAA Privacy Regulations are met, the author’s program director or ID faculty attending must review the case report and validate that the report complies prior to uploading the case files.
Program director/faculty attending must complete and sign the attestation form. The form must be uploaded with the other files during the submission process. Please note that it is the responsibility of the primary/submitting author to provide a copy of the case presentation directly to the program director/faculty attending for review.
Each submission must include:
- A signed and scanned copy of the cover letter with all contributors’ signatures. (Download the pediatric cover letter and consent form template.)
- A PowerPoint presentation of the case. (Download the pediatric PowerPoint presentation example.)
- **IMPORTANT** Do not include your name or affiliation in the PowerPoint
Here are some helpful tips to consider:
The purpose of the session is to “uncover” the thinking of experts about interesting pediatric infectious disease cases. Fellows present the case as an unknown and our panelists discuss their approach to the patient and to identify areas where new research in pediatric ID is needed.
- What makes a good case for this session? The best cases are those that present an interesting differential or a diagnostic or treatment dilemma.
- Remember that the entire presentation should take no more than ten minutes. In general, five minutes is allotted for the case presentation. The case presentation should conclude with a slide that lists a thoughtful differential diagnosis. After comments from the faculty panelists, the fellow will have an additional five minutes to reveal the diagnosis and highlight teaching points. Cases with excellent images (pathology, pathogens, patient physical examination findings or radiographs) are preferred.
- It is very important that a faculty person review the fellow’s work and help him or her create the presentations. The quality of the presentation is important. Slides with bullet points are easier to read than slides that contain paragraphs of text. Slides should be free of misspellings and grammatical errors. Please take note of the example power point presentation and use it as a model when developing your presentation.