Sub-Specialty of Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Pediatric Infectious Diseases program is a clinical course originated from pediatrics, and the graduates are involved in diagnosis of febrile diseases, prevention, treatment, and care of patients with pediatric infectious diseases and who will provide the society with their specialized knowledge and skills in terms of education, research, and health services.



Program Description

According to the latest World Health Organization statistics, 28% of the world population and 25% of the U.S. population are under the age of 18 years. Currently, the main causes of death among children and adolescents are infectious diseases. According to the WHO, more than 13 million deaths occur each year due to infectious diseases and in developing countries, 1 in every 2 deaths occur due to infectious diseases. Emergence of many new infectious agents and re-emergence of some infectious agents that were considered eliminated, and the growing resistance of causative agents of infectious diseases to antibiotics suggest the fact that the war between microbes and human not only does not end, but also continues and presents even new aspects soon. Furthermore, vaccination is a valuable tool for the prevention of infectious diseases with its wide range. It is included in the area of infectious diseases and requires a professional performance. According to the above-mentioned points and taking into consideration the fact that infectious diseases are the major causes of death in our country, it is essential to completely review and strengthen medical curricula in all departments, including infectious disease specialists to empower practitioners in scientific, practical, and managerial fields.


Program Duration

2 years full time


Program Objectives

To train pediatric infectious specialists who are scientifically update, competent, accountable, and sensitive to the health of individuals and society and who will provide the society with their expertise in the areas of prevention, diagnosis, treatment, education, and research.
Procedural Skills (Diagnostic-Therapeutic Procedures):

  • Lumbar puncture
  • Liver biopsy
  • Bone marrow puncture and bone biopsy
  • Performing PPD
  • Lesion and lymph node aspiration
  • Types of sampling (blood, urine, pharyngeal secretions, wounds, etc.)
  • Knee joint puncture
  • Pleural paracentesis
  • Resuscitation of infants and children
  • Smear preparation


Method(s) of Instruction 

  • Clinical experience in a supervised, mentored clinical setting
  • Clinical experience in Outpatients Clinic 
  • Interactive case-based discussions 
  • Experience in Microbiology Laboratories
  • Experience in Clinical immunology and immunodeficiency ward
  • Workshop for research methods and scientific writing
  • Independent reading, recommended textbooks, journal articles and internet based research and study Preparation of patient care portfolios 
  • Clinical case presentations


Tuition Fee

5000 USD annually. A scholarship is available for top applicants or for current pediatric residents each year (Dr. Siadati Award).


Who Can Attend?

Pediatricians or Infectious Disease Specialists: The eligible candidate must have successfully completed an approved pediatric or infectious disease residency program.


Contact Person

Babak Pourakbari, Deputy head of Research Center


Tel.: (+98 21) 6642 8998


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