NEWS | June 13, 2014

Third-year pediatric resident presents poster at European Society for Infectious Diseases meeting


Elizabeth Partridge, a third-year pediatric resident at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, was invited to attend the European Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID) meeting last month in Dublin, Ireland, to share her poster project on the effectiveness of early transition from IV to oral antibiotic therapy in the treatment of deep wound infections after scoliosis surgery.

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Elizabeth Partridge presented her poster at the European Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID) meeting.

In her research, Partridge concluded that deep wound infections following scoliosis surgery can be effectively treated with short-term IV antibiotics, followed by culture-directed oral antibiotic therapy.

"I was thrilled to have the opportunity to share my research at an international meeting and to learn from so many leaders in the field," said Partridge. "The UC Davis Pediatrics Residency Program and especially Dr. Blumberg have been instrumental in helping me develop my career goals and prepare for these kinds of opportunities."

Dean Blumberg was proud of Partridge's success.

“It’s a great accomplishment for a pediatric resident to complete a significant research project from start to finish during their busy residency,” said Dean Blumberg, chief of pediatric infectious diseases at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

The UC Davis Department of Pediatrics Residency Program is a nationally-recognized program for training the future leaders of pediatrics and child health. Its mission is to train outstanding pediatricians who will serve as leaders in their communities and their profession and have a thorough understanding of the special health care needs of our nation's most precious resource – children.

UC Davis Children's Hospital is the Sacramento region's only nationally ranked, comprehensive hospital for children, serving infants, children, adolescents and young adults with primary, subspecialty and critical care. It includes the Central Valley's only pediatric emergency department and Level I pediatric trauma center, which offers the highest level of care for critically ill children. The 129-bed children's hospital includes the state-of-the-art 49-bed neonatal and 24-bed pediatric intensive care and pediatric cardiac intensive care units. With more than 120 physicians in 33 subspecialties, UC Davis Children's Hospital has more than 74,000 clinic and hospital visits and 13,000 emergency department visits each year. For more information, visit