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Thomas John Sandora, M.D.

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2003
HMS Excellence in Teaching Award
2004
Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society Poster Award
2004
Top prize, Children's Hospital Research Day
2007
HMS Excellence in Tutoring Award
2008
HMS Excellence in Tutoring Award
2009
Medical Student Teaching Award
2012
Masland Award for Excellence in Teaching at Boston Children's Hospital
2012
SHEA Pediatric Investigator Award
2012
HMS Excellence in Tutoring Award
2015
HMS Excellence in Tutoring Award
2015
Fellow of SHEA
2017
BCRP Faculty Teaching Honor Roll
2018
HMS Certification of Leadership in Mentoring
2018
BCRP Faculty Teaching Honor Roll
2018
BCH Academy Award for Achievement in Education and Scholarship
2020
BCRP Faculty Teaching Honor Roll
2020
Fellow of PIDS
2021
BCRP Faculty Teaching Honor Roll
2021
BCRP Feedback Honor Roll
2022
BCRP Faculty Teaching Honor Roll

Overview
My research focuses on pediatric infection control and healthcare-associated infections, as well as medical education. I was the principal investigator for a seminal randomized controlled trial demonstrating that alcohol-based hand sanitizers reduce the transmission of gastrointestinal illness in the homes of families with children in out-of-home childcare. I also conducted a randomized controlled trial that showed that hand sanitizer use and surface disinfection in elementary school classrooms can reduce student absenteeism from GI illness. I am a national expert in C. difficile infection in children; my work on CDI has included studies about risk factors, diagnostic tests, management, and attributable cost. I was a co-author of the SHEA/IDSA CDI guideline. Other areas of research interest include central-line associated bloodstream infections and antimicrobial stewardship.

I have also participated in several scholarly projects in medical education. I was the senior author for a published national survey of pediatric residency program directors to assess procedural skills training for residents. I also helped guide the development of a procedural skills curriculum for pediatric residents and was the senior author for a randomized controlled trial to assess its effectiveness in improving procedural skills. This study received the APA Ray E. Helfer Award for Innovation in Pediatric Education at the 2007 Pediatric Academic Societies’ Annual Meeting. I led a national needs assessment of healthcare epidemiology training in pediatric ID fellowships that informed the content of a widely-used online training course for ID fellows. I have also published educational scholarship regarding training residents about research, teaching, and leadership.

Mentoring
An Intervention to Improve Stethoscope Disinfection in a Children’s Hospital
Summer, 06/25/12 - 08/31/12

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Funded by the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences through its Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program, grant number UL1TR002541.