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ID Fellowship: Program Overview

The goals of the Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program are to provide the highest quality clinical and research training in order to equip fellows with the skills they will need for a career in academic infectious diseases. Fellows are encouraged to focus early in their fellowship on a particular area of research and to devote much of their time to a productive investigative experience. Although formally accepted for a three-year commitment, many fellows will spend four years in fellowship training.

Research training can be selected with a major focus in laboratory investigation or in clinical epidemiology. Our program allows selected fellows, who choose clinical epidemiology, to pursue a MPH degree in epidemiology during infectious diseases fellowship.Most inpatient clinical duties for fellows are completed by the end of the first year of the fellowship so that uninterrupted research time is available.

The selection of specific research projects is accomplished through discussions between individual investigators and fellows during and after the time of the initial interview and generally before the candidates actually start the program. Fellows will spend the majority of their fellowship working in their primary area of research.

Research training is offered in nine areas of special emphasis, representing the principal strengths of our faculty, though fellows can pursue interests that span different research areas. Each area offers the trainee a variety of well-developed and well-funded research programs from which to choose.

The Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases also provides fellows with research opportunities in conjunction with the closely allied Department of Global Health and the basic science departments in the areas of microbial pathogenesis, immunology, microbiology, molecular virology, and parasitology.