ID Fellowship Program
Infectious Diseases (ID) as a subspecialty of Internal Medicine is the discipline encompassing the principles and practice of infections including diagnosis, management, and prevention in men and women from adolescence to old age, during times of health and through all stages of acute and chronic illness.
Intrinsic to this discipline is the application of evidence-based methods of problem solving, decision-making and an attitude of care and management driven by humanistic and professional values.
The practice of infectious diseases requires comprehensive knowledge of human biology, behavior and spirit; an understanding of the epidemiology and pathophysiology of disease; and the mechanisms of treatment.
Infectious diseases requires mastery in clinical skills in interviewing, physical examination, differential diagnosis and diagnostic testing strategies, therapeutic options, counseling and disease prevention, all related to infectious diseases.
Goals of the ID Fellowship:
- At the end of two years training Fellows must demonstrate a broad understanding of the pathophysiology infectious disease problems in adults and learn a rational approach to establishing the diagnosis and management of these problems.
- Fellows should understand the science behind the etiology, diagnosis and therapy of the common and less common infections that affect adults.
- Fellows must comprehend principles of efficient and cost-effective ID practice and system-based practice.
- Fellows should demonstrate competence in the history and physical exam of adults presenting with ID problems, and receive additional training as needed.
- Fellows must demonstrate professionalism and comprehend common ethical and legal issues and the psychosocial aspects of the practice of infectious diseases
- Fellows must recognize how to apply the evidence in the medical literature to ID problems in adults.
- Fellows should learn to critically evaluate the medical literature.
- Fellows should formulate a research question and produce a plan for carrying out research in the area of infectious diseases.
- Fellows must demonstrate the fundamentals of teaching about infectious diseases and microbiologic agents.
Strengths of ID Fellowship:
- Diverse faculty and breadth of research and clinical experience
- Multiple sources of salary support for fellows ( training grants, funding from clinical institutions, epidemiology degree track, special programs)
- Focus in international research (TB, HIV, STDs, parasitic infections)
- Premier international and national HIV programs (ACTU, CFAR)
- Track record in training academic infectious diseases physicians
The Division has pre-eminent programs in training and education. The ID Fellowship Training Program has attracted outstanding candidates who have emerged as leaders in the field. We have 2 NIH training grants and offer specialized training in HIV Medicine, Antimicrobial Resistance research, fungal pathogenesis and antifungals and international ID. We also offer a pathway to obtaining a Master’s degree in Epidemiology or Public Health for selected fellows or certification in international medicine. The Division hosts national and regional continuing medical education programs and ID faculty avidly participate in UH/UHCMC and VAMC teaching conferences. Our faculty generally receives outstanding evaluations at all levels for their teaching and clinical service activities.