Clinical Fellowship in Infectious Diseases

Clinical Fellowship in Infectious Diseases

Clinical Fellowship Program in Infectious Diseases - MD Program

The Infectious Disease Fellowship at the University of Virginia is a three-year program with the aim of producing world-class physicians dedicated to a career in academic infectious diseases. It provides rigorous training and supervised experience with an internationally recognized faculty of broad clinical and research expertise, at a level suitable for the concurrent development of outstanding clinical practice and research skills.

Candidates from outstanding clinical residency training programs throughout the country and the world enter the program every year with a variety of research skills and backgrounds. Their training consists of two broad areas: clinical training in the care of ambulatory and hospitalized patients with infectious diseases; and research training focused on the development of the skills necessary to become a successful independent investigator. The first year of the program is devoted to the development of research skills and the initiation of independent projects that will lead ultimately to success in all areas of research, including independent research design and conduct, publication, and procurement of independent funding.

Devotion of the entire first year to research, with no inpatient or outpatient clinical responsibilities for trainees, allows for more rapid development of research skills and independent research programs leading to more productive conduct of research during the clinical years of training, and a higher level of emphasis on successful research scholarship during and following the training period. Subsequently, inpatient and outpatient rotations are split between the second and third years of training, with continued emphasis on the parallel development of outstanding research skills and independent accomplishment.

Our Program Offers ...

The UVA Medical Center is uniquely positioned as the only major tertiary care center within a catchment area of approximately 4000 square miles offering comprehensive infectious diseases specialty services for several surrounding urban and rural areas. As a result, the breadth of interesting and challenging infectious diseases seen on this service eclipses that of other programs situated in solely urban or rural environments:

... The urban environment of Charlottesville (population approximately 100,000) and surrounding cities from which UVA receives referral patients, including Lynchburg, Roanoke, Staunton, Waynesboro and others, provides exposure for trainees to many patients with infections arising in this setting including: infections related to drug use such as bloodstream infections, endocarditis, hepatitis B and C, and HIV; infections acquired through close contact in crowded environments such as influenza, pertussis, and all etiologies of community-acquired pneumonia; food-borne illnesses such as enterohemorrhagic E Coli and Vibrio vulnificus; and infectious complications, including osteomyelitis, mucormycosis, and many others, of common medical conditions such as diabetes.

... The rural environment of the Shenandoah Valley and surrounding areas offers considerable exposure to infections initiated in the environment, including but not limited to endemic mycoses, soil-borne infections like nocardiosis, non-tuberculous mycobacteria, tick-borne infections like ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, animal-borne infections like Q Fever, cryptococcosis and rabies, and infections related to indigenous plant life, including Sporotrichosis and many others.

... The world-renowned reputation of our faculty in the care of patients with infections acquired through international travel, coupled with a large local populations of immigrants, migrant workers and international travelers affiliated with the University of Virginia, offers a unique and unsurpassed exposure for trainees to patients with a variety of travel-related illnesses including common illnesses such as malaria, tuberculosis, typhoid fever and hepatitis A, as well as less common infections like ascariasis, fascioliasis, tick typhus, lepromatous leprosy, and many others.

... Close affiliation between the UVA Ryan White HIV Clinic and the Inpatient Consultation Service, as well as a growing number of patients newly diagnosed with AIDS in rural Virginia, results in exposure to an array of inpatient HIV-related illnesses related to opportunistic infections, malignancies, and HAART-related complications.

The major strength of the clinical training experience remains the broad expertise within the faculty of the Division of Infectious Diseases, which includes recent Past-Presidents of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, Society of Hospital Epidemiology of America, and Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Major areas of clinical expertise within the faculty include virology, CNS infections, parasitic infections, diarrheal illness, endocarditis, tick-borne infections, HIV, and many others. Through exposure to reviewers for prominent journals and NIH study sections, representatives for the creation of the Infectious Diseases Licensing Examination, authors of major textbooks currently used throughout the world, and original authors of current guidelines which define the treatment of infections related to diarrhea, meningitis, hospital-acquired infection and others, fellows benefit from training with one of the most distinguished faculty groups in the country.