Infectious Diseases Training Program (MD)
UVA's Infectious Disease Fellowship for MDs is a three-year program that aims to produce world-class physicians dedicated to a career in academic infectious diseases. Our program offers rigorous training and supervised experience with faculty members who have broad clinical and research expertise.
Opportunities abound for rich interdisciplinary research experiences in cutting-edge basic science and translational, clinical, and epidemiologic infectious diseases research. Research takes place in state-of-the art laboratories, clinics, and hospitals, at UVA and in facilities around the world. Research themes include care for patients with HIV; modeling and outcomes related to critical care and severe sepsis; epidemiology of multi-drug resistant organisms; global health; diagnostics; immunology; host susceptibility to infection; host-pathogen interactions; and pathogenesis of infectious diseases.
- UVA Medical Center is the only major tertiary care center in a
catchment area of approximately 4,000 square miles offering
comprehensive infectious diseases specialty services. Thus we see a
variety of interesting and challenging infectious disease cases.
- The Charlottesville-Albemarle
region has a population of approximately 100,000, and UVA Medical
Center receives referrals from a number of nearby cities, including
Lynchburg, Roanoke, Staunton and Waynesboro. Trainees thus see patients
with infections common to urban settings, including those related to
drug use (hepatitis B and C, HIV); bloodstream infections;
endocarditis; and infections acquired through close contact in crowded
environments, such as influenza, pertussis, and all etiologies of
Above: ID clinical fellows Vincent Covelli, DO, and Kate McManus, MD. Read an interview with Vince here.
- The rural surroundings produce a variety of ID cases arising from
the environment, such as endemic mycoses, soil-borne infections like
endocardiosis, non-tuberculous mycobacteria, tickborne infections like
ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and
animal-borne infections like Q fever, cryptococcosis and rabies.
- A large local population of immigrants and migrant workers, as well
as the many international travelers affiliated with UVA, produce a
variety of travel-related illnesses, including common ones such as
malaria, tuberculosis, typhoid fever and hepatitis A, and less-common
ones such as ascariasis, fascioliasis, tick typhus, and lepromatous
- Close affiliation between the UVA Ryan White HIV Clinic and the ID
Inpatient Consultation Service give trainees experience with an array
of HIV-related illnesses related to opportunistic infections,
malignancies, and HAART-related complications.
Fellows benefit from training and close collaboration with one of the most distinguished faculties in infectious diseases in the country. For more on our program, go here.