Infectious Diseases In the Department of Medicine

Fellowship Descriptions

The Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine supports two fellowship training programs.

Infectious Diseases Research Fellowship Clinician/Educator Fellowship Track

 

Infectious Diseases Research Fellowship

The traditional infectious diseases fellowship in the Department of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine offers clinical training and research opportunities to physicians who wish to specialize in infectious diseases.  Our fellowship is an ACGME-accredited program that combines clinical and research experiences.  The primary goal of the program is to prepare trainees for an academic career in either basic or clinical science research.

First Year: Clinical Training

The first year of the training program is dedicated to providing clinical exposure to a broad spectrum of infectious diseases.  Fellows spend the majority of the year rotating through the general infectious diseases consult service at all three hospitals under the supervision of an attending physician.  In addition, fellows rotate through the immunocompromised host service (ICHS) at Stanford, which specializes in the care of patients with hematological malignancies, solid-organ and hematopoietic stem cell transplants.  Fellows also spend a month learning microbiological techniques in the laboratory.

A continuity clinic is maintained a half day per week throughout the first two years of training in the program: the first year in general infectious diseases, the second year in HIV clinic.  Fellows also participate in weekly didactic and research conferences.

Second and Third Year: Research

Starting with the second year, fellows spend the majority of their time involved in research activities. The Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine offers an outstanding array of research opportunities in basic, clinical, or translational science supported by NIH training grants and other funding resources.  This is done under the supervision of a mentor(s) who can be chosen from among the diverse and outstanding faculty within the Division of Infectious Diseases.  We also encourage fellows to choose a mentor from any Department at Stanford including the Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, and the larger Stanford University community (outside the medical school).

Fellows typically spend three to six years as postdoctoral fellows in the program.  The division has an outstanding record of success in preparing and placing its trainees in prestigious faculty positions, public health careers, and industry.

For more information about the Division of Infectious Diseases research programs, please visit: http://med.stanford.edu/id/research/

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Clinician/Educator Fellowship Track

The Clinician/Educator (CE) Track of the infectious diseases fellowship offers training and educational opportunities to physicians who wish to specialize in the clinical practice of infectious diseases.  Our clinical fellowship combines clinical and teaching experiences into an experience tailored towards a clinical career in an academic environment.  The primary goals of the program are to train: (1) outstanding clinicians who will be adept at managing infectious diseases; and (2) future academic clinical educators.  It is expected that fellows will work diligently and thoughtfully in both clinical and educational activities so that they will be prepared to take the American Board of Internal Medicine Infectious Diseases certification examination.

First year: The first year of the CE Track is dedicated to providing clinical exposure to a broad spectrum of infectious diseases.  Fellows spend the majority of the year rotating through the general infectious diseases consult service at all three hospitals under the supervision of an attending physician.  In addition, fellows rotate through the immunocompromised host service (ICHS) at Stanford, which specializes in the care of patients with hematological malignancies, solid-organ and hematopoietic stem cell transplants.  Fellows also spend a month learning microbiological techniques in the laboratory.

Second year: The second year of the CE Track includes time on clinical services as well as other activities geared towards training an outstanding academic clinician-educator.  Although there is some clinical time on the general ID service, particular attention is geared towards time on the Immunocompromised Host Service, as well as elective opportunities in pediatric infectious diseases, hematopoetic cell transplantation, infection control, and/or outpatient ID including travel medicine clinic and STD clinic, among others. 

A continuity clinic is maintained a half day per week throughout the two years of training in the program: the first year in general infectious diseases, the second year in HIV clinic.  Fellows also participate in weekly didactic and research conferences.

In addition to clinical work, the CE fellow participates in a “scholarly activity” designed by the individual fellow.  A number of opportunities exist for such projects, for example:

The program is supportive of CE Track fellows’ specific learning goals and aims to adapt the second year of the program to meet the needs of the individual fellow.

Although the commitment for the CE Track fellowship is for two years, the division supports the CE fellow extending the fellowship for a longer period of time depending on identification of funding sources.

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