Infectious Disease Training
Our Training Opportunities
The Infectious Diseases Fellowship Training Program offers training opportunities in various areas. Learn about these educational experiences below.
This training track in Medicine-Pediatrics is the product of a collaboration between BIDMC and Boston Children’s Hospital Infectious Diseases Fellowship Programs and launched in 2014. The track accepts graduates of Medicine-Pediatrics residency training programs who are interested in continuing fellowship training in both adult and pediatric infectious diseases. Fellows train in clinical adult and pediatric infectious diseases, take advantage of a broad array of superb, integrated educational conferences and dedicate two full years to closely mentored research projects in their area of interest.
Trainees interested in pursuing a career in research investigation have a wide variety of opportunities ranging from HIV clinical research including behavioral and epidemiologic studies to bench work focusing on host-responses and innate immunity. To make the transition to the research years, Fellows will work with a Faculty advisor during their first year of fellowship. This advisor will be chosen based on a fellows' particular area of interest, and will work with a fellow to identify a specific research. Once identified, Fellows will work with this designated mentor throughout the remainder of their training. This mentor will supervise a fellows' development into an independent investigator which includes the development and implementation of research projects, publications, and grant submissions that will be used to obtain funding for project support and salary support in the non-ACGME years.
The Scholar track constitutes an individualized two-year training program based on a specific area of interest. This track includes additional selected hospital clinical rotations and/or expanded ambulatory experiences (HIV, transplant infectious disease, etc.), extended electives in special areas (e.g. Infection Control, Clinical Microbiology) and scholarly activity leading to publication. Additional infectious diseases rotations at specialty centers, in particular areas of infectious diseases (e.g. sexually transmitted diseases, pediatrics) can be arranged. A focused clinical research project, either a retrospective or prospective study, or a quality assurance exercise is required as part of this track.
All ID fellows will receive basic training in healthcare epidemiology, infection control and prevention. The fellow will become familiar with concepts relating to identification of and surveillance for healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), including antimicrobial-resistant and other epidemiologically important organisms; infection prevention strategies; outbreak investigation and control measures; and impact of HAIs on patient safety. Additionally, all fellows will receive instruction and hands-on practice in antimicrobial management strategies as a means of infection prevention, including antimicrobial stewardship activities.