About Our Research Training

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 vaccine development, host-responses, and innate immunity. To make the transition to the research years, the fellowship leaders will meet several times during first year of fellowship to assist the fellow in identifying a specific area of research and potential research mentors. Once identified, fellows will work with this designated mentor throughout the remainder of their training. This mentor will supervise a fellow's 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. Listed below are some of the research mentors within the Division of Infectious Diseases at BIDMC and their research interests.

Our Research Mentors

Mentorship Outside of BIDMC

BIDMC fellows have the opportunity to work with primary mentors outside the BIDMC at one of the Harvard affiliated hospitals. Our fellows have a track record of working with mentors from Massachusetts General Hospital, Children's Hospital Boston, Brigham and Women's Hospital and The Ragon Institute. Fellows interested in working with mentors outside of BIDMC will continue to meet regularly with a BIDMC advisor throughout their fellowship training.

The Infectious Diseases Fellowship Training Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School is a fully ACGME-accredited program that offers comprehensive Infectious Diseases clinical training and education and many different research opportunities. Trainees joining our fellowship program will participate in the primary and consultative care for a diverse population of patients at BIDMC.

Scholarship Oversight Committee

A scholarship oversight committee (SOC) meets with each first year fellow just prior to the end of the first year of fellowship and again halfway during the second year of fellowship. The primary purpose of the SOC is to provide additional mentorship for the fellow as they start their research year and it consists of several ID faculty members with different research backgrounds. The SOC serves as a sounding board for the fellow and mentor to address any issues that may arise while working on the research project and creates a formal process where the research can be presented to a group that is not intimately familiar with the research to receive their constructive feedback. The SOC will offer suggestions about what seems feasible during this time period, raise different approaches to address residual questions which may not have been considered, and review and monitor the timeline of the research to ensure that progress is being made so the work can be completed.  Individual members of the SOC often serve as informal mentors outside of the formal SOC process to ensure the research experience is optimized.

Research in Progress Meetings

Research within the ID Division is presented frequently in an informal setting allowing for feedback to help improve the research prior to it being a finished project. Research at any stage is presented by both the fellows and faculty and ranges from early ideas with no data having been obtained to well-conceived projects closer to completion that have residual issues related to design or statistics that the researcher would like assistance with and would benefit from sharing their project with the Division. Often the fellows, during their research year, will take advantage of these meetings as they move forward with their projects as another opportunity for feedback to help shape their research.