About Our Fellowship


The Medical Microbiology Fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center was accredited by the ACGME in 2008. The program is one year in length and qualifies fellows to sit for the Medical Microbiology Board Examination, a subspecialty board of the American Board of Pathology. A pre-requisite for fellowship training is successful completion of either a pathology residency training program (in AP and/or CP) or an infectious disease fellowship.

The goal of the program is to train fellows to assume leadership roles in academic, tertiary care, and public health microbiology laboratories. Philosophically we believe that this education is best accomplished through hands-on instruction in microbiological methods, direct participation in the consultative and administrative activities of the microbiology laboratory, and participation in activities of the infectious disease, pharmacy, and infection control/hospital epidemiology departments. The organization of the program reflects these goals. We also emphasize scholarly contributions in the forms of translational clinical microbiology studies and/or authorship of chapters and reviews during fellowship training. Fellows have rotations at Children's Hospital Boston and the Massachusetts State Laboratory to ensure sufficient exposure to pediatric and public health microbiology, respectively.

Applications may be obtained from Joan Allin, BIDMC Residency and Fellowships Training Coordinator. Positions are currently available for July 2022 and 2023.

More information about our fellowships, including current and former fellows and their publications, may be found at the Clinmicrolab fellowship page.

We also offer the only American Academy of Microbiology-accredited Medical and Public Health Microbiology Fellowship Program in New England. The goals and organization are similar to our ACGME-accredited program. At the end of their training, fellows will qualify to sit for the CPEP-Board Examination in Medical and Public Health Microbiology.

Program Director

James E. Kirby, MD, Medical Director, Clinical Microbiology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Learn about the Kirby Laboratory.

Associate Program Directors and Faculty

Stefan Riedel, MD, PhD, Associate Medical Director, Clinical Microbiology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Alex McAdam, MD, PhD, Chief and Medical Director, Division of Infectious Disease Diagnostics, Boston Children's Hospital; Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Clinical Microbiology.

Sandra Smole, PhD, Director, Massachusetts State Laboratory Institute, Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Nira Pollock, MD, PhD, Associate Director, Division of Infectious Disease Diagnostics, Boston Children‘s Hospital. Learn more about Dr. Pollock.

Ramy Arnaout, MD, DPhil, Associate Director, Clinical Microbiology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Learn about Dr. Arnaout's Lab.