Program Structure

The Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program offers a flexible yet comprehensive two-year training program designed to foster clinical independence, intellectual curiosity, and professional development for future clinicians and educators in both the academic and private practice setting. The first year of training affords broad exposure to the various subspecialties of infectious diseases through a variety of inpatient and outpatient clinical rotations. Specific rotations focus on sub-specialized training in the care of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, sexually transmitted infections, viral hepatitis, tropical infections, general infectious diseases, and transplant infectious diseases. Fellows supervise junior trainees on their care teams and participate in their education while on service. Non-clinical rotations focusing on antimicrobial stewardship, infection control/hospital epidemiology, and clinical microbiology are built into the curriculum as well to expose new fellows to all disciplines within our field so as to cultivate broad experience. First year fellows participate in all didactics series and begin work on both a longitudinal individual research project as well as a quality improvement project during built in research time.

 

Second year fellows are afforded more flexibility in their curriculum for elective rotations, independent clinical research, quality improvement endeavors, and other scholarly activity focused on their individual chosen career paths. Fellows continue to supervise junior trainees on their care teams and coordinate their education while on service. Second year fellows also participate in all didactics series and conclude work on both their longitudinal individual research projects and quality improvement projects. Fellows with accepted abstracts or publications are sponsored to attend regional and national meetings for the presentation of their scholarly activities by the section.

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The general curriculum consists of approximately 12 months of required inpatient and outpatient clinical services and required non-clinical rotations. Approxmiately 12 months of flexible research and elective time are built into the curriculum, predominantly in the second year.

Required rotations include:

  • General ID consultation service at University Medical Center (4 blocks)
  • General ID consultation service at Ochsner Medical Center - Kenner (3 blocks)
  • Transplant ID consultation service at Ochsner Medical Center (1.5 blocks)
  • ID outpatient clinic rotations (2.5 blocks)
  • Clinical microbiology rotation at University Medical Center (1 blocks)
  • Antimicrobial stewardship rotation at University Medical Center (0.5 blocks)
  • Infection control rotation at University Medical Center (0.5 blocks)

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ID fellow Logan Ledet in the clinical microbiology laboratory.

 

§  Elective experiences

  • Advanced HIV clinical care
  • Advanced STI clinical care
  • Advanced viral hepatitis clinical care
  • Mycobacterial infections clinical care
  • Transplant infectious diseases
  • Musculoskeletal infections clinical care
  • Clinical microbiology
  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Infection control and hospital epidemiology
  • Wound care
  • Medical education
  • Specialty research

 

§ Specialty fellowship tracks

  • Masters in Public Health

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Stained glass sculpture depicting an aerial view of the Crescent City in the UMC main lobby.