Fellowship in Infectious Disease and Immunology
The University of Massachusetts Medical School Clinical Infectious Disease Fellowship Training Program began in 1976, when the hospital opened. In 1984, an NIH training program in Infectious Diseases was created, with a focus on viral pathogenesis. Since 1987, twenty fellows have entered the fellowship program in these two tracks. Fifteen former University of Massachusetts Infectious Disease fellows now have medical school appointments, and 6 have peer-reviewed research grant support. Other former fellows are now in clinical practice throughout the United States.
Clinical and Research Tracks
Currently, there are two tracks for Infectious Disease fellowship training, a clinical track (two year fellowship) and a research track (three or more years of fellowship training). The research track provides mentored training focusing on either basic science research or clinical research, beginning after the initial, clinical year of training.
All first year fellows rotate through the Clinical Microbiology laboratory for one month, spend one month on the Infection Control team and provide care for patients on one of three inpatient consult services at University campus, Memorial campus and the University Campus Transplant Service. Each is a unique experience and mix of patients, providing a comprehensive clinical experience for the trainee in Infectious Diseases.
Trainees who plan careers as clinicians or clinician educators are, in addition to clinical rotations, expected to develop a clinical research project or other scholarly activity, with guidance from an ID attending. Research projects may include retrospective clinical research projects in Infection control, on Transplant ID, on an HIV related problem or whatever interests the fellow may wish to further investigate. The expectation is that the fellow will prepare a scholarly manuscript for publication that is based upon the clinical research project.
Trainees on the research track will devote the bulk of their time during the second year on a basic science or clinical research project. The mentor and the research project will have been identified by March of their first year of fellowship.
Our hospital-based, full-time, Infectious Diseases faculty are actively involved in basic and clinical research investigation in numerous areas of infectious disease, sit on NIH study sections, and participate in Data Safety Monitoring for national multi-center research trials.
Questions about the ID fellowship program can be addressed to the program director, Dr. Brant L. Viner, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Massachusetts Medical School, 55 Lake Avenue North, Worcester, MA 01655. If you have any questions regarding the program, please feel free to call Dr. Brant Viner at (508)-856-3158, or email: Brant.Viner@umassmemorial.org For more information about Worcester and the surrounding area, visit the Campus Info section of our residency website.