The Infectious Disease (ID) Fellowship program at Wake Forest School of Medicine was established in 1974, and since then more than 90 fellows have completed their training. Every year three new positions are available through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) with an average of 50-60 applicants being considered for those positions.

The fellowship consists of a core two-year program with three approved Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) positions per year of training. The program aims to provide comprehensive training in infectious disease through diverse clinical training experiences, dedicated research mentorship and an enriching educational environment.

Program Goals

  • Develop competence in the clinical practice of infectious diseases in both the ambulatory and inpatient consultative care settings
  • Provide opportunities to develop skills in antimicrobial stewardship, infection prevention, public health and global health such that graduates have the option to focus on and become leaders in one of more of these areas
  • Develop research knowledge and experience encompassing the areas of research design and methodology, issues of informed consent, analysis and interpretation of data and critical appraisal of research trials
  • Acquire and foster necessary skills for life-long learning
  • Develop a humanistic approach to patient care and professional attitudes toward patients and colleagues
  • Develop skills in leadership and education to foster a career in hospital leadership, public health or medical education

Message from the Director

"Some of my favorite features of the ID fellowship program include the diverse patient population, our section’s enthusiasm for fellowship education, the highly collegial atmosphere and dedicated mentorship."

Vera P. Luther, MD, FACP, FIDSA, Director, Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program

Read the Infectious Diseases Fellowship directors welcome message

Why Train at Wake Forest?

The primary training site is at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, a premier academic medical center that serves a four-state referral area. Fellows also rotate through the VA and local health departments. Clinical care activities provide fellows experience with the complete spectrum of pathology in our subspecialty. We enjoy collegial and collaborative relationships with our colleagues in clinical microbiology and pharmacy, which are invaluable to our patient care and educational missions.

Program Overview

Three fellowship positions are available each year. Both clinical (two-year minimum) and academic (three-year minimum) tracks are available.

Strengths of our program include:

  • Superb programs in:
    • Antibiotic stewardship
    • Infection prevention
    • HIV and other immunocompromised hosts
    • Sexually transmitted infections
    • Aging and infectious diseases
    • Oviral hepatitis
    • Enteric infections
  • Strong public health presence
  • Global health certificate program for Infectious Diseases fellows
  • Diverse, collegial, collaborative faculty and fellows with a wide range of interests who are dedicated to excellence in patient care, education and scholarship
  • Robust infrastructure (infectious diseases-specific nursing, pharmacy, navigators, social work, clinical trials coordinators) for both clinical and research programs

Why Choose Wake Forest for Fellowship?

Several current fellows describe what they love about being at Wake Forest and living in Winston-Salem.

Program Benefits Highlights

As a fellow of Wake Forest you will receive:

  • Competitive salary
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Long-term disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • On-call resources (rooms, meals, etc.)
Learn more about the all standard benefits available to Wake Forest Fellows. Program-specific benefits, if available, can be found on the program application page.