Infectious Diseases Fellowship Curriculum

Over the course of the core two-year clinical fellowship, 52 weeks are spent in clinical rotations, and 52 weeks are devoted to elective experiences and scholarly activities. Fellows are also required to participate in a clinical or basic research project during their training.

There are opportunities for fellows to spend additional years in funded research projects or to obtain a master’s degree in Clinical and Population Translational Science. Additionally, a one year Critical Care Fellowship is available on a competitive basis for fellows who envision a future career devoted to the practice of infectious diseases in the intensive care unit environment.

Over the past 6 years (2012-2017), 18 fellows have completed their training, and 100 percent of them have passed the Infectious Diseases Certification Examination. Approximately 40 percent of graduates have pursued academic careers, and 60 percent have entered clinical practice.

Clinical Rotations

All fellows spend a minimum of 12 months in clinical training, consisting of:

  • Clinical training
  • Inpatient consultations
  • Ambulatory infectious diseases (Continuity Clinic, Travel Clinic, STI Clinic)
  • Clinical microbiology activities

Clinical track fellows are also encouraged to pursue additional rotations in:

  • Pediatric infectious disease
  • Hospital epidemiology and infection control
  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Transplant infectious diseases
  • Clinical education and teaching

Electives

Electives are available in:

  • Pediatric infectious diseases
  • Medical microbiology
  • Hospital epidemiology and infection control
  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Sexually transmitted diseases and public health

International rotations through the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center's Global Health Initiative are also available

Conferences and Didactics

Fellows are responsible for preparing cases and focused clinical discussions at a weekly infectious disease conference that includes participating faculty from:

  • Section on Infectious Diseases
  • Section on Pediatric Infectious Diseases
  • Section on Clinical Microbiology
  • Department of Pharmacy

Fellows are also responsible for formal teaching exercises for internal medicine residents and medical students while on the inpatient consultation service.

In addition to the multidisciplinary infectious diseases case conference, there is a twice-monthly journal club, a weekly HIV conference and a monthly hospital epidemiology conference. Weekly didactic lectures for fellows given by faculty from a core curriculum and twice monthly board review lectures assist fellows in preparation for board certification.

Support is available for fellows to attend:

  • The meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)
  • The Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
  • The Society of Hospital Epidemiologists of America course in infection control
  • The semi-annual course in tuberculosis at National Jewish Hospital

Additional support is available for fellows to attend meetings when they are making scientific presentations.

Research Opportunities

Our program has a major commitment to produce academic or clinical specialists in infectious diseases. For those committed to basic research, training will be through multidisciplinary research projects that transcend departmental lines and lead to expertise in molecular approaches to infectious diseases. We encourage you to explore these programs.

For those interested in further training in epidemiology, health care management or population research, we encourage you to explore the master’s program in Clinical and Population Translational Sciences.