About the Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program
Graduates of the infectious diseases fellowship program are well qualified to pursue careers in clinical practice, academic medicine, public health or industry. The fellowship in infectious diseases at VCU Medical Center is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for a five-year period, the maximum approval possible.
Infectious diseases fellows spend seven to eight months of each year at VCU Medical Center and Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center rotating on infectious diseases consult services including general infectious diseases, orthopedic infectious diseases, and transplant infectious diseases. One additional month is spent in the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory at the beginning of the first year of fellowship. The remaining months may be used for dedicated research time or for inpatient or outpatient clinical electives, depending on the individual fellow’s interests.
Available electives include rotations in hospital epidemiology and infection control, pediatric infectious diseases, medical education, travel medicine and global health, hepatology (viral hepatitis), specialized ICU rotations, allergy and immunology, and cystic fibrosis clinics, among others. Fellows also see outpatients one half day per week in the HIV clinic at the VCU Medical Center or at the McGuire VA Medical Center as part of their continuity clinic. During elective months, fellows also have an opportunity to see outpatients in the general infectious diseases clinics.