Educational Program

The Vanderbilt Department of Medicine Infectious Diseases Fellowship Training Program aims to train the next generation of leading Infectious Diseases physicians and researchers. We accomplish this goal by having rigorous and well-rounded clinical and research programs.
 
The diversity of infectious diseases encountered at Vanderbilt is substantial. In addition to becoming experts in the diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases (including HIV/AIDS), fellows will learn about traditional microbiologic techniques as well as cutting-edge molecular diagnostics. As an active and well-funded research division, we emphasize the development and use of evidence-based medicine. Our fellows learn how to critically analyze the infectious diseases literature.
 
The varied experiences in the hospitals and clinics allow fellows to become expert in both inpatient and outpatient management of infectious diseases and how to become thoughtful, reliable, and competent specialists and researchers in the field of infectious diseases. A description of the years of fellowship follows:


Year 1 (Clinical Year)

The first year of fellowship consists of 13 four-week blocks on the clinical services. Of these, 11.5 blocks are inpatient clinical rotations, 4 weeks are outpatient ID, and 3 weeks are vacation. The inpatient rotations include general infectious diseases consult services at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, transplant infectious diseases, and the inpatient infectious diseases medicine hospital service. Fellows are also assigned to a longitudinal half-day HIV clinic once-weekly during their first and second years.

 

Year 2 (Research Phase)

Starting in the second year, fellows undertake a mentored research project. The research project is planned and prepared formally during the first year. One to three four-week blocks of inpatient clinical rotations are also assigned during Year 2 (depending on the fellow's interest and future plans). Second year fellows each get 3 weeks of vacation.

 

Year 3 (Optional, Continued Research Phase)

A third year is optional and dedicated to mentored research. Third year fellows each get 3 weeks of vacation. Fellows will continue with an outpatient ID clinic during their third year which may consist of continuing their assigned longitudinal half-day HIV clinic or participating in another outpatient ID clinic which relates to their research or future plans.