"My first year of fellowship at Mayo Clinic has been extremely rewarding. I have been able to dive deeper into my fields of interests and explore new areas of interest, too. There are endless opportunities available to the fellows, and the consultants and lab members are always there to help. I also found it incredibly helpful to have a second-year fellow to show you the ropes, and to come in with an M.D. fellow and be able to learn from each other's experiences. Our exposure to the infectious disease and pathology departments and conducting rounds and presentations with other departments within Mayo and even internationally has really helped me grow as a clinical microbiologist in an extremely short time."
Anisha Misra, Ph.D.
Clinical Microbiology CPEP Fellowship graduate, Class of 2022
"Coming straight from graduate school, I was terrified of what it meant to 'hold the pager' or 'be on call' - I wasn't an M.D.! Now, it has become second nature to answer calls, thanks to my excellent co-fellows I can discuss call cases with, and advice from our faculty that it is always okay to take a minute and gather your thoughts before giving an answer. The teamwork and advice made a huge difference in my training and now my confidence!
Though the pandemic changed some things, there is no place I would have rather been training. Sitting around the table working through bringing up a laboratory-developed test for SARS-CoV-2 in three weeks (something that normally takes six months or more) was an experience I'll never forget. The continued collaboration among experts from different disciplines and the microbiology labs' ability to adapt during that time hasn't stopped amazing me!"
Allison Eberly, Ph.D.
Clinical Microbiology CPEP Fellowship graduate, Class of 2021
"From the very first day of fellowship orientation, it was clear to me that those who founded Mayo Clinic invested heavily in building quality systems and effective leadership. This culture permeates Mayo Clinic fellowship education to this day, including an unmatched leadership and management course for all clinical microbiology trainees. The content and subject matter education at Mayo is excellent, but the education in quality and leadership is simply not comparable to any other U.S. institution. During a time when so many health organizations are eroding the influence of their "physician leadership," training at Mayo will teach exactly what it means to put the patient first and provide a point of moral reference for the rest of your career."
Thomas Gniadek, M.D.
Clinical Microbiology ACGME Fellowship graduate, Class of 2018
"I sincerely believe that the Clinical Microbiology Fellowship at Mayo Clinic has helped me become a better infectious disease physician and has impacted me positively in many ways. There are several advantages to choosing Mayo Clinic for fellowship training. I was exposed to a wide variety of pathogens and diagnostic tests that are available only in large reference laboratories such as Mayo Clinic Laboratories. There is a strong emphasis on laboratory research, and plenty of opportunities to collaborate on the development of novel diagnostic tests. The division has a strong record for academic productivity. The faculty are simply awesome and are committed to the education and well-being of their fellows. The close collaboration between faculty in infectious diseases and clinical microbiology is another unique advantage of this program. I truly enjoyed my fellowship at Mayo Clinic and would do it all again if I had to go back in time."
Poornima Ramanan, M.B.B.S.
Clinical Microbiology ACGME Fellowship graduate, Class of 2017