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The Infectious Diseases Fellowship has a strong clinical emphasis built into its two-year curriculum. You rotate on two hospital services — General Infectious Diseases and Transplant Infectious Diseases — at Mayo Clinic's campus in Phoenix, Arizona.

Other valuable experiences include the sexually transmitted diseases and tuberculosis clinic through the Maricopa County Department of Public Health and pediatric infectious diseases at Phoenix Children's Hospital. Elective rotations provide opportunities for you to structure these blocks to match your interests and long-term goals.

During both years of the fellowship, your continuity clinic experiences take place at these locations:

  • Continuity clinic. Takes place on Tuesday afternoons for two years, alternating between Valleywise Community Health Center (comprehensive HIV clinic, downtown Phoenix) and Infectious Diseases Continuity Clinic (Mayo Clinic).
  • Valleywise  Community Health Center. This is a comprehensive clinic for the management of HIV-infected persons in downtown Phoenix.
  • Infectious Diseases Continuity Clinic (IDCC). Located on the Mayo Clinic campus, IDCC provides exposure to patients with HIV infection, solid-organ and stem cell transplant recipients, coccidioidomycosis, fecal microbiota transplantation, and all aspects of general infectious diseases. You also evaluate post-discharge follow-up patients in this clinic.

Rotation schedule

Year 1

Rotation Length
Inpatient general infectious diseases service 5.5 blocks
Inpatient transplant infectious diseases service 3.5 blocks
Clinical microbiology 1 block (2 two-week rotations)
Research 2 blocks
Plastic surgery-wound clinic 0.5 block
Epidemiology-Department of health 0.5 block
*Based on a 13-block schedule

Year 2

Rotation Length
Inpatient general infectious diseases service 4 blocks
Inpatient transplant infectious diseases service 3.5 blocks
Sexually transmitted diseases and tuberculosis clinic 0.5 block
Pediatric infectious diseases 0.5 block
Research 3 blocks
Elective 1 block
Travel and Tropical Medicine Clinic 0.5 block
Infection control and hospital epidemiology 0.5 block
*Based on a 13-block schedule

Call frequency

You take call during all your rotations, except during elective months and off-campus rotations. Weekend call frequency varies between every third to every fourth weekend.

During weekdays, one fellow is on call by pager between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. Call is taken from home for both the general infectious diseases and transplant infectious diseases services. There is no in-house call.

Clinical laboratories

We also have an on-site, full-fledged state-of-the-art microbiology and serology laboratory led by Thomas Grys, Ph.D. and Erin Graf, Ph.D., in close collaboration with the world-famous Mayo Clinic Laboratories in Rochester, Minnesota. During inpatient rotations, you will lead weekly microbiology rounds during which stained specimens, cultures, and other pertinent samples from patients on the consult service are reviewed and discussed in detail.

Microbiology laboratory staff also challenge the team each week during rounds with "unknowns" — a very popular segment wherein culture plates, smear photographs, and other specimens are demonstrated while faculty and fellows compete to arrive at the correct pathogen. Others present at microbiology rounds, including the faculty member on the inpatient service, Drs. Grys and Graf, medical residents, students, lab technicians, and the lab supervisor.