Infectious diseases consultant and fellow
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Mayo Clinic's three-year Infectious Diseases Fellowship offers in-depth training and extensive experience in clinical practice, education, and research. Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, is home to a major tertiary care referral center involved in the management of infectious diseases in patients from locations around the world.

The vast mix of clinical syndromes seen at Mayo Clinic ensures that you become skilled in the management of common and uncommon infectious diseases. The panoply of illnesses seen at Mayo Clinic provides you with an excellent educational experience in clinical, translational, and basic laboratory-based research opportunities. Our state-of-the-art reference laboratory serves the microbiologic, molecular, and serologic needs of medical centers globally.

Mayo Clinic's long-standing tradition of practicing both the art and science of medicine was founded on the belief that the needs of the patient come first. In the care of the patients, physicians and other providers work together, teach and learn from each other, and conduct research to deliver the very best patient care.

At Mayo Clinic, you work one-on-one with more than 35 experienced, world-renowned faculty members to ensure your growth in clinical care, research, and education. Staff consultants are always available to teach and mentor you.

Physicians, scientists, advanced practice providers, residents, students, nurses, pharmacists, and allied health staff members work as a collaborative team at Mayo Clinic. The Mayo Clinic way of graduate medical education provides the finest teaching and the broadest patient care experience possible during a busy, hands-on fellowship.

Director's welcome

Thank you for your interest in the Infectious Diseases Fellowship at Mayo Clinic. We are proud to offer an individualized educational and clinical experience designed to provide the best training necessary for you to become highly skilled in infectious diseases.

Our mission is to create an environment that fosters lifelong learning of infectious diseases for residents, fellows, and faculty, and that enables excellence in the provision of patient-centered medicine and the ability to identify and answer fundamental infectious diseases questions in practice, research, and education.

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The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.


This fellowship fulfills the requirements for infectious disease training as stated by the American Board of Internal Medicine. After successfully completing the program, you are eligible to take the subspecialty Infectious Disease Certification Exam offered by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Program history

The Infectious Diseases Fellowship at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota began in 1961. Since then, the program has evolved to include robust basic, translational and clinical research components and several subspecialty clinical inpatient and outpatient rotations.

Six candidates are recruited annually for three years of fellowship training. Graduates of the Mayo Clinic Infectious Diseases Fellowship have had successful academic and private practice careers, including many with leadership roles in national and international societies. 

Program highlights

Mentorship model

As part of the program, each fellow:

  • Identifies a faculty member to serve as a career mentor for the duration of the fellowship
  • Chooses a research mentor
  • Has a career council, a panel composed of the career mentor, research mentor, associate program director, and program director
  • Participates in ad hoc meetings with the faculty development chair to discuss his or her career path and ensure academic appointments at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, as appropriate

Unique training opportunities

As part of the program, each fellow:

  • Rotates through the infectious diseases research, education, clinical practice and infection control committees to gain administrative and leadership skills
  • Participates in a one day activity in the Mayo Clinic Multidisciplinary Simulation Center
  • May select training based on area of interest
  • Two month world class clinical microbiology rotation
  • Funded research including participation in Center for Clinical and Translational Science
  • Has up to six months of elective on- and off-site rotations (for example, in the Philippines, with the Mayo International Health Program or in pediatrics)
  • Has availability of advanced one-year fellowships in orthopedic or transplant infectious diseases
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Choosing Mayo Clinic

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Campus and community

Rochester, MN

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Stipend and benefits