Two Mayo Clinic infectious diseases physicians in a lab

Program description

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 over 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.


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.

Graduate outcomes

The success of any training program is reflected in how its graduates fare after they begin their careers. In the last 15 years:

  • All graduates have successfully passed their board certification examinations.
  • Approximately 50 percent are in private practice and 50 percent hold academic positions.
  • Recent graduates practice in 12 states and five foreign countries.

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.

Five 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. See our fellowship highlights, benefits and rotation details.

Related programs

Mayo Clinic offers two advanced fellowships related to infectious diseases.