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Infectious Diseases Fellowship (Minnesota)


Program information

  • Institutional funding for the third year of the fellowship is guaranteed (you are not required to attain your own research funding in your third year)
  • No visa restrictions
  • 100 percent infectious disease board pass rate for the last 10 years
  • Average number of publications during fellowship: four to five publications per fellow
  • Over 50 percent of graduated fellows are employed in academic centers

Extensive subspecialty clinical experiences

  • Cardiovascular infectious diseases
    • Faculty on guideline committees for cardiovascular infections (American Heart Association and Infectious Diseases Society of America)
    • Large volume of native and prosthetic valve endocarditis, cardiac device infections and vascular graft infections
  • General infectious diseases (Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus)
    • Broad range of community-acquired infections and referral infectious diseases practice
    • Teaching opportunities with the internal medicine residents
  • Hematology-oncology/bone marrow transplant infectious diseases (Mayo Clinic Hospital, Methodist Campus)
    • Large referral center for hematologic and solid malignancies
    • Extensive allogeneic and autologous bone marrow transplantation program
  • HIV medicine
    • Every fellow has continuity clinic every week, including evaluation and follow up of HIV-infected patients
    • HIV faculty on the Department of Health and Human Services treatment guideline committee
    • Federal Bureau of Prisons national referral center for HIV care
  • Infection prevention and control/antimicrobial stewardship
    • Faculty on CDC's Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee
    • Advanced technologies for antimicrobial stewardship and outbreak detection
    • Computer-based antimicrobial stewardship
  • Intensive care unit infectious diseases
    • Nearly 200 ICU beds at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota
    • Level I Trauma Center
    • Regional referral center for critical care
  • Mycobacterial diseases
    • Participation in the Olmsted Tuberculosis Clinic
    • Participation in Non-Tuberculous Mycobacterial Clinic
  • Orthopedic infectious diseases
    • Faculty members are lead authors of national guideline committees (Infectious Diseases Society of America)
    • Close working relationship with orthopedic surgical colleagues
    • Advanced fellowship training in orthopedic infectious diseases available
  • Transplant infectious diseases
    • Large referral center for liver, kidney, pancreas, heart and lung, and composite tissue allograft transplantation
    • Faculty on guideline committees for transplant infections
    • Advanced fellowship training in transplant infectious diseases available
  • Travel medicine and tropical diseases
    • Large referral practice for infections in return travelers (including malaria and other parasitic diseases)
    • Large pre-travel counseling and immunization clinic

Clinical Microbiology Laboratory

  • Mayo Clinic Laboratories is the world-renowned reference microbiology laboratory for most of the top hospitals in the country
  • Direct access to referral microbiology services is a tremendous asset to clinical infectious diseases consultation, providing rapid critical confirmatory tests to many suspected clinical infections
  • Clinical Microbiology rotation (two months) for first-year fellows to provide firsthand training in basic microbiologic techniques and principles

Research opportunities

  • Ample opportunities for clinical, translational and basic science research with infectious diseases faculty as well as other faculty throughout Mayo Clinic
  • An average of four to five publications per fellow during the fellowship training
  • 12 to 18 months of protected research time during the three-year fellowship
  • Pre-approved research budget of $7,500 per fellow
  • Advanced training in basic, translational and clinical research via Mayo Clinic's Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS) is highly recommended, such as the Research Applications for Practice Improvement Decisions (RAPID) Certificate Program, Postdoctoral Diploma Program or Postdoctoral Master's Degree Program

Structured educational curriculum

  • Weekly didactic lectures on infectious diseases topics
  • HIV core curriculum
  • Infectious diseases and HIV journal clubs
  • General infectious diseases, HIV and tri-campus infectious diseases case conferences
  • Global health lecture series
  • Invited speakers for Medical Grand Rounds and Infection and Immunity Research Club
  • Infection control course hosted by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America and the Infectious Diseases Society of America
  • Denver TB Course, a four-day course offered through National Jewish Health or a one-month molecular biology course offered through Mayo Clinic
  • Online Mayo modules
  • Mayo tuberculosis course

Presentation and trip policy

  • One national conference of choice during the three-year fellowship for attendance only, paid for by Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education
  • 10 trip days each year if presenting papers or posters, all supported by Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education
  • Attendance at the Denver TB Course (see above) is highly encouraged

Additional program features

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
  • Rotates through the infectious diseases research, education, clinical practice and infection control committees to gain administrative and leadership skills
  • Attends a 2.5-day activity in the Mayo Clinic Multidisciplinary Simulation Center
  • Attends the intensive communication workshop
  • Presents at the annual Infectious Diseases Fellows Forum, a one-day forum organized by the Mayo Clinic Infectious Diseases Fellowship

Fellowship structure

  • Three-year fellowship training program
    • 16 to 20 months of clinical rotations
    • 12 to 18 months of research
    • 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)
  • Availability of advanced one-year fellowships in orthopedic or transplant infectious diseases
  • Five fellows a year
  • More than 30 infectious diseases faculty members