Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program

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Based in the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical complex in the world, the Division of Infectious Diseases at UTHealth’s McGovern Medical School (formerly, the University of Texas Medical School in Houston), jointly with UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, offers ACGME accredited Infectious Diseases fellowship training which includes a broad exposure to the complete spectrum of clinical infectious diseases via staffing of a large public hospital (Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital, with its unique and highly educational lower resource and immigrant populations); a private hospital (Memorial Hermann Hospital, one of the nation’s busiest trauma hospitals and the flagship referral hospital for largest private hospital network in Texas, with multiple ICUs, a burn unit, solid organ transplantation); and a renowned cancer hospital (UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, the #1 ranked oncology hospital in the US with its highly immunocompromised population. Click here for more information about MD Anderson’s Infectious Diseases Combined Fellowship Programs).  Training also includes the opportunity for investigation ranging from basic research to clinical studies conducted in hospitals the outpatient setting. The fellowship program is designed to prepare trainees for infectious disease practice or for academic careers. Pathways are available for clinicians, clinical researchers and basic researchers. The resources of the University of Texas School of Public Health are available to interested fellows and UT also offers a Masters in Clinical Research Curriculum.

In addition to the ACGME-accredited fellowship, Texas Medical Board approved, Graduate Medical Education/ECFMG compatible one year fellowships are offered in HIV medicine and in Transplant Infectious Diseases and a similarly approved third year of advanced infectious diseases research is offered contingent upon acceptance by a research mentor and available funding.

While ours is a single educational program, two tracks are available and should be ranked separately.  The “Traditional Track” includes time in both highly specialized and general settings as well as with cancer and immunocompromised hosts. The “Immunocompromised Track” enables fellows to focus their education more heavily on cancer and immunocompromised hosts.

For clinical rotations, all fellows spend one month in clinical microbiology during their first year and one month in Transplant Infectious Diseases during their second year. The rest of the clinical time is divided as follows according to the two tracks: In the Traditional Track, fellows see approximately 70% of their ID consults on general ID services at Memorial Hermann (MHH) and Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) hospitals, and 30% at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC).  In the Immunocompromised Track, fellows sees a little over 50% of their ID consults at MDACC, and the remainder on general ID services at MHH and LBJ.  All fellows are guaranteed a minimum of a month of exposure to each of the four major MDACC services (solid tumors, leukemia, stem cell transplant, intensive care).

For the ACGME-mandated continuity clinic and HIV experience, all fellows rotate for at least 12 months through Thomas Street Health Center (the first freestanding facility dedicated to outpatient HIV/AIDS care in the nation and still one of the largest public HIV clinics in the US), staffed by ID experts who specialize in HIV care and clinical research.  This clinic is also one of the National Institutes of Health’s AIDS Clinical Trials Group (NIH ACTG) sites for clinical research on HIV and the principal investigator is one of our UT’s faculty members. All fellows have at least one month of training in outpatient HCV management. During the second year, 6-month blocks of continuity clinic are assigned, when possible, according to the fellow’s preference (more HIV, more HCV, general ID, cancer ID, transplant ID).

We guarantee at least 6 months of research for all fellows. Infectious Diseases Fellows are encouraged to pick a research mentor early in their fellowship, with the hope that they will complete a project during their first year in time to submit an abstract to either the fall IDWeek (the annual meeting of the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA), HIVMA, SHEA and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society) or the spring ASM Microbe meeting (including the former Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC)); fellows’ abstracts are frequently accepted for presentation and travel grants are generally provided. Fellows with a proven research trajectory or wishing to develop more bench-related or clinical research skills can be accommodated for additional research time. This conversation is usually carried out during the career counseling session we hold with each fellow in the spring of their first year. The fellowship aims to be as flexible as reasonably possible to foster each fellow’s career goals and interests.  Regardless of which clinical educational track a fellow is on, one’s research mentor can be from either institution, although the expectation is that a fellow would generally pick a mentor based on the educational track with which they matched. For fellows wishing additional research training, the program offers an ACGME/ECFMG compliant year of “Advanced ID Research”, subject to available funding.

 

Application Process FAQ

  • How do I submit an application?
    We participate in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) and applications are only accepted through the Electronic Residency Matching Service (ERAS).
  • Is there an application submission deadline?
    We do not have a set submission deadline. We review applications continuously throughout the interview season. The majority of invitations to interview are sent out in July, and our interview season runs from August–October.
  • Do you require a United States Internal Medicine Residency?
    Successful completion of a United States ACGME-approved Internal Medicine residency, or its equivalent, is required prior to beginning the ID fellowship. Exceptional candidates without such qualification could be considered for matching if our GME office approves.
  • Which visas do you sponsor?
    As a policy of The University of Texas Medical School at Houston and The University of Texas System Medical Foundation, we can only sponsor J-1 visas. We specifically cannot sponsor H1 visas.

For additional information on our fellowship, please contact the fellowship coordinator Sandra Warrie at Sandra.R.Warrie@uth.tmc.edu  She can send you a up-to-date brochure that has additional information including Meeting Attendance and Support, Resources and Additional Benefits.

 

Note: Information on benefits and policies for residents and fellows can be found here.

 

Fellow Graduates, 2005–present (includes HIV fellows*)

Graduation 2017

Ahmed Al Hammadi, Mohanad Al Obaidi, Onaizah Habib, Deeksha Jandhyala, Parikshit Prayag, Daniel Smith, Tarek Sulaiman

Graduation 2016

Zeinab El Boghdadly, Nagakrishnal Nachimuthu, William Miller, Chanunya Srihawan, Farida Malik

Graduation 2015

Quanhathai Kaewpoowat, Masayuki Nigo, Bhavarth Shukla, Meena Sunil

Graduation 2014

Roshni Daver, Rodrigo Lopez, Nobuyoshi Mori, Jose Munita, Jakapat Vanichanan

Graduation Year 2013

Abdussalam Alburki, Nada Fadul, Vandana Karanda, Lior Nesher

Graduation Year 2012

Madiha Ashraf, Gilbert El Helou, Aline El Zakhem, Siraya Jaijakul, Sweeya Ramireddy, Tina Shenouda*

Graduation Year 2011

Lizbeth Cahuayme-Zuniga, Maria Nina Chitasombat, Jairo Eraso, Nabil Khoury, Jorge Zuniga

Graduation Year 2010

Fadi Al Akhrass, Leyla Best, Javier Cairo, Marcela Campo*, Sujatha Krishnan, Nicolas Melgarejo, Karen Vigil*, Clay Watson

Graduation Year 2009

Saud Ahmed, Marcela Campo, Jose Flores Figueroa, Georgiana Georgescu*, John Granger, Clinton Haley, Christelle Kassis, Roshan Lewis*, Sherri Onyiego*

Graduation Year 2008

Cesar Arias, Georgios Chamilos, Georgiana Georgescu, Solomon Ghide, Elizabeth Ramos, Karen Vigil

Graduation Year 2007

Danny Ghannam, Kevin Grimes, Andrea Holmes, Roshan Lewis, Harrys Torres, Souad Yousseff

Graduation Year 2006

Halim Aboufaycal, Cesar Arias, Mona Kapadia, Ghazi Ghanem, Charles Sims

Graduation Year 2005

Stephanie Lee, Lisa Armitige, Shoaib Ansari, Gabriel Aisenberg, Padma Kumashi, Mallika Kamana, Samuel Maghidman*

 

Contact

Department of Medicine/Division of Infectious Diseases
McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
MSB 2.112
6431 Fannin Street
Houston, Texas 77030
Phone: (713) 500-6767
Fax: (713) 500-5495
E-mail: Sandra.R.Warrie@uth.tmc.edu, ID Fellowship Coordinator