Comprehensive and Collaborative Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program

University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, in conjunction with Case Western Reserve University, preeminent leaders in research and clinical excellence, offer a comprehensive and collaborative Infectious Diseases Fellowship. Infectious Diseases as a subspecialty of internal medicine is the discipline encompassing the principles and practice of infections, including diagnosis, management and prevention in men and women from adolescence to the elderly, during times of health and through all stages of acute and chronic illness.

Intrinsic to this discipline is the application of evidence-based methods of problem-solving, decision-making and an attitude of care and management driven by humanistic and professional values. The practice of infectious diseases requires:

  • An understanding of the epidemiology and pathophysiology of diseases
  • Comprehensive knowledge of human biology, behavior and spirit
  • The mechanisms of treatment

Infectious diseases services require mastery in clinical skills all related to infectious diseases such as:

  • Counseling and disease prevention
  • Differential diagnosis and diagnostic testing strategies
  • Interviewing
  • Physical examination
  • Therapeutic options

Infectious Disease Training Goals

At the end of two years of infectious diseases training, fellows must demonstrate:

  • Sufficient professional ability to practice clinical infectious diseases independently without supervision
  • A broad understanding of the pathophysiology of infectious diseases problems in adults and learn a rational approach to establishing the diagnosis and management of these problems
  • Understand the science behind the etiology, diagnosis and therapy of the common and less common infections that affect adults

In addition, fellows must comprehend and demonstrate:

  • Demonstrate competence in the history and physical exam of adults presenting with infectious disease problems
  • Comprehend principles of efficient and cost-effective infectious diseases practice, antimicrobial management and stewardship and system-based practice
  • Demonstrate professionalism and comprehend common ethical and legal issues and the psychosocial aspects of the practice of infectious diseases
  • Demonstrate the fundamentals of teaching about infectious diseases, microbiologic agents and appropriate diagnosis and management
  • Learn to critically evaluate the medical literature
  • Recognize how to apply the evidence in the medical literature to infectious disease problems in adults
  • Formulate a research question, produce a plan for undertaking and completing research in the area of infectious diseases

Strengths of our Infectious Disease Specialist Training

The strengths of our ID Fellowship Training Program are our diverse faculty, a wide breadth of clinical experience at three training sites and rich opportunities in research. Our research opportunities for trainees are many and include HIV, TB, Global Health and drug-resistant bacteria. We have premier international and national HIV programs( AIDS Clinical Trials Unit and Centers for AIDS Research). In addition, our Infectious Diseases Fellowship include:

  • Multiple sources of salary support for fellows, including T32 training grants and the VA GRECC to allow a third unaccredited year of training to continue with research pursuits.
  • Strong track record in training academic infectious diseases physicians

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