Fellowship Training Overview
An exceptional clinical experience
Fellows see inpatient consults at two tertiary care teaching hospitals (Jennie Sealy Hospital and Texas Department of Criminal Justice Hospital on the main UTMB campus in Galveston. Our patient population is highly diverse. A dedicated transplant service offers a focused opportunity in solid organ transplant ID. Fellows also see general ID consults in a community suburban setting at the UTMB-MD Anderson League City campus. A world-renowned burn wound care center and a clinical Bio-containment Unit for care of patients infected with high-containment and highly lethal pathogens is located on the Galveston campus. Most clinical consult rotations occur during the first year of training.
General ID, HIV and travel clinics offer a well-rounded outpatient experience. Fellows are also active in hepatitis C management. Each fellow is paired with a faculty preceptor for their continuity clinic, which is held a half-day each week throughout training.
Elective rotations in pediatric ID (UTMB), bone marrow transplantation (MD Anderson Cancer Center/Houston, and mycobacterial infections (National Jewish Center/Denver) are available. Rotations at international sites are also offered (Kenya and Peru).
A strong didactic program: Faculty excel in teaching and mentoring
Faculty are frequently recognized by prestigious awards such as Best Doctors in America, Texas Super Doctors, Osler Society Teaching Award, and Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society.
Clinical case conferences, journal club, research in progress, core lecture series and tropical medicine course in interactive formats with superb faculty involvement.
Our faculty are highly productive and lead the department in grant support and publications. They are authors of chapters in major textbooks including Mandell IDs, Harrison’s IM, Nelson’s Pediatrics, and Guerrant’s Tropical IDs.
Numerous research opportunities
UTMB has more than 150 faculty investigators doing research related to infectious diseases. UTMB is a leader in NIH support for ID research. The Microbiology & Immunology Department ranks among the top few in the country in infectious diseases-related NIH funding. UTMB is the only University in the world with a Biosafety Level 4 Laboratory on campus.
Most research training occurs during the second year. Fellows may elect to work in basic, translational, or clinical projects and with mentors inside or outside the division.
Third-year fellowship in Antimicrobial Stewardship or Global Infectious Diseases
We offer the opportunity for an additional 3rd year of fellowship training in either Antimicrobial Stewardship or Global ID research. These programs provide intensive research training and mentorship. The training includes completion of a M.Sc. in clinical science. Coursework for the M.Sc. is completed during the second year and the mentored research project and thesis is completed in the third year.