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Fellowship Program

Fellowship Training Overview

An exceptional clinical experience

Fellows see inpatient consultations at two tertiary care teaching hospitals with active surgical, ICU, burn, oncology, geriatrics and solid organ transplant services. Most consult rotations occur during the first year of training.

General Infectious Disease, HIV and travel clinics offer a well-rounded outpatient experience. Fellows' continuity clinic is held a half-day each week throughout training.

Elective rotations in pediatric IDs (UTMB Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases), 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

Case conferences, journal club, research in progress, and core lecture series in a variety of formats with superb faculty involvement. The monthly global grand rounds is a real time, multicontinental case conference involving sites in Peru, Kenya, and Croatia as well as UTMB.

Faculty excel in teaching and mentoring

Infectious Disease Faculty frequently recognized by prestigious awards such as Best Doctors in America, Texas SuperDoctors, Osler Society Teaching Award and Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society.

Numerous research opportunities

UTMB is among the U.S. leaders in NIH support for infectious disease research; the Microbiology Department ranks among the top in the country on NIH funding. Over 200 investigators are addressing Infectious Diseases and Immunity in different UTMB departments and centers. UTMB is the only University in the country with an active Bio-Safety Level 4 Laboratory (BSL4).

Most research training occurs during the second year. An optional third year devoted to research and advanced degrees is available. Fellows may elect to work in basic or clinical projects and with mentors inside or outside the Division.

Advanced degrees

Our training programs are supported by NIH training grants with options for obtaining masters degrees in public health or clinical investigation, including providing opportunities for international research training.

Excellent benefits

  • Competitive salary
  • High quality health insurance for the fellow and family
  • High level of employer contribution to 401K retirement package
  • Travel support to regional and national specialty meetings
  • Paid membership to the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)
  • Free educational materials: iPad, mobile apps, Mandell Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases textbook, Sanford Guide, Board review subscriptions
  • For additional information please visit: UTMB Office of Graduate Medical Education



Clinical Case Conference (weekly)
It is run primarily by the fellows. A case of unknown diagnosis or challenging management is presented for engaged discussions.

Morbidity and Mortality (monthly)
Clinical and pathologic aspects of infectious diseases are correlated with participation of pathology faculty and residents.

Journal Club (weekly)
An in-depth review of current articles published in high impact journals. Faculty and fellows present. A critical analysis of the literature is emphasized.

Research-in-Progress (monthly/bimonthly)
Faculty, fellows or graduate students present their ongoing research projects for constructive criticism.

Infectious Diseases Core Lecture Series
This series is comprised of lectures on specific microorganisms, infections of organ systems, and the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of infectious diseases. Faculty provide a broad core didactic consideration of the field.

Other Didactic Sessions

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Global Grand Rounds (monthly)
A unique videoconference where cases are presented from various international sites (Peru, Argentina, Kenya and Croatia) linked to UTMB via telemedicine for shared clinical discussions.

Intensive Course in Tropical Medicine
A 4-week interactive course that qualifies participants for the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Certificate of Knowledge in Tropical Medicine and Travel Health.

Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Control Seminar
This is a 21-hour series of presentations given by the UTMB healthcare epidemiology program led by Dr. Glen Mayhall.

HIV Mini-Fellowship
A learning experience through lectures, case studies, Q&A sessions, and hands on clinical and telemedicine experiences. This course complements other divisional learning activities focused on HIV/AIDS (13.5 AMA credits).

Clinical Research Tools and Techniques Course
It covers research guidelines, study design, statistics and data analysis, research methods, grant preparation and data presentation.

The following courses are also available across the institution. Fellows are encouraged to take advantage of these educational activities.

  1. Annual McLaughlin Symposium: Emerging Infectious Diseases: Ethics, Law and Professional Obligation (11 AMA credits including 6 credit hours in ethics and professional responsibility).
  2. Center for Tropical Diseases Colloquium on Frontiers of Infectious Disease and Tropical Medicine
  3. Microbiology and Immunology Seminar Series

Current Fellows

Fellow Graduates

Fellow Graduates ID Board Certified Academic Position Private Practice State/Country
Nair, Gayatri Yes X   Texas
Nyalakonda, Harita Yes   X Texas
Ansari, Sofia Yes   X Texas
Rebolledo, Mauricio Yes   X New Mexico
Samuel, George Yes X   Texas
Benwill, Jeana Yes X   Texas
Chung, Won Yes   X Indiana
Sommers, Kimberly Yes   X California
Tahir, Faiza Yes   X Texas
Ashfaq, Ahmad Yes   X Arizona
Thet, Zeyar Yes X   New York
Blanton, Lucas Yes X   Texas
Cabada, Miguel Yes X   Peru
Tichindelean, Carmen Yes   X Michigan
Hewlett, Angela Yes X   Nebraska
Kahlon, Summerpal Yes   X Florida


Our program participates in the NRMP and all applications are submitted through ERAS. We will be receiving applications for fellows starting July 1, 2017 between July 2016 and September 2016. Interviews of selected applicants will be conducted between August 2016 and October 2016.

The program accepts U.S. citizens, permanent residents and J1 visa holders. Previous training in an accredited Internal Medicine residency program is required. There are no preset requirements for USMLE/COMLEX scores or research experience but the fellowship is quite competitive. Letters of recommendation should be included. We appoint 2 to 3 fellows per year for a 2 to 3 year training period. UTMB is an Equal Opportunity Employer and applications from women and members of minority groups are strongly encouraged.

Contact Information:
Juan C. Sarria M.D., Program Director
Vicki Hudson, Fellowship Coordinator
Infectious Disease Fellowship

University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77555-0567
Phone 409.772.1756
Fax 409.772.3394

UTMB Graduate Medical Education Recruitment video

For additional information please visit: UTMB Office of Graduate Medical Education

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Sunset at galveston
Sunset at Galveston

Moddy Gardens Aqarium
Moody Gardens Aquarium

Pleasure Pier at Night, Galveston
Pleasure Pier at Night, Galveston

Moody Gardens’ Pyramids
Moody Gardens' Pyramids

Old Red 1890 building in Galveston, Texas
Old Red was completed in 1890 as the home of the University of Texas Medical Department, now known as UTMB.
Juan Carlos Sarria, M.D., Associate Professor
Juan C. Sarria, MD, Fellowship Program Director
Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Hospital
Dr. Philip Keiser presenting at the fellows' core lecture series
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Galveston Island, Texas
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