What to Expect

Program curriculum

First Year
Rotation Duration
Infectious Disease Consultation 6 months
Clinical Microbiology 1 month
Research 5 months
Second Year
Rotation Duration
Infectious Disease Consultation 5 months
Transplant Infectious Disease Consultation Service 1 month
Infection Prevention 1 month
Research/Electives 5 months

Each fellow receives 12 months of clinical training, including exposure to the microbiology laboratory and infection control in the first year and six weeks of additional clinical training in the second year. Fellows have 10 months in the second year of protected time for biomedical research training. Additionally, the fellows can rotate through the various consult services in order to gain more clinical experience, especially if their goals are academic careers as clinician educators.

An additional third year of research training is strongly encouraged for fellows demonstrating a strong aptitude for basic and/or translational research. The third year is highly structured and tailored to the individual research goals of the fellows with input from the mentoring faculty members. Please see Year Three Training Opportunities for more details.

Program rotations

Infectious disease consultation service

The educational goal of every infectious disease consult is to achieve an understanding of the basic anatomical, pathophysiological, microbiological, and pharmacological factors that pertain to patient management of complex infectious disease conditions that the ID specialist encounters.

Clinical microbiology

The educational goals of this one-month clinical rotation are advanced microbiology techniques and practices in the disciplines of Bacteriology (including anaerobes), Mycology, Mycobacteriology, Parasitology, Virology, and Serology.

Infection prevention

The goal of this rotation is to introduce the fellow to the epidemiological methods used in health care institutions. The various methods include the identification, analysis, intervention and evaluation of infectious agents that will emerge in health care settings.

Transplant infectious disease consultation service

The educational goal of this one-month clinical rotation is to familiarize the resident with infectious diseases in the solid organ and hematopoietic stem cell transplant population (HSCT).

Outpatient infectious disease clinic

This is ½ day a week during the 2 years of fellowship. This is a staff-supervised experience gained from one-on-one patient encounters in the Infectious Diseases outpatient clinic. These encounters include patients who may have HIV/AIDS, osteomyelitis, bacterial infections, mycobacterial infections, fungal infections, or fever of unknown origin. In addition, there is interaction with the support staff involved in the care of these patients, including clinical nurse specialists, a pharmacist, social workers, and home infusion center.

Elective options

Fellows can take electives in the following:

  • Global Health — P.D. Hinduja National Hospital in Mumbai, India (up to 6 weeks during the second year of fellowship), National Institute of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases, New Delhi, India
  • Bone Marrow Transplant Consult Service — Harper Hospital/Wayne State University (4 weeks)
  • Pediatrics ID Consult Service — Children’s Hospital, Wayne State University (4 weeks)
  • Hepatology
  • Wound Clinic


Research and scholarly activities are considered an essential component of the educational program in infectious diseases, even if the fellow's primary focus is clinical training. Research training begins during the second year of the program. The fellow selects a faculty mentor who assumes responsibility for guiding research training. Examples of possible areas of focus include molecular virology and microbiology, HIV/AIDS, molecular epidemiology, hospital epidemiology, transplant, fungal diseases, and emerging infections.

Other teaching activities

  • Core Curriculum Series
  • Infectious Diseases Interesting Case Conference
  • Clinical Microbiology Laboratory Rounds
  • Educational Training Activities
  • Resident's Lecture Series
  • Research Seminar Series
  • ID Journal Club
  • HIV Conference
  • Transplant ID Conference
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