Infectious Diseases Fellowship

The Saint Louis University Infectious Disease Fellowship Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The overall goal of the program is to prepare our trainees for careers as infectious diseases subspecialists certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Infectious Diseases Training

The duration of the subspecialty training is two years. It consists of clinical and research training. Additional research training is available. All application must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Interviews are scheduled by invitation from August to November. Fellowship positions are filled through The Match, National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

Fellowship Locations

The patient population we see includes a wide variety of infectious disease problems. At SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital, active programs in transplantation (liver, kidney, pancreas and bone marrow/stem cell) provide a broad experience in unusual and opportunistic pathogens, in addition to routine medical problems of general internal medicine inpatients.

Additional experience in surgical infectious diseases is gained by consultation on trauma, neurosurgical, orthopedic and general surgery patients. The Infectious Diseases (ID) Clinic sees a variety of issues based on our geographic location such as histoplasma and blastomyces, as well as HIV, osteomyelitis and other routine ID diagnoses.

Weekly Conferences

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Monday 8 a.m. Journal Club / Microbiology Conference
Wednesday 8 a.m. Research Conference
Wednesday 12 p.m. Fellows' Conference on ID Topics
Friday 7:30 a.m. Internal Medicine Grand Rounds
Friday 11 a.m. Clinical Infectious Disease Conference
 

General Program Schedule

The year is broken down into 13 four-week blocks. Each fellow maintains a half-day ID clinic each week. Fellows average 13 blocks of inpatient ID consultation over the two years.

In the first year, one block of microbiology and one block of infection prevention is completed. In the second year, one block of pediatric ID at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital and one block of antimicrobial stewardship are done. Infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship are done at the VA St. Louis Health Care System. Fellows also take turns in the Hepatitis C Clinic at the VA one half-day per week when they are not on the inpatient service.

Research Track

Fellows interested in a research track will do a total of three to four years with the extra blocks being spent on research time.

ID – Critical Care

Fellows have the option to do a combined fellowship with critical care (ID-CC), with the critical care year done after the two years of ID. The one-year critical care fellowship is at Mercy Hospital St. Louis.

Applicants interested in the combined ID-CC Fellowship need to notify the ID program director so necessary interviews can be done and application materials can be reviewed by the Mercy Critical Care Program as well. The Critical Care Fellowship is not done through the Match, and special arrangements will be made for applicants to meet both ID and Critical Care faculty.

Application Process

Applications for fellowship are accepted according to the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) schedule and should be submitted through the ERAS website More information for those applying for fellowships can be found at the AAMC website. Two fellows are selected each year.