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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).

We are noteworthy for providing our trainees with a well-balanced clinical and research experience. The amount of knowledge and experienced gained from our nationally and internationally recognized faculty benefits our fellows and supplies them with the ability to handle various cases and challenges. There are opportunities to participate in clinical trials, research, antimicrobial stewardship, infection prevention. Our graduates are equipped with the expertise, skills, professional assurance, and versatility to provide expert subspecialty care.

Medical students and house staff from residency programs in internal medicine and pediatrics regularly rotate through our clinics. This affords our fellows with excellent teaching opportunities that also include participation in a variety of conferences.

Strengths of Infectious Disease Fellowship Program

  • Diverse and complex patient population
  • Faculty with experience in research, clinical, Ryan White, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Infection Prevention, and Veteran Affairs.
  • Large academic center designed for continuity of care.
  • Mentorship in Research, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Transplant, and Infection Prevention.
  • Resources to support fellow participation in local and national conferences
  • Free access to board review materials
  • Monthly departmental social events
  • Systems for incorporating fellow feedback

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 is Ryan White-funded, and provides care to a diverse population of people living with HIV.

Weekly Conferences

Date and Time Conference
Monday 8 a.m. Clinical ID Conference - 1st, 2nd, and 4th Monday
Journal Club - 3rd Monday 
Wednesday 8 a.m. Research Conference - 1st and 4th Wednesday
Immunology Review - 2nd Wednesday
Microbiology Conference - 3rd Wednesday
Wednesday 12 p.m. ID Board Review
Friday 7:30 a.m. Internal Medicine Grand Rounds

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. Options for 2nd year tracks tailored to each fellows’ interest

During the first-year ID fellows complete rotations in Microbiology at SLU Hospital and Infection Prevention at John Cochran VA. In the second-year rotations in Pediatrics at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital and Antimicrobial Stewardship at the Hepatitis C Clinic at John Cochran VA are completed. There are also outpatient clinics and HIV clinics throughout the two years our fellows are in the program.

Fellows are also presented with opportunities for mentorship in Antimicrobial Stewardship, Infection Prevention, Veterans Affairs, Ryan White and HIV.

Wellness Events

Faculty, Fellows, Staff, Students, and Residents can participate in fun social events in collaboration with various departments and divisions. In addition, retreats are available twice a year.

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.