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Infectious Diseases Fellowships

Mission Statement

The primary mission of our 2-year fellowship training program is to provide advanced educational opportunities in infectious diseases. Our program, within the guidelines established by the ACGME, trains fellows to become familiar with the presentation, natural history, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases through outpatient and inpatient care, divisional and departmental conferences, participation in research, and independent learning. Graduates of our training program are fully prepared to enter independent clinical and academic practice.

Overview of Educational Program

The Infectious Disease Fellowship program at the University of Missouri-Columbia has a long history of graduating outstanding clinical Infectious Disease Specialists. Graduates of our training program are in private practice and academic programs throughout the country. Our program has been structured to meet ACGME requirements which state: "The educational program in infectious disease must be organized to provide training and experience at a sufficient level for the fellow to acquire the competency of a specialist in the field".

The fellowship program is 2 years in duration (as specified by the ACGME and the ABIM). As per ACGME requirements, a minimum of 12 months of clinical experiences is required. The other 12 months of training is dedicated to elective fields of clinical training and to research. The training program is ultimately designed to provide opportunities for fellows to develop clinical competence in the field of infectious disease.

On an average, 1 to 2 fellows per year are accepted. We currently have three fellows. Applications for University of Missouri - Columbia Infectious Disease Fellowship positions beginning in 2007, will be accepted through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS). We also participate in the NRMP match.

The two-year program is divided into 26 four-week blocks. A major focus is on inpatient consultations from all medical and surgical disciplines at the three major facilities. Outpatient experience is also provided at the University Hospital in a general infectious diseases clinic, an HIV clinic, at the City-County STD clinic and the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital general infectious diseases clinic.

As with most subspecialty training programs, teaching and management rounds are combined in our fellowship program. Rounds are patient-based, in which current cases are presented as a basis for discussion of such points as interpretation of clinical data, differential diagnosis, specific management of the patient, the appropriate use of technology, the incorporation of evidence and patient values in clinical decision making, and disease prevention.

All fellows are also expected to participate in research (clinical, translational, or basic) during their fellowship, under the direction of a faculty mentor. At least 3 months annually of protected time is given for this purpose. Fellows will also be expected to write up their projects in manuscript form, and encouraged to submit it for publication to a peer-review journal.

The Infectious Disease Division has a variety of educational conferences that fellows attend and participate in (e.g. Case Conference, Didactic Conference and Journal Club). During their training, fellows also attend one or more national meetings and conferences that supplement their educational experience.

If you are interested please contact Helen Cook, Fellowship Coordinator for more information.

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