The Infectious Diseases fellowship program at the University of Missouri has a long history of graduating outstanding clinical infectious disease specialists.
Graduates 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 program lasts two years (as specified by the ACGME and the ABIM), and 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 research. The training program is ultimately designed to provide opportunities for fellows to develop clinical competence in the field of infectious disease.
There are three fellows at any given time. We alternate between accepting two fellows and one fellow per year. We also offer a three-year combined Infectious Diseases/Critical Care fellowship each year in which fellows do two years of Infectious Diseases training followed by one year under the division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Environmental Medicine.
Applications are 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 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. 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 three months annually of protected time is given for this purpose. Fellows also will be expected to write up their projects in manuscript form and are 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, such as 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 Amanda Woods, fellowship coordinator for more information.