Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology Fellowship Program

Infectious Diseases Fellows

Overview of the fellowship program

The goal of the Infectious Disease Fellowship Program at New York University Langone Medical Center is to provide outstanding training designed to cultivate leaders in the research, clinical care, and prevention of infectious disease. The program is a two-year mandatory experience with an encouraged additional year of training. Fellows participate in comprehensive clinical rotations, formal didactics, and mentored research at different stages of their training. During the first year, fellows provide supervised clinical consultation at three distinct sites that serve a broad diversity of patients: NYU Langone Medical Center, Bellevue Hospital Center, and the New York campus of the Veterans Affairs New York Harbor Healthcare System. Fellows maintain a continuity clinic throughout the fellowship focused on the outpatient management of HIV. During the second year, fellows choose from a variety of clinical, translational or basic science research opportunities to engage in mentored research. Fellows have the option of pursuing mentor-based or other intra or extramural support to extend research training.

Fellowship objectives

  1. Nurture an academic environment in which fellows can develop clinical and investigative skills in infectious diseases that will promote excellence as an ID specialist.
  2. Provide training, experiences, and professional development that will serve as the basis for successful careers in academic medicine, clinical practice, and infectious disease related public health fields.
  3. Provide the opportunity to observe and manage adult patients with a wide variety of infectious diseases on an inpatient and outpatient basis to ensure clinical expertise in the prevention, diagnosis and management of infectious disease.
  4. Maintain an environment that promotes learning on quality improvement, patient safety, collaboration with other health care professionals and improve systems directed toward providing patient centered care.
  5. Provide the opportunity for fellows to conduct rigorous, mentored research in the clinical, translational or basic science of infectious diseases that can lead to careers as independent, extramurally funded investigators.

Fellowship tracks

The program accepts four fellows per year. At the end of the first fellowship year each fellow will choose a track for their second year depending on their interests and career goals. Fellows may select either the Investigator track or Clinician/Clinician Educator track. All tracks confer board eligibility for Infectious Diseases and follow formats set forth by the Infectious Disease Society of America and American Board of Internal Medicine.

Clinician / Clinician Educator Track

The Clinician/Clinician Educator track is designed for trainees whose primary interests are in becoming leaders in clinical care of patients with infectious diseases; it is also ideal for those interested in careers encompassing a focus in medical education, public health policy or infectious disease prevention. This track consists of two years of training. After the first year of fellowship, Clinician/Clinician Educator fellows concentrate on additional clinical training to deepen their clinical acumen and medical education activities to build their teaching portfolio. Fellows may tailor their second year clinical exposures into various concentrations to meet their career goals. Examples of concentrations include hospital epidemiology, antimicrobial stewardship, HIV, viral hepatitis, transplant infectious diseases, or quality management. Fellows identify a mentorship team within their first year, and over the course of fellowship, complete a research project within their area of concentration. Fellows may also pursue electives, including the pulmonary tuberculosis clinic, Hansen’s Disease clinic, Bellevue PrEP clinic, bone and joint infections, and pediatric infectious disease. Clinician/Clinician Educator Track fellows gain their experience in teaching in the medical school and residency programs.   

Investigator Track

The Investigator Track is designed for trainees with a substantial background in basic or clinical research and whose career interests are in leading extramurally-funded research programs in infectious diseases. Applicants to these tracks are advised to identify potential mentors among the NYU infectious diseases core or affiliated faculty at the time of application.

Prospective applicants are welcome to contact the Program Director for advice in identifying potential mentors that align with their interests, prior to submitting a formal application to the fellowship training program. Fellows who intend to engage in basic science research will be provided training in laboratory and/or translational research providing a path toward a career as an independent investigator. Fellows who intend to engage in clinical investigation will focus on training in epidemiology, outcomes research, field studies, clinical trials, or other patient-based research to build a career as an independent clinical investigator.  Since a career as an investigator depends on support from peer-reviewed extramural sources, training in this track includes substantial guidance and support in obtaining extramural funding as well as in performing innovative research. During the first year, each Fellow will select a research mentor, and, working with that mentor, will plan their initial research project. After completing the clinical experience required for subspecialty board eligibility, Investigator Track fellows concentrate on mentored research. Fellows are encouraged to engage in advanced graduate-level course work appropriate to their research interests, such as advanced courses in microbial pathogenesis and immunology, human or population genetics, epidemiology, biostatistics and clinical research methods, available through the NYU Clinical and Translational Science Institute, or the NYU Center for Health Informatics and Bioinformatics. In addition to a primary mentor, fellows will have a faculty mentoring committee that meets with the individual fellow regularly during their research training to assist them with scientific and career development. Investigator Track fellows are encouraged to pursue a third year of training as an Advanced Research Fellow within the Infectious Diseases Division.  Funding for this year is obtained from a variety of sources, including the NYU Physician Scientist Training Program, other CTSI internal grants, foundation awards, mentor sources and ID Divisional support.