Fellowship

Applications for the Division of Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program are accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). 

Division of Infectious Diseases
Department of Internal Medicine
MSC10-5550
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131
Phone: (505) 272-5666
Fax: (505) 272-4435

Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program

Program Director

Karla Thorton

Karla Thornton, MD

Internal Medicine
MSC10 5550
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Phone: (505) 272-5666

About the Fellowship

The Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program is currently accepting applications through the NRMP Match for two positions with a July 1, 2016 start date. Please submit your application via the ERAS website.

The goal of the Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center is to provide subspecialty training in infectious diseases of the highest caliber, to internists who will become board certified in infectious diseases and pursue highly productive careers in academic medicine, public health, clinical practice, or industry.

Training in epidemiology, population health and public health is available through the fully accredited Masters in Public Health (MPH) program in the School of Medicine. Fellows are encouraged to take formal courses through this program and may also apply for acceptance in the MPH program.

Each year, participation at national meetings is strongly encouraged and is financially supported by the Infectious Disease Department.

Based on Training Goals, Fellows Can Opt for One of the Following Tracks:

  • Clinician educator
  • Clinician investigator/scientist 
  • Global health track in development 

Fellows are assigned to either the clinical or investigator track. Fellows should meet with Dr. Samuel A. Lee (ID Fellowship Program Director) and Dr. Staci Lee (ID Fellowship Associate Program Director) before starting the fellowship or no later than a month after starting the fellowship in order to determine the training track and identify research mentors. Fellows in the investigator track should identify a graduate training committee, which must include at least one full-time member of the ID Division and at least two faculty members from the UNM HSC School of Medicine.

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Samuel Lee

Program Director

Samuel A. Lee MD, Ph.D

Internal Medicine
MSC10 5550
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Phone: (505) 272-5666

Applications are accepted through the "Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Applications are accepted through Oct. 15th for each match year.

A Dean’s Letter is required for all applicants and they should also identify three references and ask each to send a letter of recommendation through ERAS. Our program can only accept applicants that are U. S. Citizens, Permanent Residents and those with a J1 Visa status. HIB visas are not accepted.

Educational Activities

Infectious disease inpatient consult team rounds are conducted daily by separate teams at the University of New Mexico Hospital and the New Mexico Veterans Affairs Health Science Center. These rounds constitute a major part of the clinical teaching program. Approximately ten to thirty patients, distributed among all clinical services in both hospitals, are followed at any one time, and on the average, between one and five new consultations are received daily at each hospital. During the evening, one fellow is on call from home for both hospitals.

Fellows have averaged one weekend and five weeknights on call per month in recent years. During the inpatient clinical rotation, fellows attend weekly teaching rounds in the clinical microbiology laboratory at either TriCore Reference Laboratory (University Hospital Service) or the NMVHCS (VA Service).

ID Fellows attend one half-day outpatient continuity clinic weekly during their fellowship at either UNM Hospital or NMVHCS. In addition, fellows are assigned to attend an outpatient clinical month which includes rotations through the NM DOH Sexually Transmitted Diseases Clinic, the NM DOH Tuberculosis Clinic, the UNMH and NMVHCS Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy Clinics, the NMVHCS Travel Clinic, the NMVHCS Podiatry Wound Clinic, the UNMH Adult Cystic Fibrosis Clinic, the UNMH Renal Transplant Clinic, and the UNMH and NMVHCS General Infectious Diseases Consultation Clinics. Elective outpatient clinic experiences are available in the UNMH Pediatric ID clinic and Private Practice ID clinics.

Teaching conferences include weekly Clinical Case Conference (attended by ID faculty and fellows at which clinical problems from both hospitals are presented), weekly ID core curriculum conference (including journal club and research presentations), weekly HIV curriculum conference, weekly Internal Medicine Grand Rounds, and a monthly morbidity and mortality conference. A statewide ID clinical conference is held quarterly.

Conference

The Infectious Diseases Division holds teaching conferences each Thursday morning with the exception of holidays. Conferences are held in the Manzano Room, on the second floor of UNM Hospital.

  • ID Board Review is held the first Thursday of every month.
  • ID Journal Club is held the first Thursday of every month.
  • HIV Curriculum Conference is held every Thursday.
  • Clinical Case Conference is held every Thursday. Case presentations alternate weekly between the UNMH and NMVHCS ID consult series.
  • ID General Curriculum conference is held every Thursday.

Off-site Conferences

  • Project ECHO Telehealth HIV Clinics are held every Tuesday.
  • Microbiology “Plate Rounds” are held weekly on Wednesdays at TriCore Laboratories and NMVHCS Laboratory.
  • New Mexico IDSA Citywide Conferences are held quarterly in the evening at TriCore Laboratories.

Current Fellows

Yosuke Ebisu

Isam 
Mawas, MD

Anuj Malik

Mariam
Salas, MD

Talia Pindyck

Ryan
Urich, MD

Rosemary Garcia

Martha
Carvour, MD Ph.D

Cristina Vazquez Guillamet

Valeria
Ilieva, MD

Spotlight on Fellow Accomplishments

Marisa Miceli, MD 

Dr. Miceli graduated medical school from the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina. She completed her residency training in Internal Medicine (Hospital General Belgrano) and fellowship training in Infectious Diseases (CEMIC- University Hospital) followed by specific training in Infectious Diseases in Hematological Cancer patients (FUNDALEU) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Dr. Miceli spent several years conducting research on infectious complications in myeloma patients at the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She then completed her Internal Medicine Residency at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn-Michigan, Infectious Diseases Fellowship at the University of New Mexico, and Transplant Infectious Diseases Fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. During her Infectious Diseases fellowship at the University of New Mexico, Dr. Miceli joined the laboratory of Dr. Samuel Lee, where they studied translational aspects of Candida albicans biofilms Specifically, Dr. Miceli worked on a project to identify novel and repurposed agents for the treatment of Candida biofilms. This work resulted in several publications in peer reviewed journals, posters and an oral presentation and awards at national ID meetings. Dr. Miceli is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan. Her practice focuses on infectious complications in the immunocompromised host, including solid-organ and hematopoietic stem-cell transplant recipients. Her research interests includes the epidemiology and management of emerging opportunistic infections in the immunocompromised host with a particular interest in invasive fungal infections.

Grants and Awards

  • IDSA Fellow Travel Award
    45th Infectious Diseases Society of America Annual Meeting, Infectious Diseases Society of America, Philadelphia, PA, USA, October 2009.
  • ASR Travel Award
    23rd Meeting of the American Society for Rickettsiology, Hilton Head, SC, USA, August 2009.
  • Department of Internal Medicine Merit Award
  • Department of Medicine, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA, November 2008.

Publications

  • Miceli M, Bernardo SM, Lee SA. In vitro analyses of the combination of high dose doxycycline and antifungal agents against Candida albicans biofilms. Int J Antimicrobial Ag and Chemother 2009 Oct; 34:326-32.
  • Miceli M, Bernardo SM, Lee SA. In vitro analysis of the occurrence of a paradoxical effect with different echinocandins and Candida albicans biofilms. Int J Antimicrobial Ag and Chemother 2009 Nov; 345:500-2.
  • Miceli MH, Veryser AK, Anderson AD, Hofinger D, Lee SA, Tancik C. A case of person-to-person transmission of Q fever from an active duty serviceman to his spouse. Vector Borne and Zoonotic Dis 2010;10:539 – 41.
  • Miceli M, Diaz J, Lee SA. Emerging opportunistic yeast infections. Lancet Inf Dis 2011; 11:142 – 51.
  • Miceli M, Lee SA. Emerging moulds: epidemiologic trends and antifungal resistance. Mycoses 2011 Nov;54:e666 – 78.
  • Miceli M, Bernardo SM, Ku TS, Walraven C, Lee SA. In vitro effects of heparin and parabens on Candida albicans biofilms. Antimicrob Agents Chemother 2012;56:148 – 153.

Abstracts

  • Miceli M, Bernardo S, Lee S. In vitro analyses of the combination of high dose doxycycline and antifungal agents against Candida albicans biofilms. 19th Focus on Fungal Infections, Fort Myers, FL, March 2009.
  • Miceli M, Bernardo S, Lee S. In vitro analyses of echinocandins alone and in combination with doxycycline against Candida albicans biofilms. 19th Focus on Fungal Infections, Fort Myers, FL, March 2009.
  • Miceli MH, Veryser A, Anderson A, Hofinger D, Lee SA, Tancik C. A case of person-to-person transmission of Q fever from an active duty serviceman to his spouse. American Society of Rickettsiology Meeting, Hilton Head Island, SC, August 2009.
  • Miceli M, Bernardo S, Lee S. In vitro analyses of Heparin against Candida albicans biofilm. 45th Infectious Diseases Society of America Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, October 2009 (oral slide presentation).

Martha Carvour, MD, PhD

Dr. Carvour earned her BS degree in Microbiology at Iowa State University and her MD and PhD (Epidemiology) degrees in the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and College of Public Health. She subsequently completed her medical internship and residency in Internal Medicine as well as a post-doctoral clinical/research fellowship in Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX. She is now a fellow in the Infectious Diseases Research Track at the University of New Mexico. Her research interests include musculoskeletal infections, epidemiology, and health services research.

Honors and Awards

  • Nominee, Association of American Medical Colleges Community Service Recognition Award (’15)
  • University of Texas Southwestern Internal Medicine Junior Resident Teaching Excellence Award (’14)
  • University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine Teaching Distinction (’12)
  • University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine Distinguished Student Service Award (’12)
  • University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Outstanding Second-Year Medical Student Tutor Award (’10,‘11)
  • Clinical and Translational Science Award Fellowship (’09-’11)
  • EduTech Challenge Award, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine (’08)
  • Edward Heath Award for Research Presentation, University of Iowa Medical Student Research Day (’06)
  • Trainee, Medical Scientist Training Program (’06-‘12)
  • University of Iowa Medical Student Research Program Fellowship (’06)
  • Graduate with Honors and Distinction, Iowa State University (’04)

Publications

  • Carvour M, Harms J, Lynch C, Mayer R, Meier J, Liu D, Torner J. Differential survival for men and women with HIV/AIDS-related neurologic diagnoses. PLoS One, 2015. 10(6):e0123119.
  • Carvour M. Teaching critical appraisal of medical evidence. Virtual Mentor, 2013. 15(1): p 23-7
  • Carvour M, Song C, Kaul S, Anantharam V, Kanthasamy A, Kanthasamy A. Chronic low-dose oxidative stress induces caspase-3-dependent PKC proteolytic activation and apoptosis in a cell culture model of dopaminergic neurodegeneration. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 2008. 1139: p. 197-205.
  • Mitrofanova E, Unfer R, Vahanian N, Kane S, Carvour M, Link C. Effective growth arrest of human colon cancer in mice, using rat sodium iodide symporter and radioiodine therapy. Human Gene Therapy, 2005. 16(11): p. 1333-7.

Dissertation

  • Carvour M. Patterns and Predictors of Survival Following an HIV/AIDS-Related Neurologic Diagnosis. ProQuest, 2012.

Abstracts

  • Cutrell J, Maalouf N, Zhang S, Carvour M, Drechsler H, Tebas P, Bedimo R. 1602. Impact of IGF-1 and Sex Steroids on Bone Health in HIV- and HCV-Infected US Male Veterans. Infectious Diseases Society of America, ID Week Poster Abstract Session, 2014.
  • Mitrofanova E, Unfer R, Carvour M, Thrall M, Higginbotham J, Seth P, Link C. 132. Increased GFP Gene Delivery to Human Prostate Cancer Cells Using Trancomplementing Adenoviral Vectors. Mol Ther, 2006. 13(S1): p. S53-S54.

Book Reviews

  • Carvour M. Review of How to Read a Paper: The Basics of Evidence-Based Medicine, 4th Edition. Doody's Review Service (on-line). Available: http://www.doody.com
  • Carvour M. Review of Teaching Epidemiology. Doody's Review Service (on-line). Available: http://www.doody.com
  • Carvour M. Review of Evidence-Based Diagnosis. Doody's Review Service (on-line). Available: http://www.doody.com