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

Program Tracks

Infectious Diseases Fellowship: Clinician Educator Track

Fellows in the clinical track complete a two-year clinical fellowship, of which at least 18 months is devoted to clinical training. This includes approximately 15 months of inpatient consultation on the adult infectious diseases service (divided equally between UNM Hospital and NMVHCS, and one month each on clinical microbiology and hospital epidemiology rotations).

Outpatient clinical opportunities include an ambulatory care month with rotations through 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. Each clinical fellow is assigned a two-year HIV continuity clinic. Elective outpatient clinical opportunities include UNM Pediatric ID clinic and Private Practice ID clinic.

Elective inpatient clinical opportunities include UNM Hospital Pediatric ID consult rotations, UNM Hospital and NMVHCS Antimicrobial Stewardship rotation, and the opportunity to spend one month with the transplant ID service at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texas.

During the remaining months, clinical track fellows are expected to pursue scholarly activity. Examples of the latter include investigation of nosocomial infections, chart reviews or case reports with a review of the literature, and participation in clinical research studies.

Infectious Diseases Fellowship: Investigator Track

Transfer from the clinical track to the investigator track requires application. Fellows who wish to enter the investigator track will be given the opportunity to front-load their schedule with research months. By the end of their ninth month in the program, they must develop, present and submit a formal research proposal for approval by all ID faculty. The proposal must identify each of the following:

  • A formal research plan that warrants the additional 4 months of protected time awarded to a research fellow (totaling 10 months).
  • A plan for mentored research, advanced degree work (MPH/PhD) or CDC fellowship following the initial 2-year fellowship.
  • Long-term career goals as an investigator.

If a fellow is accepted into the research track, they will be given a total of 10 months of research, 12 months on the inpatient consult service and one month each on clinical microbiology and hospital epidemiology rotations. Electives (such as MD Anderson, wound care, pediatrics and ambulatory ID) are only available in exchange for research months. Monthly progress of the research fellow must be reported to the general ID faculty by the fellow’s mentor at the monthly faculty meeting. If fellows are not meeting benchmarks, they may be removed from the investigator track at the discretion of the general ID Faculty.

Fellows in the investigator track are encouraged to apply, with their mentor, for research support in order to continue their research training after completion of the 2-year fellowship. Funding may be sought from the NIH (K23), VA (Career Development Award) or from private foundations such as the CF Foundation. Alternatively, trainees may be eligible for funding through institutional training awards, which include the Infectious Diseases and Inflammation T32 training award (for US citizens and residents) and one of two Fogarty International Center training grants (for international trainees).

Research Opportunities for UNM ID Fellows

Trainees in the clinical track should choose a research mentor in the ID division. Trainees in the investigator track may choose a primary research mentor either within the ID division or from a related department such as Molecular Genetics and Microbiology(MGM) or Pathology. Information about individual faculty members is available at the ID Division or Departmental web sites, and individual faculty profiles are also available.

Research Themes

There are several research themes within the ID division. The largest is the program in Global Health, which is co-directed by Drs. DJ Perkins and Ravi Durvasula. Research interests include the interaction of malaria, HIV and severe anemia in children in Kenya (Dr. DJ Perkins); a paratransgenic approach to prevention of Chagas disease and visceral leishmaniasis (Dr. Ravi Durvasula); ecology, epidemiology and treatment of hantavirus cardiopulmonary syndrome in Chile and Panama (Dr. Greg Mertz); and treatment of tuberculosis (Dr. Marcos Burgos). Opportunities for international research experience include sites in Bolivia, Chile, India, Kenya, Panama and Peru.

A second major theme is in pathogenesis and molecular epidemiology. Dr. Samuel Lee studies the molecular pathogenesis of invasive candidiasis and investigates translational aspects of Candida infection, including novel and repurposed agents against Candida biofilms and antifungal lock therapy. Dr. Thomas Byrd’s research is focused on host defense against intracellular bacterial pathogens, including Mycobacterium tuberculosis and M. abscessus, and Dr. Marcos Burgos is actively involved in studies of the molecular epidemiology of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in New Mexico.

Several ID faculty members also participate in the Infectious Diseases and Inflammation Program (IDIP), and the VA Center for Excellence in Cellular and Molecular Medicine (which is currently comprised of the nine physician-scientists in the new building 10 at the VA).

Finally, several division members are involved in outcomes research. Areas of interest include Hepatitis C treatment and outcomes in rural areas through Project ECHO (Dr. Karla Thornton), evaluating quality of care and other outcomes in the outpatient antibiotic treatment setting and Project ECHO HIV Clinic (Dr. Michelle Iandiorio), antimicrobial stewardship and implementation of guidelines for control of MRSA in healthcare settings (Dr. Susan Kellie).

Infectious Diseases Fellowship: Physician Scientist Track

Fellows who wish to enter the investigator track will be given the opportunity to front-load their schedule with clinical months. Up to 10 months of uninterrupted research time will be allotted in the second year. The remaining rotations will be distributed between clinical services at UNM and VA hospitals and also clinical microbiology and antibiotic stewardship. Early in the fellowship, one or more mentors within the ID division or other departments will be identified to allow for timely development of a research project before second year of fellowship.

Fellows in the investigator track are encouraged to apply, with support from their mentor, for research funding in order to continue their research training after completion of the 2-year fellowship. Funding may be sought from the NIH (F32), VA (Career Development Award) or from private foundations such as HHMI, Burroughs Wellcome, and the CF Foundation. Alternatively, trainees may be eligible for funding through institutional training awards, which include the Infectious Diseases and Inflammation T32 training award (for US citizens and residents) and one of two Fogarty International Center training grants (for training at international sites).

Multiple research opportunities are available (please see research tab and faculty profiles for detailed information) and we take great pride in our fellows’ research and scholarly accomplishments.