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
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

We thank you for your interest in the UNM Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program. 

We offer a 2-year fellowship in clinical infectious diseases. Please contact Dr. N Mariam Salas (masalas@salud.unm.edu) for more information.

The goal of the Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program at the University of New Mexico 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 Division.

More Information Regarding the Infectious Disease Clinician Educator Program:  Clinician educator

Apply Now

Apply soon - Deadline for ERAS Application to this program is August 30.

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.

Current Fellows

  • Martha Carvour, MD Ph.D

Spotlight on Fellow Accomplishments

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)


  • 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.


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


  • 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