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

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, while fostering an environment of curiosity, continual learning, and a desire to improve the health of patients and the community at large.
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.

Our program supports the following tracks:  Clinician educator

Accepting Applicants!

Our program is ACGME accredited and participates annually in the NRMP Match. We accept 2 fellows every year.
Fellowship applicants interested in our program are required to provide a Dean’s Letter with their application. Candidates should also provide three additional letters of recommendation through ERAS, with at least one from an infectious diseases provider. 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.
We occasionally accept foreign medical graduate applicants who have not yet completed an ACGME internal medicine residency on a case by case basis. Please email Dr. N Mariam Salas (masalas@salud.unm.edu) for details.
See the "Apply" tab to the left. We look forward to reviewing your application!

Fellowship Overview

The Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program at the University of New Mexichas been in existence for greater than 30 years. We are proud treport a 100% board passing rate over the last 5 years.

The breakdown of our 24 month curriculum includes:

  • 14 months of inpatient consults
  • 10 months of electives (including up t5 months of research)

We have developed a diverse and flexible curriculum which meets ACGME requirements while being tailored tmeet the needs and interests of our fellows.

Inpatient Service:

The infectious disease inpatient consult rotations are divided between the University of New MexicHospital and the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center. Fellows lead rounds on teaching services in both hospitals. Our fellowship focuses on balancing service vs education and pays meticulous attention tduty hours, with limitations on the number of new consults and note writing. Meanwhile fellows will experience diverse and exciting pathology, ranging from complicated post surgical infections, texotic imported tropical diseases. Fellows will be on call an average of 1 in 4 weekends.

Elective Rotations:

These include, but are not limited to:

  • Outpatient Infectious Diseases Clinics (OPAT, TB, STI, HIV, Renal Transplant, etc)
  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Hospital Epidemiology
  • Hepatitis C
  • Project ECHO Infectious Disease Clinics
  • Allergy and Immunology
  • Podiatry and Wound Care (VA)

ID Fellows attend one half-day outpatient HIV continuity clinic weekly during their fellowship at either UNM Hospital or the VA. During elective rotations, fellows attend an additional half day per week of an infectious disease clinic of their interest (see list above). Fellows will be ready for independent practice in HIV primary care by the end of fellowship.

Educational Conferences:

Weekly Educational Conferences include:

  • Clinical Case Conference
  • ID Core Curriculum Conference (including journal club and research presentations)
  • HIV teleECHO Conference
  • Internal Medicine Grand Rounds

Monthly Conferences include:

  • Internal Medicine Morbidity and Mortality
  • Indian Country Hepatitis C teleECHO Conference

Supplemental Curricula include:

  • Wellness
  • Educational development
  • Professionalism
  • QI/Patient Safety

Research:

Please see the "Research" tab to the left for an overview of the active research ongoing in the division of Infectious Diseases!

Welcome Fellows of FY 20! 

Timothy Noonan, DO
Timothy Noonan, DO
Internal Medicine Freeman Health System
Joplin, MO

 

Peter Tran, MD
Peter Tran, MD
Internal Medicine Trihealth Good Samaritan Hospital
Cincinnati, OH

Spotlight on Fellow Accomplishments (FY 19)

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