Overview of Fellowship Training
Section Chief: Jerrold J. Ellner, MD
Program Director: Tamar F. Barlam, MD, MSc
Associate Program Director for Research: Lee Wetzler, MD
Chief of Infectious Disease, VA Boston Healthcare System: Kalpana Gupta, MD
The Section of Infectious Diseases at the Boston University School of Medicine includes staff located at Boston Medical Center (BMC, formerly Boston City Hospital and Boston University Hospital) and the VA Boston Healthcare System (VABHS).
We offer a rich Clinical Training Experience where the fellow can see a wide variety of different infectious diseases in diverse populations. The fellow begins the first year with a four-week rotation in the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory learning basic microbiologic techniques. A didactic curriculum focusing on antimicrobial agents is also provided during this time. After completion of the microbiology training, the majority of the first year is spent as a consultant, providing services for inpatients at the participating teaching hospitals, BMC, and the VABHS. For more information, please see Clinical Rotations and Facility Descriptions
The fellow’s longitudinal ambulatory care experience, which commences in the first month of training, consists of a weekly half-day clinic in the Center for Infectious Diseases (CID) at BMC and/or the HIV Clinic at the VABHS. There is also the opportunity to complete rotations in other clinics, such as the International Health Clinic and the Sexually Transmitted Diseases Clinic. Please see the Ambulatory Training Experience for more information.
During the first year, the fellow who have not yet identified a research mentor will review their research options with the help of the Associate Program Director for Research. They will match with a faculty preceptor whose ongoing research most closely coincides with the fellow’s interests. In addition to working closely with their mentor, each fellow is assigned a research oversight committee to oversee their progress.
Although the major focus of the second year of training is on research, the fellow will have some clinical responsibilities including their longitudinal ambulatory clinic, rotations on the inpatient consultation services and the transplant service at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Trainees who stay for an additional year in our Hospital Epidemiology and Antimicrobial Stewardship Track will have only minimal clinical duties and can focus on their infection control program. Fellows who pursue an additional year of research via training or other grants will have no clinical duties.
Research Training Experience: It is our goal that at the end of the fellowship, fellows interested in a research career will have the education and experience to continue as an independent investigator. Our research training is focused in four areas of concentration – HIV and Hepatitis C, Hospital Epidemiology and Antimicrobial Stewardship, Global Health and Tuberculosis, and Bacterial Pathogenesis and Immunology. Please explore each specific concentration for more information.
A regular schedule of weekly clinical and research conferences is held at each teaching hospital. You can find more detailed information about BMC-based educational conferences at Our Conferences.
Fellows actively participate in teaching students and house staff who rotate through the clinical services. In addition, fellows beyond their first year of training may be involved in the teaching of microbiology to second-year medical students.
Salary support is guaranteed for two years of training. Funding for additional years of training is derived from research grants, training grants, and institutional sources. Fellows will also be encouraged to seek grant funding during this time. Funding for the third year of the Hospital Epidemiology and Antimicrobial Stewardship Track is pursued through VA training resources. Education at the BUSPH will be supported for those enrolling in an MSc program within a training grant. Benefits include four weeks of paid vacation and individual health insurance.