Department of Medicine

Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program

Montefiore-Einstein Infectious Diseases Fellows receive a broad and comprehensive two-year clinical and research training experience, with an optional third-year intensive research opportunity for those interested in pursuing a career dedicated to clinical, translational or laboratory research. Fellows see cases across all areas of infectious disease, including HIV, hepatitis C, transplant infections, multidrug-resistant infections, tropical medicine and more.

Priya Nori, MD, Director, Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program

Why our program could be right for you

The Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program prepares fellows for successful careers as scientific investigators, attending physicians and private practitioners. During first-year clinical training, each fellow performs more than 600 inpatient consultations, gaining clinical experience across the spectrum of infectious diseases, from community-acquired and nosocomial infections to HIV/AIDS, as well as with complications of transplantations and malignancies, infections from multidrug-resistant organisms, pediatric infectious diseases, travel medicine and global health. 

Rachel Bartash, MD, Director, Stewardship in the Compromised Host

 

During the research and professional-development years, fellows participate in at least one intensive clinical, translational or basic science research project. Here, our dedicated faculty mentors perform cutting-edge research and bring fellows on board for outstanding training opportunities. Fellows also have the opportunity to undertake additional projects in quality improvement, medical education and other areas of interest. 

We encourage fellows who are pursuing a career in intensive research to stay for at least three years of fellowship, so they can take on an intensive investigative project with an experienced research mentor and/or NIH-funded investigator. During these later years of fellowship, fellows train with a supportive faculty to strengthen their skills in research methods, study design, IRB navigation and critical appraisal of literature.

Our program welcomes individuals who are passionate about infectious diseases and who will contribute to the field in all possible ways.

Liise-anne Pirofski, MD

Chief, Infectious Diseases

A world-renowned faculty

Liise-anne Pirofski, MD

Chief, Infectious Diseases
Mitrani Chair, Biomedical Research

Priya Nori, MD

Director, Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program
Medical Director, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP)
Medical Director, Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy (OPAT) Program
Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases
Assistant Professor, Orthopedic Surgery

Rachel Bartash, MD

Director, Stewardship in the Compromised Host
Director, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP)
Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases

Marla Keller, MD

Vice Chair, Research, Medicine
Associate Director, Block Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
Professor, Infectious Diseases
Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women’s Health

Barry Zingman, MD

Clinical Director, Infectious Diseases Services & Center for Positive Living, Moses Campus
Professor, Infectious Diseases

A challenging and innovative curriculum

Montefiore-Einstein’s Infectious Diseases Fellowship is one of the largest fellowships of its kind in the United States. This two-year program is a clinical and research training experience at its core, and is enriched by an abundance of cases in all areas of infectious diseases, including HIV, hepatitis C, transplant infections, multidrug resistant infections, tropical medicine and others. While training, all first- and second-year fellows participate in ambulatory care, grand rounds presentations and assisting on our Antibiotic Stewardship Program. A third-year intensive research opportunity is available to eligible fellows wishing to pursue a career dedicated to clinical, translational or laboratory research, under the mentorship of a funded investigator on faculty at Montefiore-Einstein.

Ambulatory care

All first- and second-year fellows attend a year-round, once-weekly HIV continuity clinic at Montefiore-Einstein’s Center for Positive Living/ID Clinic or Jacobi Medical Center’s Adult Comprehensive Services Clinic. Under the supervision of a faculty member, fellows follow their own HIV patients and occasionally consult on outpatients with other infectious disease problems. For first-year fellows, the clinic session is preceded by a didactic lecture by the preceptor. The clinic experience is optional for third-year fellows, but most elect to continue it.

Working under the guidance of Dr. Christina Coyle, fellows on the Microbiology Laboratory rotation spend a half-day each week for two-to-four-week blocks in the Parasitology Clinic at Jacobi Medical Center. Here, fellows see patients with confirmed or probable parasitic diseases or other travel-related infections, and are given didactic sessions on related topics by faculty members with national reputations. 

Second-year fellows have the option of rotating in the Outpatient Antimicrobial Therapy (OPAT) Clinic, precepted by a faculty member, in order to gain more experience with outpatient infectious disease.

Grand rounds presentations

Infectious Diseases faculty and fellows come together weekly at grand rounds, where fellows present interesting cases and relevant literature reviews. Grand rounds are also presented by invited speakers who are prominent members of the infectious diseases research community. On average, first-year fellows give about 10 case presentations. Second- and third-year fellows present journal club articles and final research seminars.  

Antimicrobial Stewardship Track

First- and second-year fellows work closely with the physicians and pharmacists as part of a hands-on, multidisciplinary Antibiotic Stewardship Program, which takes place across our Moses, Einstein and Wakefield Campuses. By their involvement in day-to-day policies of antibiotic restriction, tailored antibiotic prescribing and critical pathways, fellows are well-prepared to implement and build stewardship programs following their fellowships.

Year one curriculum

Montefiore-Einstein’s Infectious Diseases Fellowship is one of the largest fellowships of its kind in the United States, and incorporates a two-year clinical and research training experience at its core. The first year focuses on clinical training, where fellows perform more than 600 inpatient consultations and gain experience across the spectrum of infectious diseases. The second year is more research intensive, giving our fellows the opportunity to participate in at least one clinical, translational or basic science research project while also training in biostatistics and quality-improvement methodologies. Fellows who are interested in pursuing a career in intensive research are encouraged to stay on for a third year to take on an investigative research project under the mentorship of our faculty.

Clinical training

As part of their clinical training, each fellow performs more than 600 inpatient consultations in the first year of fellowship. Experienced infectious disease pharmacists work closely with our faculty-fellow teams, often rounding with them to assist in drug dosing, PK/PD, extended infusion dosing, therapeutic drug monitoring and the procurement of non-formulary agents. Consultations take place at Moses Campus, Moses Division Immunocompromised Host and Transplant Service, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, Einstein Campus and Wakefield Campus.

Microbiology Laboratory

Four weeks of the first year are spent in the diagnostic Microbiology Laboratory and Virology Laboratory at Montefiore-Einstein, where bacteriology, mycobacteriology, mycology, serology, special drug testing and virology are all reviewed. This rotation also allows for a weekly session in the Parasitology Clinic at Jacobi Medical Center.

Working in New York City, we care for populations with infectious diseases from all over the world, like tuberculosis, parasitic infections and sexually transmitted infections.

Priya Nori, MD

Director, Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program

Year two curriculum and beyond

The second year of our Infectious Diseases Fellowship is more research-intensive, giving our fellows the opportunity to participate in at least one clinical, translational or basic science research project while also training in biostatistics and quality-improvement methodologies. Fellows who are interested in pursuing a career in intensive research are encouraged to stay on for a third year to take on an investigative research project under the mentorship of our faculty. Our fellows have gone on to succeed in basic science, clinical research, clinical practice and medical education.

Learning and development opportunities

Second-year fellows continue their attendance at weekly grand rounds and are provided additional educational opportunities, including a Fundamentals of Data Management and Biostatistics course and an Infectious Diseases Board Review course. Second-year fellows also participate in training in infection control and prevention, presentation at grand rounds, laboratory instruction of second-year medical students in our Infectious Diseases Microbiology course and completion of Montefiore-Einstein’s two-year Clinical Research Training Program. Infectious Diseases Fellows doing research at the medical school may also attend the departmental research seminars, which are held almost daily.

Mentoring

Fellows on research time are followed closely by their faculty mentors, generally with intensive weekly meetings.

Electives

Electives in diagnostic microbiology and infections in transplantation recipients and other immunocompromised hosts are available to fellows.

Areas of investigation

Montefiore-Einstein’s research tracks provide specialized research and training opportunities, individually tailored to the interests and needs of each fellow. Prospective fellows are encouraged to investigate potential mentors and take advantage of the opportunity to meet them during interview day.

Global Health and Tropical Medicine Track

Our Global Health and Tropical Medicine Track provides fellows with a wealth of innovative opportunities to participate in clinical and basic research and to work with leaders in educational, clinical and research endeavors in these areas. Read more.

HIV Track

The HIV Track at Montefiore-Einstein offers fellows ample opportunities in clinical and basic HIV research. Fellows also have opportunities to develop clinical expertise, allowing them to graduate as a highly qualified HIV specialist. Read more

Hospital Epidemiology and Antimicrobial Stewardship Program

Our Hospital Epidemiology and Antimicrobial Stewardship Program trains fellows pursuing research projects in these areas with educational and practical evidence-based training in antimicrobial stewardship and provides them with the opportunity to participate in research projects in a high-volume clinical setting. Read more.

Pathogenesis Track

Our Pathogenesis Track provides unparalleled opportunities for fellows to participate in translational and basic research. Fellows work alongside faculty who are leaders in studies of host-pathogen interactions, vaccine and drug development, susceptibility and resistance to infectious diseases, novel approaches to the treatment of infectious diseases and innovative approaches to understanding microbial virulence. Read more.

Women’s Health Track

Fellows on our Women’s Health Track have the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge epidemiological, clinical and translational studies in women’s health. Read more.

Immunocompromised Patient and Transplant Track

As part of our Immunocompromised Patient and Transplant Track, fellows learn how to diagnose and treat complex infectious issues found within Montefiore-Einstein’s large immunocompromised patient population. Collaborating closely with our transplant teams, fellows have the opportunity to deliver optimal medical care, as well as opportunities for research.

Faculty and scientists at the forefront of research

Fellowship Application Information

We’re seeking fellows who will shape the future of healthcare.

If you would like to apply to become an Infectious Diseases Fellow at Montefiore-Einstein, here is some information to keep in mind.

  • June 8, 2020—ERAS applications open to candidates
  • August 12, 2020—ERAS applications open to fellowship programs
  • September 30, 2020—Rank order list opens
  • November 18, 2020—Rank order list deadline
  • December 2, 2020—Match results announced

Montefiore-Einstein recognizes that having a diverse and inclusive institution is critical to success, and we reaffirm our fervent commitment to fostering a culture in which diversity is a central tenet.
 

Have questions? Get in touch.

Priya Nori, MD
Director, Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program
pnori@montefiore.org

Ana Capellan
Coordinator, Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program
acapella@montefiore.org

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