Infectious Diseases Fellowship FAQs
There is NO in-house call for our fellows in any of their years of training! Very infrequently (once or twice per year in the entire program), a fellow may be called in from home to see an acutely ill patient (often a patient with malaria), but no one spends the night in the hospital.
Yes! Fellows are encouraged to submit their work to conferences. Travel funding preference is given to those fellows with accepted cases, posters, or presentations.
We have a 100% pass rate dating back more than a decade!
Yes! For fellows with an identified research project and mentor, the fellow and the program director can adjust the clinical schedule accordingly to allow the necessary amount of time free of clinical rotations. Longitudinal/continuity care clinic must be continued during this time, in accordance with ACGME guidelines.
Fellows who have been productive in such an experience and who require or wish additional time in clinical or basic science research have the option of extending their fellowship to accomplish their goals.
Fellows have 3 weeks of vacation annually.
Mentors are chosen by the fellow based on their interests and career trajectories. Most fellow-faculty mentorships occur naturally through the course of the first year, as research questions arise on the consult services.
Program leadership also meets with each fellow in the first year to help them identify possible research interests and suggest well-matched faculty mentors for the fellow to contact. Following the choice of a mentor, a fellow will work with the mentor to develop a realistic project with achievable timelines.
The University of Maryland Department of Epidemiology offers a Master of Science in Clinical Research as well as a Master of Public Health degree.
Due to the course requirements of these degrees, fellows who choose to pursue one of these degrees should plan to do the degree coursework during a third year of fellowship. Funding is not guaranteed but in the past, most fellows have been able to secure funding through a combination of their research mentor and/or tuition remission.
Fellows are permitted to moonlight after written approval is obtained by the program leadership. There are often moonlighting opportunities on the internal medicine non-teaching services.
Moonlighting should never interfere with the clinical duties and learning in the fellowship. Restrictions on duty hours and the amount of moonlighting allowed per rotation apply.
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