Welcome from the Infectious Diseases Program Director

UMMC's David Riedel MDOn behalf of the Infectious Diseases faculty and fellows at the University of Maryland, I am pleased to welcome you to the Infectious Diseases Fellowship program website. The University of Maryland Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program is designed to train fellows to become leaders in Infectious Diseases.

Our primary objective is to provide each fellow with the knowledge and skills to achieve their personal and career goals. The large size of our ID Division is well-suited to help us accomplish that goal; the Division has more than 40 clinical faculty and over 70 total faculty members. The clinical faculty are also members of several world-renowned centers and institutes at the University of Maryland including the Institute of Human Virology (founded and directed by Dr. Gallo, co-discoverer of HIV), the Center for Vaccine Development, the Institute for Global Health, and the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. This diversity provides a wealth of experience, knowledge, and opportunities for our fellows.

While many infectious disease fellowship programs focus either on clinical medicine or research, we believe that both are critical components of an ID fellow's education. A strong clinical background is the foundation for understanding what aspects of a disease are important to study and for what crucial questions to ask. Similarly, even fellows who expect to pursue purely clinical careers will benefit from understanding the research process and how they can apply evidence in the literature to patient care.

We expect that all of our fellows will become expert ID clinicians. Our fellows are actively engaged clinically throughout their fellowship. The clinical experience afforded by our core and elective rotations is truly unmatched. UMMC is a large referral center that not only serves the entire state of Maryland but also receives patients from Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington DC, and West Virginia. Our ID faculty features expertise in clinical care of patients with transplant (solid organ and bone marrow/stem cell), cancer, and HIV, while still serving as the primary source of health care for residents of inner city Baltimore.

Research is an important aspect of our fellowship programs. We expect all fellows to participate in research during their fellowship; access to faculty with diverse research interests provides ample opportunities to pursue projects that appeal to each fellow. Having the IHV, CVD, and the Department of Epidemiology on campus provides a range of potential research opportunities for our fellows. However, we do not require fellows to lock into a research project on their interview day or before they even begin fellowship. Our philosophy has been to allow fellows the freedom to explore their interests here and then choose mentors and projects when they are ready.

Being based in Baltimore, we have a strong clinical and research focus on HIV and hepatitis C. The IHV clinical program manages more than 5,000 HIV-infected patients at two main clinics. Our fellows see and manage HIV-infected patients at every stage of disease from newly infected and diagnosed, to heavily treated with antiretroviral resistance, to severe AIDS complicated by opportunistic infections. Our VA alone has over 3,000 HCV-infected patients, and the IHV also has a large hepatitis C program. We have a strong clinical trials presence in both HIV and hepatitis C.

For those with an interest in global health, the University of Maryland has an impressive international program at the Center for International Health, Education, and Biosecurity (CIHEB) and the IGH. Fellows are welcome (and encouraged) to explore and participate in international experiences during their training years. 

We have designed our ID fellowship program to be flexible and accommodate the needs of each fellow. Most fellows complete the standard 2-year fellowship, but those interested in academic medicine, international HIV, vaccines, epidemiology, or other further specialization are able to craft an individualized extended training program (3-5 years). We are looking for motivated applicants who seek a challenging and rewarding fellowship experience, who will seize the opportunities available, and will grow and prosper as future colleagues in the field.

Please take the time to look through our entire website to appreciate all of the opportunities available at the University of Maryland. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to welcoming you to campus for a visit.

We believe that we have an outstanding Infectious Diseases training program and look forward to your application.

Sincerely,

David J. Riedel, M.D., M.P.H
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program