Infectious Diseases Fellowship International Experience
The University of Maryland has an extensive and growing international program that is predominantly based within the Institute of Human Virology Center for International Health, Education, and Biosecurity (CIHEB) and the Institute for Global Health. Both of these programs are known worldwide for their activities in their respective fields.
Infectious Diseases fellows at the University of Maryland have the opportunity to participate in these programs in a variety of ways. Fellows can obtain clinical experience in global health and the management of HIV and other infectious diseases in resource-limited settings, participate in international education programs, or participate in international research studies. Below is a brief description of the opportunities for fellows.
Institute of Human Virology
The Institute of Human Virology (IHV) Center for International Health, Education and Biosecurity (CIHEB) currently has programs in many countries:
Currently, our main international clinical experience for fellows is in Lusaka, Zambia, although opportunities in any IHV-supported countries are possible. We currently have three full-time faculty in Zambia that work closely with the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) which is the largest academic hospital in the country. UTH has one of the few ID fellowships in sub-Saharan Africa which is heavily supported by IHV CIHEB faculty. Rotating fellows have the opportunity to see ID consults at UTH, collaborate with Zambian physicians, work with faculty in the 3rd line ART clinic, and learn about managing healthcare programs in resource-limited settings.
Institute of Global Health
The Institute for Global Health has programs based in several countries:
We have a number of countries where fellows can travel to obtain clinical experience in a resource limited setting. As noted above, countries chosen are based on the experience available as well as the availability of faculty in country to supervise during the rotation.
We strongly encourage all fellows to take advantage of this opportunity, as we believe those fellows that have done clinical rotations internationally have returned with improved clinical and decision making skills.
Research projects are only limited by the individual fellow's imagination and the availability of an interested faculty mentor and, if needed, funding to accomplish the project. Largely, research projects are based in the countries where we have the strongest infrastructure in place.
Fellows have participated in projects in Nigeria, Zambia, Mali, Malawi, and Kenya among others. However, at the Institute of Human Virology, there is also the opportunity to ask and answer important operational research questions that involve multiple countries through our database based on our PEPFAR program over the past 10+ years.
The Institute of Human Virology has transitioned from an international program largely focused on technical assistance and care and treatment for HIV and other infectious diseases to developing medical education programs. This has been driven by what we learned over the past 10 years on the incredible needfor health care providers in resource-limited settings competent in the management of HIV and other infectious diseases as well as in general medicine.
To address this need, the IHV has been successful in developing pre- and post-graduate medical education programs in a number of countries including: Zambia, Haiti, Guyana, Rwanda, and Kenya. Our goal is to teach the future leaders in medicine in the countries where we develop these programs. These programs provide unique opportunities for University of Maryland fellows to teach, obtain clinical experience, and to collaborate on research projects.