Fellowship Curriculum

Education Program-Basic Curriculum

The Infectious Diseases Fellowship Training Program is a 2 year program.  It begins with one year of intensive clinical training provided at the four major university-affiliated hospitals:  University of Colorado Hospital, Denver Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center, Denver Health Hospital Authority, and National Jewish Health. Fellows receive formal instruction in Clinical Microbiology, Transplant Infectious Diseases, Public Health and Infection Control.  Outpatient responsibilities occur throughout the year and include Infectious Diseases Clinics (HIV Primary Care), Travel Medicine, TB control, Sexually Transmitted Diseases and ambulatory experiences in managing transplant infections and mycobacterial diseases.  Fellows are supervised throughout all clinical rotations by faculty members who serve as attending physicians.  There are no procedural requirements beyond those learned during an Internal Medicine Residency. During their first year, Fellows are required to pick a research topic, as well as a mentor. The mentor chosen may be any member of the Infectious Diseases Division, or an affiliate faculty member in a basic science department of the University of Colorado School of Medicine. A research proposal will then be submitted to their research committee to gain feedback. 

Following the clinical year, fellows begin a training track most compatible with their interests.  Three training tracks available are:  Clinician, Clinical Investigator, or Research Scientist.  The Clinician Track (1 additional year), is designed to meet the educational needs of a subspecialist who will be primarily involved in patient care.  In addition to a research project, fellows receive advanced training in HIV Medicine, Transplant Infectious Diseases, Antibiotic Control, and Infection Control.  The Clinical Investigator Track (2-3 additional years) provides a research opportunity involving patients, and may involve a laboratory project, epidemiology, biostatistics, pharmacology training, etc.  The Research Scientist Track (3-4 additional years), consists of investigative work in the basic sciences.   Each track is designed to complete all ACGME requirements of the training program within the first two years.  Fellows in the second year of fellowship continue their one-half day continuity clinic and will complete the remaining 4-8 weeks of inpatient clinical duties in 2 week blocks that were not completed in the 1st year due to research time, educational leave, and other educational opportunities.  Senior fellows also participate in teaching activities of the Division for the medical school microbiology course and division teaching lectures.

Trainees are required to attend weekly Case Conferences (replaced quarterly with first year fellow M & M presentations), Infectious Diseases Grand Rounds, Research in Progress, and a Lecture Series. Journal Club is held monthly. Fellows in the 2nd year of training must also attend a weekly research conference (pertinent to their scholarly activity).  All fellows attend a 4-day course in Mycobacterial Diseases, and 9 hours of instruction in Infection Control. During the 2nd year, fellows attend national scientific meetings and courses.

Continuity Clinic Experience

All fellows are assigned a continuity clinic at either UCH, VA or DH and see a panel of patients for a half day each Tuesday. This clinic provides continuity care for a panel of HIV patients, general ID outpatient consultation, and hospital follow up visits. Fellows will maintain the same clinic for the duration of their fellowship.