This ACGME-accredited program provides advanced training for physicians who wish to subspecialize in clinical microbiology. Comprehensive training is provided in bacteriology, antimicrobial testing, anaerobic bacteriology, molecular diagnostics, mycobacteriology, mycology, parasitology, serology and virology. Fellows actively participate in the diagnostic activities of these sections and participate in rounds and conferences of the Section and of the Infectious Diseases Services of the Departments of Medicine, Pediatrics and Infection Control.
Fellows are an active participant in management of the laboratories and consults with clinicians relative to use of the laboratory and interpretation of results. During the one-year fellowship (with an option for a second year), the trainee is expected to pursue a research project or projects. Research interests include enteric and anaerobic bacterial diseases, antimicrobial testing, infections in immunocompromised patients, fungi, Pneumocystis, free-living amoebae, rapid methods and instrumentation, and molecular diagnostics of infectious diseases. Molecular diagnostic methods include microbial identification by nucleic acid amplification including 16S rRNA gene sequencing and real-time PCR, peptide nucleic acid fluorescence in situ hybridization, molecular methods for detection of antimicrobial resistance, bacterial strain typing, HPV DNA-typing and viral load testing and genotyping of HIV and HCV.