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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Division of Infectious Diseases

Division of Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program

Fellowship Description

The infectious diseases fellowship in the Department of Medicine at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine offers training and research opportunities to physicians who wish to specialize in infectious diseases. Our clinical fellowship is an ACGME-accredited program that combines clinical and research experiences.


Year One: Clinical Training

Consultations are provided for all clinical services at:

  • Kings County Hospital Center
  • University Hospital of Brooklyn
  • Brooklyn Veteran's Administration Hospital
  • Long Island College Hospital
  • Brookdale Hospital Medical Center

Fellows will experience a wide range of cases including but not limited to endocarditis, pneumonia, meningitis, tuberculosis, hospital acquired infections, tick-borne illnesses, tropical diseases (ie. malaria, strongyloides, dengue fever, and neurocysticercosis), antimicrobial resistance (ESBL, Amp-C, and carbapenemase producing enterobacteriaceae), and complications of HIV/AIDS (PML, Kaposi's sarcoma, CMV, CNS Toxoplasmosis, and IRIS).

First-year fellows:

  • Manage the antibiotic stewardship program
  • Attend half-day HIV continuity clinic per week
  • Participate in weekly lectures, research conference, case conference, and monthly journal club
  • Learn microbiological techniques in the laboratory throughout their monthly clinical rotations
  • Contribute to the weekly half day Hepatitis C clinic during the Brooklyn VA rotation
  • One month vacation

Year Two: Research And Advanced Clinical Training

Second-year fellows have at least 6 months of dedicated research time under a mentor in the Infectious Diseases Division. Research project opportunities may include laboratory research, retrospective chart reviews, and/or clinical trials. Prior research projects have included hospital epidemiology, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS, multi-drug resistant bacteria, and mechanisms of antibiotic resistance.

Other activities:

  • Supervise a first-year fellow on inpatient consultation service for one month under the guidance of a faculty member
  • Inpatient Pediatric Infectious Diseases consultation service for one month
  • Kings County Hospital Center Sexually Transmitted Diseases Clinic for one weekly clinic session
  • Continue with HIV clinic (same as Year One)
  • One month at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (Bone Marrow Transplant and complex oncology)
  • Compensated attendance at national conferences
  • Participate in weekly lectures, research conference, case conference, and monthly journal club
  • Gain experience in monthly Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee Meeting and also Infection Control
  • Enjoy one month vacation

Apply To Our Fellowship Program

We participate in ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service). You can go online to their website at www.aamc.org/eras. We also participate in the NRMP (National Residency Matching Program) for Subspecialty Fellows. Their website is www.nrmp.org.

  • We require three letters of recommendation, one letter should come from your Internal Medicine Residency Program Director
  • Letters and other documents should be sent to the ERAS Fellowships Document Office at 3624 Market Street, 14th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19604-2685.

ASHP Accredited Pharmacy Residency Program (PGY-2): Infectious Diseases Program Description

The PGY-2 infectious disease residency program at Health Science Center in Brooklyn (SUNY) provides a structured education and training experience for pharmacists who have completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Program looking to develop clinical expertise in infectious disease pharmacotherapy and antimicrobial management. The PGY-2 infectious diseases pharmacy practice resident works in close collaboration with the infectious diseases fellows and infectious disease consultants.

The residency is designed to develop competencies necessary to provide advanced pharmaceutical care to patients in the area of infectious diseases by providing patient care, teaching, and clinical research. Upon completion of the specialty residency program at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, the resident will have achieved a level of expertise in infectious disease pharmacotherapy to function as an independent clinical specialist or educator in the area of infectious diseases pharmacotherapy.

Over the course of the year the pharmacy resident will: provide pharmaceutical patient care in the management of common and uncommon infectious diseases in variety of patient populations; develop a solid understanding of microbiology, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of antimicrobial therapy; strengthen his/her communication skills through formal and informal presentations and interactions with other healthcare providers in a variety of settings; participate in an infectious diseases and pharmacy related interdisciplinary committee; enhance his/her teaching skills by providing didactic lecture to 4th year pharmacy students on an infectious disease topic, conducting small group case discussions, precepting pharmacy students on infectious disease rotations.