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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Division of Infectious Diseases

About the Program

Fellowship Description

The infectious diseases fellowship in the Department of Medicine at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine offers clinical training, administrative experience and research opportunities to physicians who wish to specialize in infectious diseases. Our clinical fellowship is an ACGME-accredited program that combines these 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
  • Maimonides Medical Center

Fellows will evaluate and manage a wide range of infectious diseases 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 will:

  • Help 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
  • Spend one month for selection of Fellowship Pathway (see below) and planning of scholarly project(s)
  • One month vacation

Year Two: Scholarship Pathways and Advanced Clinical Training

Second-year fellows have at least 6-7 months of dedicated time to a scholarly project under the aegis of a mentor in the Infectious Diseases Division. Project opportunities may include laboratory research, retrospective chart reviews, quality improvement studies and/or clinical trials (see Fellowship Pathway description below). Prior research projects have included hospital epidemiology, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS, multi-drug resistant bacteria, and mechanisms of antibiotic resistance.

Other activities:

  • Kings County Hospital Center Sexually Transmitted Diseases Clinic for one weekly clinic session
  • Continuity in HIV clinic (same as Year One)
  • Two and a half weeks at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (Bone Marrow Transplant and complex oncology)
  • One month on the Solid Organ Transplant service at New York University
  • Subsidized attendance at annual IDSA conference
  • Participate in weekly lectures, research conference, case conference, and monthly journal club
  • One month vacation

Fellowship Pathways

Fellows may select one of two pathways for their training. Completion of either the Laboratory/Clinical Investigator Pathway or the Quality Improvement/Administrative Leadership Pathway will confer board eligibility in Infectious Diseases. Although much of the first year of fellowship will be devoted to learning the basics of Infectious Diseases through the consultative services at our busy in-patient facilities and learning about HIV out-patient care in our clinics, commitment to one track or the other will occur during the first year. Protected time in the first year will be provided in order to design and implement the track program. More significant protected time is a formal part of the second year during which track requirements will be fulfilled.

Laboratory or Clinical Investigator Pathway

The Investigator Pathway will emphasize laboratory or clinical research during the fellowship training. Fellows will be expected to participate in IRB-approved projects that can be completed within the framework of the fellowship. Involvement in projects involving basic science research, epidemiology, and clinical trials are available. Current research investigations can be seen on the website . It is expected that investigations will result in presentations at local and national meetings as well as in publications in peer-reviewed journals. Fellows are expected to define their projects and identify their mentors early in their fellowship training. Fellows will also complete clinical responsibilities essential for Infectious Diseases board eligibility and attain the necessary skills to become a competent Infectious Diseases clinician.

Quality Improvement/Administrative Leadership Pathway

The Quality Improvement/Administrative Leadership Pathway will emphasize skills essential for participation in health systems administration and quality improvement with an emphasis on Infectious Diseases related processes. Protected time will be dedicated to programs involving hospital epidemiology/infection control, public health, antimicrobial stewardship, and graduate medical education. Involvement in the development of teaching programs for students and residents is expected. Fellows will participate and become responsible for initiatives in the Infection Control and Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committees at University Hospital of Brooklyn. Fellows will define their areas of interest and mentors early the fellowship training. They will actively participate in GME functions as well. Fellows will complete clinical responsibilities essential for Infectious Diseases board eligibility.

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:
    ERAS Fellowships Document Office
    3624 Market Street, 14th Floor
    Philadelphia, PA 19604-2685

Affiliated 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.

 

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