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Fellowship Program Overview

The Division of Infectious Diseases of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College offers an Infectious Diseases Fellowship based at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (TJUH). TJUH is an 800-bed university teaching hospital based in Center City Philadelphia with a broad referral base from the Pennsylvania-New Jersey – Delaware tri-state Area. Clinical activities at TJUH include active oncology, hematology, and transplantation programs; a full array of medical and surgical subspecialties; a regional spinal cord trauma and rehabilitation unit; and active obstetrical, gynecological, and pediatric services. Clinical consults are also performed at Jefferson Hospital for Neurosciences and Wills Eye Hospital , both of which are nationally recognized in their respected fields and are located on the Jefferson campus.

In July of 1997 an important expansion of the Clinical Fellowship occurred when the Infectious Diseases Section of Lankenau Hospital merged with the Infectious Diseases Section at Jefferson . Lankenau Hospital is a 500-bed community teaching hospital, with a strong academic tradition. It is located on City Avenue in Wynnewood , PA about 25 minutes by car from Center City , Philadelphia . Lankenau Hospital 's I.D. Section is a busy inpatient and outpatient consultative service, seeing patients with community acquired infections, surgically related infections, infections in high risk obstetrical patients and patients with HIV.

The infectious diseases consultation service sees 55 to 70 in-patients a month on all hospital services. Residents rotating on the consultation service are involved in the management of a wide variety of clinical infectious disease problems. Emphasis is placed on a logical approach to evaluating possible infections, decision making in diagnosis and therapy of infected patients and familiarity with the use of antibiotics. Divisional faculty and fellows lead an infectious disease out-patient clinic that meets weekly. Educational activities include weekly divisional and inter-city infectious disease conferences, a monthly case conference for medical house staff, monthly divisional research conferences and journal club conferences.

A diverse patient population, collaboration with the clinical Microbiology laboratory, the Department of Microbiology and numerous divisional studies allow for many opportunities to pursue basic and clinical research activities including:

  • Gene therapy for HIV-1 infection.
  • Molecular control mechanisms of HIV-1 replication.
  • Pathogenesis of HIV-1 infections of the brain
  • Molecular mechanisms of HIV-1 maternal-fetal transmission.
  • Cellular immune response to adenovirus; and hepatitis C virus.
  • Immune modulation to HIV-1 infection.
  • Role of cytokine elaboration in progression of HIV-1 infection.

Kathleen Squires, MD
Director, Division of
Infectious Diseases & Environmental Medicine


Joseph A. DeSimone, Jr., MD
Director, Fellowship Program

Division of
Infectious Diseases & Environmental Medicine

211 S. Ninth Street
Suite 210
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 955-7785

We accept applications through the National Residency Match Program and utilize the Electronic Residency Fellowship Application Service.

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