Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University
Sidney Kimmel Medical College
Department of Medicine

Infectious Diseases Fellowship

The Division of Infectious Diseases of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College offers an Infectious Diseases Fellowship based at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.  Our division is dedicated to training physicians to become leaders in the field of Infectious Diseases.  We accept 2 fellows/year to our program.  Our fellows see patients at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital as well as several other locations for a well-rounded clinical experience.  Our fellows work alongside our 10-faculty members of the Medical College and actively manage patients on our general consult, solid organs transplant, bone marrow transplant, and neurological/neurosurgical subspecialty consult services.  In addition to this clinical experience, our fellows are also on the forefront of educating other learners including medical students, residents, and pharmacy students.

We pride ourselves on being a largely clinically-focused program.  There is, however, plenty of opportunity to present unique cases, dive into research projects, and partake in our Division's Antimicrobial Stewardship and/or Infection Control Committee.

Goals of the Fellowship Program

Fellows are expected to develop the following skills during their training in infectious diseases:

  • Clinical competence in the practice of both inpatient and outpatient infectious diseases consultations
  • Familiarity with and proficiency in interpreting the current medical literature in infectious diseases
  • Familiarity with academic research in both basic and clinical areas and the ability to initiate independent investigations in either of those areas
  • Competence in teaching house staff and medical students
  • Competence in the practice of hospital infection control

Components of the Fellowship Program

Clinical Schedule

First Year
  • Inpatient consult service - 38 weeks
  • Research - 8 weeks
  • Microbiology lab - 2 weeks
  • Vacation - 4 weeks

Second Year

  • Inpatient consult service - 36 weeks
  • Transplant consult service - 4 weeks
  • Outpatient ID clinic - 8 weeks
  • Subspecialty clinic - 4 weeks
  • Microbiology lab - 2 weeks
  • Research - 8 weeks
  • Vacation - 4 weeks

Inpatient Rotations

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (http://hospitals.jefferson.edu/)

Thomas Jefferson University 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.  Fellows rotate on several consult services including: general teaching service, solid organ transplant service, bone marrow transplant service, and neurological/neurosurgical service.  Fellows will mentor other trainees, but will also have the opportunity to work on-on-one with faculty on specialty services.

Lankenau Medical Center (https://www.mainlinehealth.org/locations/lankenau-medical-center)

Lankenau Medical Center is a 500-bed community teaching hospital with a strong academic tradition.  Fellows rotate on both inpatient and outpatient services with the Infectious Diseases physicians of the Delaware Valley ID Associates (http://delawarevalleyid.com/), including unique rotations in travel clinic consultation and exposure to private practice.  Parking is free for fellows.

Wills Eye (https://www.willseye.org/)

Wills Eye Hospital is a free-standing eye hospital that has an affiliation with Thomas Jefferson University as its Department of Ophthalmology.  The hospital includes an Emergency Department and 4-inpatient beds that fellows may visit while on the neurological/neurosurgical consult service.

Outpatient Rotations

  • HIV clinic half day per week for all fellows with our HIV specialists.
  • General ID clinic half day per month when off inpatient service with rotating faculty.
  • Lankenau outpatient clinic (includes follow ups, new referrals, HIV, Hep C, Travel, miscellaneous) 2nd year of fellowship.
  • Outpatient Antibiotic Therapy (OPAT) clinic half day per week while rounding with our surgical consultation service.

Conferences

  • Weekly Case Management Conference
  • Weekly Board Review
  • Weekly Core Curriculum lectures by faculty
  • Weekly Microbiology Rounds
  • Monthly HIV Conference
  • Monthly Journal Club
  • Monthly City-Wide Conference amongst Philadelphia Training Programs
  • Quarterly Pulmonary-ID Conference

Examples of past Managment Conferences:

  • Rhinocerebral mucormycosis
  • HIV-associated lymphoma
  • Lyme optic neuritis
  • CRE Klebsiella pneumoniae infections
  • Varicella zoster meningitis
  • Disseminated tuberculosis
  • CMV in solid organ transplant recipient
  • CNS histoplasmosis
  • Recurrent Clostridium difficile infection
  • Cryptococcal meningitis in non-HIV patients
  • Chagas disease
  • Leptospirosis
  • Prosthetic valve endocarditis

Faculty

Post-graduation Careers

2017: Robert Wood Johnson, Barnabas Health-NJ

2017: Christiana Care Health System-DE

2016: Albert Einstein Medical Center-PA

2016: Transplant Fellowship-Cleveland Clinic, OH; Louisiana State University-LA

2015: Orlando Health Infectious Diseases-FL

2015: Pinnacle Health Infectious Associates-PA

2014 Raleigh Infectious Diseases Associates-NC

2014: Lehigh Valley Health Network-PA

2013: Santa Clara Valley Medical Center-CA

2013: Transplant Fellowship-Mayo Clinic-MN; Samitivej Hosptial-Thailand

2012: Lehigh Valley Health Network-PA

2012: Thomas Jefferson University-PA

2011: Shannon Medical Center-TX

2011: Crozer-Keystone Health System-PA

2010: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital-PA

2010: Wilmington VA Medical Center-DE

2009: Middlesex Hospital Multispecialty Group-CT

2009: Metro Infectious Disease-MD

2008: Delaware Valley Infectious Disease Associates-PA

2008: Albert Einstein Medical Center-PA

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Salary & Benefits