Department of Medicine
University of Wisconsin
Introduction to the Infectious Disease Fellowship
The Division of Infectious Disease at UW is committed to the training of academically-oriented Infectious Disease specialists and provides unique opportunities for fellows to:
- Develop diagnostic and management skills as an Infectious Disease consultant
- Develop and complete patient-oriented research projects
- Investigate the pathogenesis of infectious diseases
- Investigate drug discovery and development of anti-infectives
The ID training program has a deep commitment to its primary educational mission, the training of fellows, residents, and students. Members of the ID Division have won more than 20 departmental, School of Medicine and Public Health or University-wide teaching awards during the past two decades, including three highly competitive University of Wisconsin-Madison teaching awards. We have developed and continue to enhance a fellow and resident-oriented curriculum consisting of lectures and suggested readings in all areas of infectious diseases. Moreover, the second-year medical student course in microbiology and immunology is coordinated and taught by members of the Division. The Division also leads an annual CME course in infectious diseases, which has been the most heavily subscribed UW-Madison CME course for the past 20 years and has been consistently highly rated by attendees.
Fellows may develop and participate in clinical or basic science projects in laboratories of Division members or any other investigators on campus. In the past, fellows have worked in research laboratories in the departments of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, Pharmacology, Bacteriology, Population Health, or in the State Department of Health (see additional training opportunities). All fellows have the opportunity to attend and present at several annual infectious disease conferences including, ICAAC, ASM, IDSA, SHEA and others. Trainees displaying an aptitude for research may be offered a third of training dedicated to full-time investigation. Since 1980, approximately 57% of the trainees who completed the program have taken a third year dedicated to full-time research.
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