Infectious Diseases Fellowship Training Program

Year One: Clinical Training

"The breadth of ID pathology I saw as a fellow at Montefiore and Jacobi was excellent preparation for the clinical aspects of my current job. It’s truly a unique program because of the large number of faculty, the wide ranging research and clinical interests of the faculty, and the diverse patient population in New York."

Sarah Hochman Dr. Sarah Hochman, Program Graduate
Infectious Diseases section chief, NYU Tisch Hospital
Associate Hospital Epidemiologist, NYU Langone Medical Center
Assistant Professor, NYU School of Medicine
 

 
 

A major strength of the clinical program is the large, diverse patient population in the Bronx, population 1.4 million. Montefiore is the largest academic medical center serving the diverse Bronx community.

Montefiore Medical Center was the only New York State institution selected in 2011 to participate in the innovative Pioneer ACO Model, providing Medicare beneficiaries with high-quality care while reducing costs through better care coordination.

Fellows are exposed to cases ranging from community-acquired and nosocomial infections to HIV/AIDS and complications of transplantation and cancer, as well as burn-related infections, illnesses from the environment, pediatric infectious diseases, and diseases imported from around the world.

  1. Inpatient Consultation Services (10 months)
  2. Ambulatory Care 
  3. Microbiology Laboratory (1 month)
  4. Antibiotic Stewardship 
  5. Conferences and Didactics 

Inpatient Consultation Services

Each fellow performs > 600 inpatient consultations in the first year of fellowship. Experienced Infectious Disease pharmacists work closely with our faculty-fellow teams and often round with them to assist with drug dosing, PK/PD, extended infusion dosing, therapeutic drug monitoring, procurement of non-formulary agents, etc.

Consultations take place at the following sites:

 

Montefiore Medical Center Moses Division (West Campus)

Moses Division Immunocompromised Host and Transplant Service

 

Children's Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) - 1 month pediatric ID rotation in the later part of the 1st year

 

Montefiore Medical Center Einstein Division (East Campus)

 

 

Wakefield Medical Center

 

 

 

 

Ambulatory Care

  1. All first- and second-year fellows attend a year-round once-weekly HIV continuity clinic at either Montefiore’s Center for Positive Living/I.D. Clinic or Jacobi’s Adult Comprehensive Services Clinic. Fellows follow their own HIV patients and occasionally consult on outpatients with other infectious disease problems. Fellows are supervised at all sessions by a faculty member. For first-year fellows, the clinic session is preceded by a didactic lecture by the preceptor. The clinic experience is optional for third-year fellows, but most elect to continue it.
  2. Parasitology Clinic: Fellows on the Microbiology Laboratory rotation spend a half-day per week for 2-4 week blocks in the Parasitology Clinic at Jacobi Hospital with Dr. Christina Coyle. Fellows see patients with confirmed or probable parasitic diseases or other travel-related infections and receive didactic sessions on related topics by faculty members with national reputations. 
  3. Ambulatory General I.D.: 2nd year fellows have the option of rotating in the OPAT clinic precepted by a faculty member to gain more experience with outpatient ID.

Microbiology Laboratory

Four weeks of the first year are spent in the diagnostic Microbiology Laboratory and Virology Laboratory at Montefiore. Bacteriology, mycobacteriology, mycology, serology, special drug testing, and virology are reviewed. The time spent on this rotation also allows for a weekly session in the Parasitology Clinic at Jacobi Medical Center.

Conferences and Didactic Courses

The regularly scheduled formal didactic sessions include weekly ID grand rounds, journal clubs, research seminars, lectures by visiting professors, core curriculum lectures, and intercity ID rounds (involving the major New York City metropolitan area teaching hospitals).

The weekly core curriculum lectures are given to the first-year fellows by the faculty, with emphasis on the rational approach to the major clinical problems in infectious diseases, as well as high yield content for the ID boards. See the core curriculum schedule for further details.

Antibiotic Stewardship

Fellows work closely with the physicians and pharmacists as part of the multidisciplinary antibiotic stewardship program covering Moses, Einstein and Wakefield campuses. Fellows receive hands on stewardship training both in first and second years of training. The antimicrobial stewardship academic track is available to senior fellows. By their involvement in day-to-day policies of antibiotic restriction, tailored antibiotic prescribing, critical pathways, etc. fellows are well-prepared to implement and build stewardship programs post fellowship.
Click here to learn more about the Montefiore/Einstein stewardship program 

Grand Rounds Presentations

Infectious Diseases faculty and fellows come together weekly at Grand Rounds, where fellows present interesting cases and relevant literature reviews. Grand Rounds are also presented by invited speakers who are prominent members of the infectious diseases research community. On average, first year fellows give about 10 case-presentations. Second and third year fellows present journal club articles and final research seminars.  

Contact Info

West Campus
Montefiore Medical Center
3411 Wayne Ave
Suite 4H
Bronx, NY 10467
phone 718-920-5438
fax 718-920-2746

East Campus
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
1300 Morris Park Avenue
Belfer Building, Room 610
Bronx, NY 10461
phone 718-430-3659
fax 718-430-8968

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