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The Jackson Health System /  Jackson Memorial Hospital Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program, in affiliation with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is a 2-year ACGME Accredited Post-Graduate Training Program with training sites at the University of Miami Hospital, Jackson Memorial Hospital, the Miami Veteran’s Affairs Hospital, Mt Sinai Medical Center, and Sylvester Cancer Center. These centers provide diverse training environments and a combined 3000+ beds. 

Additionally, off-site and international rotations are offered in collaboration with the Florida Department of Health, Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, with the University of São Paulo in Brazil and in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Universidad del Valle in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

The mission of the Infectious Disease Fellowship Program is to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of infectious diseases throughout South Florida and the Caribbean region through physician education and training. Graduates of our fellowship program occupy many leadership positions in the clinical, academic, and public health arenas throughout the region.

The fellowship is 2-years in length and includes extensive inpatient and outpatient experience in general infectious diseases, travel and tropical diseases, infections in solid organ and stem cell transplant recipients, hospital epidemiology and infection control, antibiotic stewardship, and HIV disease and prevention. 

There are 5 concurrent inpatient infectious diseases services, including a dedicated transplant / immunocompromised host service. Jackson Memorial Hospital and University of Miami Hospital have 24/7 specialized ID Pharmacists to support and assist with antimicrobial issues.

Jackson Memorial Hospital includes a large Ryan White HIV Clinic with wrap-around services in which fellows have a continuity clinic. Other outpatient clinics are at the VAMC, Mt Sinai Hospital, and the University of Miami Outpatient Clinics. Fellows also rotate at the Miami-Dade Country STD Clinic.
Completion of fellowship results in eligibility to take the ABIM Infectious Diseases Board Examination. Our pass rate for the Infectious Diseases Boards has been 100% for the last 8 years.

Completion of an ACGME-accredited Internal Medicine residency program is required prior to beginning fellowship training. Applications are accepted through the ERAS system. In most years, 5 incoming fellows are accepted for fellowship training. Candidates with H1 visas are considered on an individual basis.

ACGME Accredited: Yes
Residents or Fellows per year: 5-6
Duration:  2 years
Postgraduate Training Required:  Yes
U.S. Citizenship Required: No

Teaching Hospitals

  • Jackson Memorial Hospital
  • VA Medical Center
  • University of Miami Hospital
  • Sylvester Cancer Center Hospital & Clinics
  • Mt Sinai Medical Center

Requirements
Graduate from an ACGME-accredited internal medicine training program,
US citizen, US permanent resident, or in possession of a J-1 or H1B ECFMG-certification if a foreign medical graduate
Graduate of an LCME accredited Medical School, if completed in the United States or Canada or a Graduate of an AOA accredited Osteopathic Medical School

Passing scores on Steps 1, 2, and 3 of USMLE or COMLEX-USA.

Application Deadline
July 15, 2015: ERAS opens-candidates submit applications
August 18, 2015: Fellowship Application Deadline. COMPLETE applications are due at this time—incomplete or late applications will not be reviewed.
September-October 2015: Interviews will be conducted
December 4, 2015: Match Day

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Board Exam Requirements
Internal Medicine Board Eligible

Educational & Other Experience
Fellows participate in 3 conferences each week, including a weekly Clinical Case Presentation attended by clinical attending physicians from all five hospital sites, journal clubs, multidisciplinary discussions, didactic and board review presentations, and research presentations.  Additionally, frequent visiting lecturers are sponsored by the Division and the Miami Center for AIDS Research.

Each May, the Division sponsors a Clinical Trainee Symposium including invited speakers and a poster session for fellows, residents, and medical students interested in Infectious Diseases.

Research
Clinical research opportunities in tropical medicine, infections in the immunocompromised host, infection control and hospital epidemiology, and HIV and HIV prevention are available.  Infectious Disease fellows in our program regularly present their research at local and national meetings, publish in peer-reviewed journals, and obtain recognition for their research and scholarly activities through trainee awards from the Infectious Diseases Society of America. 

The University of Miami is a NIH Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) site, one of only 19 in the country.  The CFAR provides opportunities for Infectious Disease fellows including research support (pilot grants), mentoring, and collaboration.   Additionally, the University of Miami recently established an AIDS Institute, to enhance HIV/AIDS research.  Opportunities for laboratory research in HIV and other infectious diseases are also available for appropriately prepared candidates.

Call
There is no overnight call, and there are no admitting services covered by Infectious Diseases Fellows.

Susanne Doblecki-Lewis, MD
Program Director

Paola Lichtenberger, MD
Associate Program Director

Phone: 305-243-7067
Fax: 305-243-1731
Email: n.burnside@med.miami.edu

Prospective Residents

Physicians Services / Housestaff Office
Jackson Memorial Hospital
East Tower Room 1004
1611 NW 12th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33136
Phone: 305-355-1122
Fax: 305-355-1123

Graduate Medical Education Office
Jackson Memorial Hospital
Institute 118B
1611 NW 12th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33136
Phone: 305-585-4310
Fax: 305-585-4309

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