ACGME-Certified Fellowship Training

MGH/BWH Combined ID Fellowship

The Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women's Hospitals have integrated their Infectious Disease Fellowship Training Programs to offer unparalleled opportunities for clinical and research training in Infectious Diseases at Harvard Medical School. The details of the combined program are described in a separate combined fellowship program website here.

MGH/BWH Combined ID Fellowship Website

Research Fellowship

Research Fellowship Training in Infectious Diseases

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Infectious Diseases (ID) Fellowship training program at Massachusetts General Hospital is designed to train individuals for academic careers in clinical medicine and/or medical research. The first year of ID fellowship is an intensive clinical experience. Beginning in the second year, ID fellows pursue a research track or a specialized clinical year focused on HIV or transplant infectious diseases.

The research track is an in-depth research experience under the mentorship of a member of the ID faculty at either Mass General or Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH). Some fellows pursue basic research training with other faculty at Harvard Medical School, in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, or in the Immunology or Virology Program. Many of the faculty of the Mass General and BWH ID Divisions have joint appointments in these departments and programs and are also part of these training communities. During the first year of fellowship, each ID fellow selects a mentor and, together with their mentor, identifies a research project. Fellows pursuing this track are supported for subsequent research training by training grants or other grants linked to their mentor.

Curriculum

Typically, two or more years are spent in research training. Fellows work with mentors to develop grant writing skills and additional research support funds, and mentors commit to underwrite support for the fellow’s research training if he/she is unable to obtain his/her own individual grant.

Investigative research is supplemented by journal clubs and work-in-progress conferences with research groups with similar interests, e.g., HIV group, bacterial pathogenesis group, and others. These conferences are open to all fellows. Research fellows present their work and actively participate in these conferences. The fellow is expected to prepare the results of his/her research with guidance from the mentor for presentation at national or international scientific meetings and for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Research Experience

Research training provides mentorship in several areas critical to the fellow's career development:

  • Formulation of testable scientific hypotheses and execution of approaches to test these hypotheses.
  • Critical evaluation of experimental results.
  • Presentation of results at scientific meetings.
  • Critical evaluation of the medical and scientific research literature.
  • Writing and publishing of manuscripts of scientific findings in high quality peer-reviewed journals.
  • Formulation and writing of grant proposals for competitive review.

Contact

Individuals wishing a post-doctoral research fellowship separate from the ACGME fellowship program should contact potential faculty mentors directly.

ID Elective for Medical Students

The monthly clinical elective in Infectious Diseases at the MGH is structured around the consultation services provided by the Infectious Disease Division. Each student works with an infectious disease fellow, and together they evaluate and provide continuing care for patients for whom consultative services are requested. Students present those cases that they have worked-up to the Attending (Staff) Physician on daily rounds. Learning about infectious diseases and the role of a consultant is then accomplished at the bedside and on daily rounds. The student will perform approximately one consultation a day. In addition, students are expected to attend three weekly infectious disease conferences, a case-management conference on Monday mornings, a case-based clinical or research conference on Wednesday mornings, and an HIV-focused conference on Friday mornings. To apply please visit theHarvard Medical School website.

CME

Infectious Diseases in Adults, 2018.  

Fairmont Copley Plaza • April 30 - May 4, 2018
Boston, MA

The MGH ID Division offers a comprehensive post graduate course in infectious diseases, in conjunction with Harvard Medical School.   Participants earn up to 39 AMA PRA Category 1 credits (including 2.25 credits of Risk Management Study).    Register by March 31, 2018 for discounted pricing.  Highlights of the 2018 course are shown below.  To see the full website (where a PDF of the course brochure is available), please use this link:    http://id.hmscme.com/

This comprehensive CME program ensures attendees are current with state-of-the-art approaches to prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases. Updates, best practices and new guidelines are presented by nationally recognized ID experts and master clinicians. Education is practical and results driven:

  • State-of-the-art approaches to common infections
  • New strategies for treating highly resistant bacterial infections
  • Clinical approaches to complex, rare, "don't-miss" infections
  • New and emerging infectious diseases
  • Update on antifungal diagnostics and therapy
  • Optimal management of Staph aureus
  • Infections in persons with substance use disorders
  • What’s new in HIV management
  • Hep C treatment workshop 
  • Live New England Journal of Medicine Clinicopathologic Conference (CPC)
  • Musculoskeletal infectious diseases 
  • Strategies for optimal decision-making in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases

As revised treatment strategies, new diagnostic tests, and guidelines are presented, they are coupled with specific recommendations for incorporating these updates into your day-to-day work.  

Highlights of the 2018 Program

Expanded Case-Based and Problem-Solving Education 

The 2018 program features an expanded range of interactive, case-based and problem-solving education. The formats are engaging and attendees are encouraged to pose questions in larger sessions as well as one-on-one with the national experts who will be providing updates at this event.

Treating Highly Resistant Bacterial Infections, including:

  • MRSA and vancomycin-intermediate Staph aureus (VISA)
  • Extended spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL)-producing gram negative rods
  • Carbapenemase-producing gram negative rods, including the NDM-1 metallo-beta-lactamase-producing organisms
  • Vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) 

Common Infectious Diseases: Updates in Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment

Updates to keep you current on new strategies, state-of-the-art practices, and the most recent guidelines to address:

  • Infections in immunocompromised hosts
  • Infections in pregnancy, including Zika
  • Infections in persons with substance use disorders
  • Infections of travelers
  • Systemic fungal infections
  • Native and device-related orthopedic infections
  • Ear, nose and throat (ENT) and eye infections
  • Bronchiectasis and pneumonia
  • Native and device-related central nervous system (CNS) infections
  • HIV and its infectious and noninfectious complications
  • PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) and PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) to prevent HIV infection
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Hepatitis C monoinfection and coinfection
  • Tick and mosquito-borne infections and zoonoses
  • Vaccination
  • Clostridium difficile infection

Challenging, Rare, and Emerging Infectious Diseases

Comprehensive updates on:

  • Zika, Ebola, Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), and other emerging infectious diseases
  • Infections in travelers and immigrants
  • Zoonoses—the old and the new
  • Re-emergence of vaccine-preventable diseases 
  • Non-tuberculous (“atypical”) mycobacteria including Mycobacterium chimaera
  • Candida auris 

Clinical Decision-Making

Hear directly from world-renowned specialists and master clinicians on their approach and decision-making criteria for:

  • Selecting the right antimicrobial
  • Utilizing newer diagnostic tests
  • Diagnosing low-probability but high-impact infections
  • Rapidly detecting life-threatening infections
  • Determining when and how long to hospitalize in the treatment of infectious diseases
  • The outpatient transition: IV or oral?
  • Optimizing empiric antimicrobial therapy: what to start, when to narrow or when to stop  

Safety, Quality, and Practice Improvement

Special sessions on quality and safety in the field, and on the value added by ID specialists: 

  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Infection control
  • Early inpatient ID consultations to reduce mortality, length of stay, and cost
  • Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy (OPAT): best practices in program design and operation
  • ID for hospital medicine practitioners

NEW | OPTIONAL ADD-ON WORKSHOP

State-of-the-Art Treatment of Hepatitis C
Friday, May 4, 2:00 - 4:30 pm

This new program provides a special and timely opportunity to learn about recent important changes in Hepatitis C care.

Highlights of this practical, small group, interactive educational experience include:

  • A comprehensive review of the new medications for HCV
  • Selecting an optimal treatment regimen
  • Updates on drug interactions
  • Best practices for patient assessment, monitoring, side-effect management, and follow-up
  • Optimal treatment of patients with HIV/HCV coinfection
  • Guidance for managing persons with substance use disorders

Led by Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School’s Arthur Kim, MD, a nationally and internationally recognized specialist in Hepatitis C, participants will leave with specific recommendations to improve the clinical care of people infected with HCV. 

Partners ID Images Website

The Division of Infectious Diseases, in collaboration with the Partners AIDS Research Center and the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, has developed an online, case and image-based learning tool. Go to ID Images.

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