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.


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.


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


Infectious Diseases in Adults, 2017.   The MGH ID Division offers a comprehensive post graduate course in infectious diseases, in conjunction with Harvard Medical School.   Participants earn up to 36.75 AMA PRA Category 1 credits (including 5 credits of Risk Management Study).    Register by March 15, 2017 for discounted pricing.  Highlights of the 2017 course are shown below.  To see the full website (where a PDF of the course brochure is available), please use this link:

Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Infectious Diseases - Updates, Best Practices, Advances to Improve Patient Outcomes

This program is among the highest-rated Harvard Medical School CME courses.  It ensures attendees are current with state-of-the-art approaches to infectious diseases and the clinical practices that ensure the best patient outcomes.

This comprehensive CME program provides a special and timely opportunity to get updates, best practices and new guidelines and to hear directly from nationally recognized leaders and master clinicians on their approaches to:

  • Diagnosis and treatment of common, complex, and emerging infectious diseases
  • Prevention and detection of infections in travelers and immigrants
  • Detection of rare and "don't-miss" infectious diseases
  • Treatment of HIV-infected and other immunocompromised patients
  • Hepatitis C virus infection
  • Zika, Ebola, and MERS
  • Prevention and detection of infections in travelers and immigrants
  • Safety and practice improvement

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.

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.

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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