Infectious Diseases Education & Training
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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. For more information, visit the Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program website.
Adult Infectious Disease & Basic Microbiologic Mechanisms Training Program
The Adult Infectious Disease and Basic Microbiological Mechanisms Training Program is a Harvard-wide training program dedicated to the education of those infectious disease fellows and PhD postdoctoral fellows interested in pursuing careers as physician-scientists or scientists with a focus on investigation into important questions in non-HIV microbiology and infectious diseases.
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 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.
The monthly clinical elective in Infectious Diseases at Mass General Hospital 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 the Harvard Medical School website.
April 26 – 30, 2021
The Massachusetts General Hospital ID Division offers a comprehensive post graduate course in infectious diseases, in conjunction with Harvard Medical School. Participants earn up to 39.75 AMA PRA Category 1 credits (including 3.00 credits of Risk Management Study). Register by March 31, 2021 for discounted pricing. Highlights of the 2021 course are shown below. For more information, visit the course website.
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:
- Management of resistant or difficult-to-treat bacterial, fungal, and mycobacterial infections
- Comprehensive COVID-19 update
- Updates in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of common infectious diseases
- Challenging, rare, and emerging infectious diseases
- Improvement in clinical decision-making
- A live New England Journal of Medicine Clinicopathologic Conference (CPC)
- Management of HIV and its complications
- State-of-the-art diagnosis and management of sexually transmitted infections
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 2019 Program
Expanded Case-Based and Problem-Solving Education
The 2019 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
- 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
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
Mass General Brigham ID Images Website
The Division of Infectious Diseases, in collaboration with the Mass General Brigham 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 called Mass General Brigham Infectious Disease Images.