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About the Fellowship

The Medical Microbiology Fellowship at Mass General, a one-year, ACGME-approved program, provides advance training to prepare pathologists and infectious disease specialists to serve as directors of a clinical microbiology laboratory. Our graduates possess an in-depth understanding of medical microbiology including the selection, validation, and interpretation of diagnostic microbiology tests. Our trainees will also be capable of managing a high volume, complex diagnostic laboratory. To these ends, the program will provide a comprehensive curriculum consisting of didactics, rotation through all sections of the clinical microbiology laboratory as well as rotations with various clinical services to gain an understanding of how testing in the microbiology laboratory informs clinical decision making. Particular emphasis will be placed on laboratory operation and management. Graduates of this program may choose to develop an area of research in microbiology that will prepare them for a career as a laboratory director at an academic health center.


Fellows in Medical Microbiology must complete either:

1. Residency training in anatomic, clinical or combined anatomic/clinical pathology in a U.S. based training program, with primary certification or eligibility by the American Board of Pathology


2. Fellows may also complete a U.S. primary residence in Internal Medicine or Pediatrics followed by completion of an ACGME accredited fellowship in Infectious Diseases

Applicants must be eligible for a Massachusetts medical license


Goals and Objectives

The Mass General Pathology Service medical microbiology fellowship goals are to:

  • Gain the knowledge and skills specifically required to manage a high volume, complex diagnostic laboratory
  • Provide a comprehensive curriculum consisting of didactics, weekly conferences, and in-depth rotations through all sections of the clinical microbiology laboratory
  • Understand disease processes, selection of tests, and interpretation of results

Structure of the Program

The medical microbiology fellowship curriculum is designed to be completed within 12 months. For a fellow whose goal is to practice academic medicine, the training would consist of those same 12 months of clinical training with an opportunity to do an additional 12 months of scholarly research.

The following table shows a sample curriculum for the clinical year:


12 weeks 

Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing

4 weeks 

Virology and Serology

4 weeks

Molecular Diagnostics

4 weeks


6 weeks

Infectious Disease Consultation

4 weeks

Infection Control

3 weeks

Point of Care testing

3 weeks 

Scholarly project/Research

8 weeks 

Research Experience

The Mass General Pathology Service medical microbiology fellowship provides those fellows seeking to practice academic medicine with an opportunity to take an additional 12 months to do scholarly research.

How to Apply

Now accepting applications for 2021-2022.

Applicants should send a completed CAP standardized Application for Pathology Fellowships, a current CV, one-page personal statement concerning their interest in Medical Microbiology, USMLE transcript, and three letters of reference to both the Fellowship Coordinator and the Program Director.