The program extends over 24 months and meets or exceeds minimal criteria by the American Board of Internal Medicine for fellows successfully completing the Program to be eligible to sit for the Certifying Examination in Infectious Diseases. The teaching staff consists of Dr. Julio Ramirez, Dr. Raul Nakamatsu, Dr. Arnold Forest, and Dr. Paula Peyrani.

Each fellow has increased responsibility with each year. Second year fellows are "on call" for the Public Health Clinics and are considered junior faculty in the I.D. clinics where residents present patient cases to them for review.

Addition requirments include:

  • Organizing lectures to Internal Medicine residents
  • Organizing and moderating the weekly I.D. Journal Club
  • Advising and assisting first year fellows in the preparation and submission of a manuscript for publication
  • Organizing the Clinical Research Conference on Mondays

Second year fellows also arrange the fellow/resident night call schedule, attend at least one major meeting, participate in the Infection Control Committee for at least one hospital, and maintain the I.D. Patient Management Conference notebook. Basic research time varies depending upon the fellows' interest and career goals. A minimum of 22 clinical months is provided. The Infectious Diseases faculty and Program Director provide monthly and semi-annual written evaluations for each fellow, along with structured feedback. These evaluations are kept on file. The Program Director meets weekly with the fellows to discuss strength and weaknesses in areas of concern and to provide feedback as needed.

A state-of-the-art basic research reference laboratory with faculty devoted to basic research is available for training in a wide variety of areas involving studies at the molecular, cellular, and patient levels.