Infectious Diseases Fellowship Tracks

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In addition to outstanding infectious diseases fellowship training and research in an area of interest, we also offer a variety of research tracks aimed at advancing the next generation of physician scientists. We are committed to tailoring your research training to your career goals whether you want to be a physician scientist, clinical researcher, microbiology director or leader in public health policy. All of our fellows are eligible to apply to the NIH-Duke Master’s Program in Clinical Research.


Fellows may choose to work on research focusing on hospital epidemiology, antimicrobial stewardship, or utilization of large-scale hospital data to investigate public health issues. This track offers the ability to obtain a master’s in public health in the later part of fellowship training, as well as take the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) Continuing Medical Education. Fellows may be eligible to participate in the SHEA Health Care Epidemiology or SHEA Stewardship training course.

Global Health

Fellows may choose a research mentor who collaborates with international research sites in areas such as tuberculosis, parasitology, and emerging infectious diseases. This track aims to educate fellows in the complex issues related to performing research on the international stage.


HIV research in areas of pathogenesis, resistance, immune reconstitution, long-term reservoirs, vaccines, and epidemiology are strong areas of focus at our institution. Fellows have the opportunity to focus their basic science and translational research in a wide array of HIV-related issues.

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Clinical microbiology rounds

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This track focuses on providing extensive training in the field of medical microbiology as part of the microbiology department.Fellows receive training in a wide array of clinical microbiology techniques in addition to being trained to run a clinical microbiology department. Fellows are eligible to take the microbiology board certification exam at the end of this specialty fellowship training. This program is accredited by the Committee of Postgraduate Educational Programs (CPEP) of the American Society of Microbiology.


Fellows have the opportunity to perform research in the setting of hematopoietic stem cell transplants for malignancy or primary immunodeficiency. With approximately half of the transplants occurring at the NIH Clinical Center being for immunodeficiency, this track provides a broader exposure to the infectious complications surround hematopoietic stem cell transplant.

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