As a subspecialty, Infectious Diseases (ID) is very intriguing because you have the opportunity to be a disease detective, searching for clues to unlock the mystery of the patient's illness. ID specialists see a wide variety of patients and become familiar with a range of other disciplines, such as surgery, transplantation, orthopedics, ENT, ophthalmology, and even psychiatry. ID specialists are often involved in infection control, antibiotic stewardship, public health, tropical medicine, indigent care, medicolegal consultation, foreign travel and international human rights. Most ID docs specialize in specific areas, such as HIV/AIDS, Travel/Tropical Medicine, TB, Transplantation ID, etc.
The ID Fellowship at Tulane is a two-year curriculum (12 months of clinical in the first year and 12 months of advanced clinical, research, or tropical medicine/public health coursework). A popular career path at Tulane has been for our 2nd-year fellows to pursue a Diploma in Clinical Tropical Medicine and Traveler's Health, or MPH in Tropical Medicine (MPH&TM). Some of these fellows go on to join the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) at CDC after fellowship. This is a 2-year program that has trained many of the top U.S. medical epidemiologists at CDC, WHO, state public health departments and in academia.
The Training Program is available to qualified applicants who wish to pursue an academic, public health-oriented or clinical career in Infectious Diseases. Fellows spend one year in intensive clinical work before entering one of the following training pathways for one year:
Our philosophy emphasizes the importance of being an excellent clinician, an inquisitive thinker and a compassionate human being. We seek to work with physicians who are not only smart, but also have excellent bedside manner.