About the Program
The Infectious Diseases Training Program at Baylor College of Medicine offers a blend of clinical training and research opportunities. Faculty are actively involved in clinical medicine, research and teaching.
Annually, three training positions are offered in our traditional infectious diseases training program and two positions in our immunocompromised training program, which is a joint fellowship between the infectious diseases sections at Baylor College of Medicine and MD Anderson Cancer Center. In the near future, the program plans to offer a one-year ID transplant track with MD Anderson. We also offer one training position in a medicine-pediatric ID track. This is a joint track with Texas Children's Hospital.
Baylor ID fellows in either program have opportunities for international study through our established relationships with academic centers in Peru, Mexico, India, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho, Romania and Thailand.
Strengths of our Program
Texas Medical Center: Wherever you go, the quality of training you receive in infectious diseases will hinge on the diversity of patients and pathology that you encounter. This is the number one strength of our program. Training in infectious disease at Baylor means working in the largest medical center in the world, and providing care for patients of all means and backgrounds from across the globe. Whether you choose to join our traditional or immunocompromised tracks, you will become proficient in general infectious diseases at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, tropical and global medicine at Ben Taub Hospital, HIV care at Thomas Street Health Center, and cancer and transplant infectious diseases at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the Baylor-St. Luke’s Medical Center. You will learn to thrive as a physician in the private, public/underserved, and governmental institutional settings, and you will find a combination of patients and diagnoses that are rarely found elsewhere Learn more about our hospitals here.
Mentorship to meet your goals: Good mentorship is a cornerstone of successful postgraduate training, be it clinical or in research, and our mentors are the second great strength of our program. Drawing from no less than five groups of infectious disease specialists across our four major inpatient institutions, our clinical faculty include experts in every aspect of infectious diseases, including Hepatitis C, HIV care, transplant ID, oncologic ID, tropical medicine, infection control, vaccinology, antibiotic resistance, and many others. And while many of our clinical faculty are active and successful in research, our fellows also have research mentors throughout the college and Texas Medical Center, including MD Anderson, the Baylor Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology, and others. Whether you are interested in basic, translational, or clinical research, or in their related specialized fields of clinical practice, we can help you find the right mentors among our faculty and our sister institutions to ensure that your academic career flourishes. View our mentors.
A flexible curriculum: Having difficulty deciding whether you want to train at a ‘clinical program’ or a ‘research program’? Interested in HIV but don’t want to commit to fellowship that seems to offer training in little else? Our program’s wealth of clinical, research and mentorship opportunities allows you to customize your fellowship experience to your specific interests and needs while still ensuring you receive a strong foundational experience in infectious diseases. View curriculum information.
Do you want training that will prepare you for private practice in general clinical infectious diseases? Our traditional track will provide you with broad experience in general ID with a heavy focus on our high-volume general ID services at Ben Taub Hospital and the Michael E Debakey VA Medical Center. Further develop your marketability by gaining much sought-after expertise in areas including cardiovascular device infections, outpatient wound care, and infection control.
Are you looking to specialize in immunocompromised and critical care infectious diseases? Our immunocompromised track will have you rotating regularly through one of the most respected cancer hospitals in the United States. Our two dedicated transplant infection diseases services (Stem Cell Transplant ID at MD Anderson and Transplant ID at Baylor-St. Luke’s Medical Center) will ensure that you become highly proficient in treating medicine’s most immunologically vulnerable patients. And, regardless of the track you choose, our two HIV continuity clinics and HIV consult service at Ben Taub Hospital will ensure you master the diagnosis and treatment of the HIV-associated opportunistic infections and nuances of antiretroviral treatment.
Or, perhaps you’re interested in academic medicine and research? Our clinical-investigator pathway gives you eight-nine months of protected research time in the second year and the opportunity to extend your research another 11 months in the optional third year. If you desire a more structured research experience, the college’s Clinical Scientist Training Program provides formal training in clinical investigation and culminates with a graduate degree and a grant application for future research.
Our program has a depth and breadth of opportunities in infectious diseases. Whatever your career goals in this specialty are, we can help you reach them.