Why Choose WashU?
Our fellows let prospective fellow candidates know what fellowship is like at WashU
ID Fellowship at WashU – what makes it special?
- Leadership and faculty: Over 50 Basic Science and Clinical Faculty led by two highly distinguished co-directors, William G. Powderly, MD and Jennifer Philips, MD, who work to ensure a fully-integrated division that gives foremost importance to education and training of future ID physicians and scientists.
- Provides amazing opportunities for mentorship
- Faculty to fellow ratio 5:1
- Wide Range of Basic Science and Clinical Expertise
- Immune Response to Infection
- Fellow Centered Outlook
- Culture: Fellows are considered not as workforce, but colleagues at work
- Nurse Practitioners on each fellow run team to offset monitoring of stable patients
- Triage of New Consults done by attendings helps free up fellows’ time for patient care
- Attending-only ID Hospitalist Service helps fellows with consult volume
- 2nd Year Specialty Clinic Rotations
- Popular Electives
- Didactics – even with COVID-19, we have not stopped learning; our core curriculum lectures and conferences are continuing virtually
- Scholarly activity: 3-4+ average publications by each fellow
- Board Pass Rates : 100 % infectious disease board pass rate for the past 10 year
- Unparalleled learning opportunities at one of the largest medical centers in the Midwest
- The School of Medicine is a leader in medical research, teaching and patient care, ranking among the top 10 medical schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
- Opportunities for future growth
- Sponsored grants – NIH-sponsored ID/Basic Microbial Pathogenesis Training Grant
- Optional 3rd year focused on Transplant ID/Immunocompromised hosts, Medical Education, Infection Prevention/Antimicrobial stewardship
- Flexible 2nd year based on fellow interests – Sexually Transmitted Infection, HIV, Transplant ID/Immunocompromised hosts, Medical Education, Global health, Infection Prevention/Antimicrobial stewardship, Clinical trials
- A Leader in Innovative Medical Education for All Learners
- Home of @WuidQ – the most popular resource of ID teaching on social media
- Home of “Comprehensive Review of Infectious Diseases” – one of the most popular books used for ID board review
- Home of the Washington University Manual (including Infectious Disease Subspecialty Consult)
- Powderly, et al. Infectious Diseases – considered one of the main text books in ID
- Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
We know that fellowship is not where your career ends, rather a launch pad to a successful one. We are committed to guiding and helping you to reach your goals whether it be academia, private practice, or industry.
Why did you choose WashU for your fellowship training?
“The size of the hospital and its catchment area mean the spectrum of diseases that can be seen here is exceptionally broad. I really came to love St. Louis during residency and the mentorship I had from ID faculty was excellent.” – Kevin Montes, MD ’21
“I have always loved ID since medical school in Peru, given the exposure to all the tropical diseases. However, I initially wanted to do Cardiology. Soon in residency and after an ID rotation here in the U.S., I realized again how fun and challenging the bread and butter on ID is. Also the people here are fascinating and smart. Given my epidemiology background, I would like to continue my training on Hospital Epidemiology.” – Miguel A Chavez, MD, MSc ’19
“I strongly believe that in order to give your best, you have to be happy and comfortable. WashU ID made me feel that I could find exactly that in the fellowship program. In addition, Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital is a top-notch medical center with state-of-the-art technology where I am sure there will be infinite opportunities to learn. Finally, the very large number of faculty members with expertise in so many areas of infectious diseases provides an excellent learning environment. I am very excited to continue my training, refining my clinical acumen, and research skills at WashU ID!.” – Luis Parra Rodriguez, MD ’20
“There were many reasons I wanted to come to WUSM, though I think the more important information is how I feel about being here now. The people in our department are an amazing group. It’s been great getting to know everyone over happy hours, meals at attending homes, picnics, and the Angels in America outing. The amount of interest in the fellows and the support the entire department provides us makes for a great training environment. I’m planning on pursuing a combination ID/CCM and would like to investigate infections and antibiotic decision-making in the critically ill.” -Patrick Mazi, MD ’20
“I chose ID at Wash U because of the breadth of experience and patient exposures the program offered. From day one they asked what I wanted and how could they help get me there. Also the faculty across the board are fantastic and were that way from interview day.
– Joe Cherabie, MD, MSc ’20
“First, the open atmosphere of the current ID faculty and fellows followed by the unending basic science research opportunities available” – Patrick Olson, MD, PhD ’20
“The people are awesome, I like that the hospital has a very large referral area with patients from multiple backgrounds (and great pathology!), the flexibility of the program in accommodating our interests, and I can walk to work.” – Abby Sung, MD ’20
“Kind supportive environment, humble yet crazy smart faculty and fellows.” – Priya Pal, MD, PhD ’20