Fellowship Program


The University of California, San Francisco offers outstanding fellowship training in Infectious Diseases with great breadth and depth in both clinical infectious diseases and research.  The program offers two tracks, a research track (four fellows per year) and a clinical educator track (one fellow per year).  All fellows spend the first year of the program immersed in robust clinical infectious diseases training.  Following a two-week intensive didactic core curriculum, fellows rotate in four-week blocks on inpatient consult services at three UCSF-affiliated hospitals -- UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco General Hospital, and the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center.   Teams include fellows, students, residents, infectious diseases faculty, and infectious diseases specialty pharmacists.  Longitudinal outpatient experiences are ongoing throughout the year in HIV clinics, General and Transplant Infectious Diseases Clinics, San Francisco Department of Public Health TB Clinic, and the San Francisco Department of Public Health STD Clinic.  Additional educational experiences include rotating on the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Consult Service at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and working alongside microbiologists at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center Microbiology Laboratory.  Fellows participate in at least two hours per week of teaching conferences.   After the first year of training, fellows’ activities differ depending on the track chosen.

Research Track: The second year and beyond are devoted to research in the fellow's area of interest under the guidance of a faculty preceptor. Research training opportunities are vast and are available in the fields of clinical, translational, and basic laboratory sciences.  Fellows are guaranteed support for two years of research, although many go on to pursue additional time in their research training posititions.   Education in research methods may be obtained through the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health Master of Public Health Degree or the UCSF Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics via the Advanced Training in Clinical Research Certificate Program or Master’s Degree Program in Clinical Research.   Fellows engaged in research are often supported by one of the following NIH-funded training grants:

  • UCSF Biology of Infectious Disease (PI - Henry Chambers)
  • Traineeship in AIDS Prevention Studies  (PI - Susan Kegeles)
  • Training in HIV Translational Research (PI - Diane Havlir)
  • Clinical Pharmacology; Drug Action and Pharmacogenetics (PI - Esteban Burchard)
  • Microbial Pathogenesis and Host Defense (PI - Joanne Engel)

Clinical Educator Track:  The second-year is devoted to (1) enhancing the fellow’s clinical expertise in the care of immunocompromised hosts (with and without HIV infection), (2) obtaining formal training in medical education, and (3) engaging in scholarly activity.  The clinical program in the second year includes inpatient time on the HIV consult service at San Francisco General Hospital as well as additional dedicated time on the Transplant Infectious Diseases Consult Service at UCSF Medical Center.  Ambulatory experiences include an HIV continuity care clinic at San Francisco General Hospital (“Ward 86”) as well as Transplant Infectious Diseases Clinic at UCSF Medical Center.  Formal training in educational methods may be obtained through the Pathways Program for Health Professions Education.  Scholarly activities include development of educational curricula, clinical research, writing a scholarly review, and/or participation in quality improvement projects. Fellows will have access to internationally renowned medical educators within the Division of Infectious Diseases and Department of Medicine, as well as the larger UCSF community. If you are interested in learning more about the Clinical Educator Track, please click here to access our FAQ document.

Antimicrobial Stewardship(AS)/Infection Control(IC) Track: The AS/IC Track is available as a 2-year clinical AS/IC track or 3-year research AS/IC track. Both tracks provide advanced training in antimicrobial stewardship and infection control through didactics, hands-on practical training, and scholarly projects. The 3-year research track is designed for fellows interested in advanced training in clinical research through additional coursework/degrees while completing a mentored research project. Applicants interested in the 2-year track would apply via the Clinician Educator Track and the 3-year track via the Research Track in ERAS. Fellows would complete the standard clinical requirements during the first two years of training. Additional details about this track are outlined here.

Brian S. Schwartz, MD – Program Director
Harry Lampiris, MD – Associate Program Director
Natalie Williams-Munger– Fellowship Coordinator