The required two-year training program is designed to offer the fellow comprehensive clinical training experiences and flexible research opportunities.
The first year of fellowship is a clinical year divided into thirteen 4 week blocks. During this year, the fellow will spend:
- Three blocks on the Mount Sinai General ID-HIV consultation service
- Three blocks on the Elmhurst ID consultation service
- Four blocks on the Mount Sinai Transplant ID consultation service divided into:
- Two blocks on Solid Organ Transplant ID consultation service
- Two blocks on Bone Marrow Transplant/Oncology ID consultation service
- Two blocks on the Mount Sinai Inpatient HIV medicine service
- One block of Clinical Microbiology Laboratory training
The second year of fellowship is primarily a research year. Fellows interested in additional training in transplant infectious diseases have the option to complete our new Transplant Infectious Disease (TID) Track during their second year. The curriculum for this track is described separately below. All second year fellows will have the following clinical responsibilities:
- One two week rotation on General ID-HIV consultation or Elmhurst ID consultation service
- One block on the Mount Sinai Inpatient HIV medicine (not applicable to the TID track)
- Outpatient Infectious Disease Clinic at Elmhurst Hospital (half day clinic on Mondays through which second year fellows rotate; one half day per month on average)
- One week of outpatient clinic sessions focusing on Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) and pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP/PEP) for HIV at Elmhurst Hospital
Each fellow has a weekly continuity clinic at either Mount Sinai or Elmhurst Hospital for the entirety of the two-year fellowship.
Fellows learn infection prevention/hospital epidemiology and antimicrobial stewardship throughout their fellowship and will do a total of four weeks with our Antimicrobial Stewardship Program and Infection Prevention/Hospital Epidemiology teams during their second years.
All fellows will be given guidance and opportunity to pursue scholarly projects during their training. During their first year of fellowship, fellows are assigned a faculty advisor to help with career development and to discuss the fellow’s clinical and research interests. Fellows will also attend quarterly research meetings as a part of their core lecture series; these meetings have been designed to help first fellows identify an area of interest, formulate a research question, and develop a study design and to allow second year fellows to present their research and receive feedback. Research lunches are scheduled in the second half of the academic year to introduce fellows to faculty projects and to inform them of potential scholarly opportunities. Fellows are given protected time during their second year to pursue their scholarly projects according to their areas of interests.
Potential areas for scholarly activity for fellows at Mount Sinai include but are not limited to:
- Antimicrobial stewardship and antibiotic resistance
- Clinical and translational research including behavioral, epidemiology, genomics and interventional trials
- HIV laboratory research including pathogenesis, therapeutics and vaccine development
- Host pathogen interactions
- Infection control & prevention and hospital epidemiology
- Molecular diagnostics and epidemiology
- Transplant infectious disease
- Virology including coronavirus (SARS CoV2), CMV, flaviviruses, influenza, hepatitis
Fellows will also gain experience in quality improvement projects during their fellowship and will be able to pursue activities in medical education with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, both in the classroom and in the clinical settings.
Fellows have the option of a third year of fellowship which would be fully dedicated to research if this is in line with their career path.
The Transplant Infectious Disease (TID) Track is an optional training path for fellows interested in a career in transplant infectious diseases.
Ambulatory: During their second year, TID fellows will attend one half day session per week at the transplant ID clinic except when the fellow is on an inpatient consults service.
Inpatient: Fellows on the TID track will spend a minimum of two 4 week blocks on Solid Organ Transplant ID and two 4 week blocks on BMT/Oncology ID consult service during their second year of fellowship training. This will give TID track fellows a total of 4 months of Organ Transplant ID and 4 months of BMT/Oncology ID consult services during their two years of fellowship.
Call schedule: Fellows selected for the TID track will not be required to do any additional weekday or weekend call aside from the call days assigned to them as part of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Infectious Disease Fellowship.
- The TID track fellow will be required to participate in scholarly projects related to transplant infectious diseases under guidance of a dedicated mentor from among the transplant ID faculty.
- Time allotted for scholarly work will be flexible, depending on the time required for completion of ACGME core rotations/activities; and time spent on the transplant ID clinical services.
- The ID fellows will be expected to present their scholarly work at the end of their second year of fellowship and will be encouraged to submit an abstract to a relevant national or international meeting and prepare a manuscript for publication in a peer reviewed medical journal.
- Fellows on the TID track will participate in other TID educational opportunities, including attending weekly TID meetings and monthly TID research meetings.
This track has been developed by Dr. Sarah Taimur, Director of the Transplant ID Fellowship Track, and Dr. Meenakshi Rana, Director of Transplant ID, under the guidance of Dr. Mikyung Lee, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Infectious Disease Fellowship Program Director. Fellows on this track mentored by Dr. Taimur and Dr. Rana and will be directly supervised by our Transplant ID faculty when on the TID services.