Clinical Training

The overriding goal of the University of Minnesota Infectious Diseases Fellowship program is to provide our fellows excellent training in the practice and science of Infectious Diseases. In our program, this is fostered by immersion in patient care at our three dedicated teaching hospitals, our diverse continuity clinics offerings, our ample clinical microbiology experience and robust teaching by our dedicated faculty that includes lectures, case presentations and effective training, feedback, and support for the fellows while on service. Clinical training through our fellowship program will allow each fellow to develop an independent, thoughtful, organized, and flexible approach to the evaluation of patients with a range of symptoms and signs that suggest the presence of an infectious disease, while recognizing and responding to both psychosocial and economic factors that impact on patient care. Fellows will also develop and enhance life-long learning skills that allow them to adapt to the changing spectrum of infectious diseases and their changing management.

University of Minnesota Medical Center

M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Medical Center

M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Medical Center is a premier teaching hospital with nationally and internationally recognized programs. Affiliated with the University of Minnesota's Academic Health Center, the UMMC brings together the faculty, physicians, and research scientists of the University with the services of community physicians to provide care ranging from prevention and primary care to treatment of very complex conditions. The medical center's two campuses are located across from one another on the banks of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. Infections in the immunocompromised host are seen with particular frequency because of the large oncology services and the number of patients receiving organ transplants (bone marrow, kidney, liver, heart, lung, and pancreas). The hospital also has an active emergency room from which patients with a variety of problems are admitted. 

  • U.S. News also ranked the medical center #1 in the Twin Cities metro area.
  • 828 staffed hospital beds
  • >12000 organ transplants; >8000  bone marrow transplants in the last 50 years
  • Seven ID services (Orange, Yellow & Green General ID, SOT and HSCT Transplant ID, West Bank ID and Pediatric ID)
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Hennepin County Medical Center

Hennepin County Medical Center is a busy county hospital centered in downtown Minneapolis. The patient population is comprised of immigrants from a variety of Latin American, African, and Southeast Asian countries as well as local, inner city residents. Infectious disease problems include those that are common in refugee/immigrant populations (e.g., extrapulmonary tuberculosis, neurocysticercosis, and malaria), injection drug users, (e.g., infective endocarditis) and the elderly. The HCMC HIV Clinic is the largest in the state of Minnesota (over 2,000 patients), and the HIV clinical research program is an area of special emphasis for the ID Division. There is also ongoing interest in musculoskeletal infections and in infections in patients in the Critical Care Unit. The regional Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic and public health clinic serving tuberculosis patients and refugees is located near HCMC. The clinical infectious diseases fellowship rotations at HCMC will provide experience in all of these areas.

  • Minnesota’s premier Level 1 Adult Trauma Center and Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center with many nationally recognized programs and specialties
  • 484 staffed hospital beds
  • Two ID Services (ID-1 serving medical consults and ID-2 serving surgical consults)
Minneapolis VA Medical Center

Minneapolis VA Medical Center

The VAMC is an acute medical-surgical hospital which is also a tertiary referral center for the VA in the six-state area.  The hospital is clinically active in areas of renal transplantation, hematology-oncology, and general medicine and surgery, which provide a constant source of interesting and challenging problems for infectious disease consultation.  The infectious diseases section works closely with the clinical microbiology laboratory at the VAMC. Also, Infection Control is an integral component of the VA experience.

  • The Research Service located in the medical center is among the largest and most active in the VA System; there are currently 145 scientists and investigators. 
  • 279 staffed hospital beds

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Outpatient ID Experience: Continuity Clinic

M Health Fairview Clinics and Surgery Center (CSC)

  • Provides world-class care from physicians who are also leaders in infectious disease research
  • Clinic includes specialty trained nurses, social workers and a designated pharmacist
  • Mixture of general ID and HIV patients from around Minnesota

Positive Care Center, Hennepin County Medical Center

  • The Positive Care Center at Hennepin is staffed by a multidisciplinary team committed to providing quality, comprehensive health and psychosocial services to those with HIV and AIDS. The center staff provides education, serves as a community and family resource, and contributes extensively to the advancement of HIV-related knowledge
  • More than 1100 patients seen annually (largest HIV clinic in Minnesota)
  • Services also include an HIV/HCV Co-infection Clinic

Outpatient ID Experience: Additional Ambulatory Clinics

Hennepin County Public Health Clinic

  • The Hennepin County Public Health Clinic is a multi-lingual, multicultural clinic that provides screening and treatment for STIs, HIV testing, TB control services, refugee health screening, immigration exams, family planning and Ryan White HIV services for qualified individuals who are HIV+ and not currently in care  
  • Provides refugee screening for patient from other countries
  • Largest Tuberculosis clinic, serving more than 100 active tuberculosis cases annually
  • Largest and busiest STI clinic in Minnesota

Hennepin County Medical Center Travel Clinic

  • Immigrant and Travel Medicine Clinic
  • Includes patients from more than 30 countries, with a staff of providers with extensive experience practicing both internationally and in the United States

VA Medical Center ID Clinic

  • The Minneapolis VA Medical Center offers a mixture of general ID and HIV patients from the five-state area. 

Clinical Microbiology Training

  • Includes hands-on experience in hospital clinical microbiology laboratories, provided during orientation block
  • In addition, during inpatient consult months, ID fellows participate regularly in “Micro rounds” at each hospital’s clinical microbiology laboratory
    • Includes demonstrations, didactic sessions, and review of clinical test results