Medical Microbiology Fellowship

Aims Statement

The overall aims of our Medical Microbiology fellowship program are:

  • Provide a comprehensive curriculum consisting of didactics, weeklliy conferences, and rotations through all sections of the clinical microbiology laboratory
  • Teach the pathology of infectious diseases through review of extensive slide sets and correlation with microbiology lab data
  • Teach the pathophysiology of infectious diseases to aid with the selection of tests, interpretation of results and laboratory stewardship
  • Learn the role of the microbiology lab in the healthcare system through clinical consultations with Infectious Diseases and other clinical services and interactions with Infection Prevention and Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Provide opportunities for research, publications and conference participation to encourage a desire for lifelong learning
  • Learn the regulatory aspects of laboratory medicine through didactic sessions, management meetings, committee participation, records review, QI/QA initiatives, new test development, CAP inspector training and lab inspections


The Medical Microbiology Fellowship at UT Southwestern Medical Center is a one year, ACGME accredited program that provides advanced training to prepare pathologists and infectious disease specialists to serve as directors of a clinical microbiology laboratory, consultants for our clinical services, participants on applicable committees and members of the local public health community.

Our graduates possess a thorough understanding of medical microbiology and infectious disease pathology including the selection, validation, and interpretation of conventional and molecular diagnostic tests. Becoming an effective educator, communicator, and consultant are major emphases of the program. Emphasis is also placed on laboratory operations and management. Clinically oriented research is funded and encouraged.

Graduates of the program are eligible for board certification through the American Board of Pathology. The program has staff members of diverse backgrounds and experiences with board certification in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology.

Program Description