Medical Microbiology Fellowship

Overview

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.

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Program Description

The bulk of the fellowship takes place at Parkland Hospital with additional rotations at William P. Clements Jr. University HospitalChildren’s Medical Center Dallas and the Dallas County Health Department. The goals of the fellowship will be achieved as follows:

1. Content expert:

  • Comprehensive curriculum consisting of didactics (Pathology and Infectious Disease)
  • Review of extensive slide sets of bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites, and a wide array of histopathologic specimens
  • Daily sign-out with attendings
  • Daily report review
  • Culture review
  • Rotations through all sections of the microbiology lab.

2. Consultant:

  • Fields calls for consultation from all hospital services
  • Acts as a steward of lab services through review of the send out test queue
  • Serves as a consultant by reviewing histopathology to assist with correlation of microbiology lab findings.
  • Acts as a liaison between the lab and clinical services
  • Assists technologists in determining the significance of lab test results

3. Productive Committee Member:

  • Formal rotation with infection prevention
  • Formal rotation with antimicrobial stewardship
  • Attendance at monthly meetings.
  • Opportunities to participate in other committees as needed.

4. Educator/Communicator:

  • Participation in infectious disease conferences – Attendance and interaction with the infectious disease division, participating in their didactic lecture series, case conferences and Grand Rounds
  • Plate rounds – A weekly opportunity to share recent cases and important morphologic/microscopic characteristics of important human pathogens.
  • Education of residents and medical students in the form of formal lectures and informal training while residents and medical students rotate on service.
  • Continuing education for technologists
  • Other hospital personnel as needed – Occasional opportunities for presentations to pharmacy, internal medicine or other departments arise throughout the year.

5. Manager:

  • Attend all management meetings and the management lecture series.
  • Involvement in laboratory inspections, selection and verification of new tests, quality assurance
  • Assist with budgeting/purchasing.
  • Assist with preparations for laboratory inspections

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Research

Ample time and funds are available for clinically oriented research projects within the lab or with our clinical colleagues with the hope that these may lead to publication, presentation at a meeting or a quality improvement initiative.

Requirements

Prospective candidates must be BE/BC in anatomic and/or clinical pathology or pediatric or adult infectious diseases. Candidates must be eligible for a medical license to practice in Texas by the beginning of the Fellowship Program. At this time we do not accept H1b visas.

Benefits

  • Financial support to attend conferences
  • Educational funds
  • Laptop
  • Additional benefits dependent upon program

Faculty