Education and Training

The Duke Division of Infectious Diseases is committed to training the next generation of infectious disease specialists about how to treat and to conduct rigorous research into infectious diseases as they affect the global community.

Students, residents, and fellows gain valuable clinical experience treating a variety of the infectious disease cases presented at Duke, and they have extensive opportunity to treat patients with HIV and AIDS who seek care at the Duke AIDS Research and Treatment (DART) Center.

Clinical and basic science research in infectious disease is a major focus of the division's training program. Residents and fellows have the opportunity to conduct basic and clinical research with some of the leading infectious disease investigators in the world. They also have the opportunity to travel abroad and conduct research and treat patients suffering from infectious diseases not present and active in the U.S.

Learn more about our education and training opportunities.

Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program

The focus of the Duke Division of Infectious Diseases fellowship program is academic, emphasizing clinical and basic science research.

Fellows have the opportunity to research subjects related to infectious disease and conduct their research in conjunction with some of the leading infectious disease experts in the world.

Trainees will undertake two years of full-time research training, either in a research laboratory supervised by one of the division faculty or by participating in formal course work in addition to the pursuit of a clinical research project.

Examples of infectious disease research tracks include:

  • Immunology
  • Basic microbiology
  • Health care epidemiology and infection prevention
  • Staphylococcal and major invasive infections
  • Tuberculosis and mycobacterial infections
  • Transplant infectious diseases
  • Fungal Diseases

Additional Fellowship Opportunities

For fellows who are interested in training for a career in the growing field of AIDS research and treatment, Duke offers the Interdisciplinary Research Training Program in AIDS (IRTPA), which allows fellows to choose an AIDS-related focus of research and train with one of Duke’s expert AIDS researchers.

Contact: Nathan Thielman, MD

Learn more about the Interdisciplinary Research Training Program in AIDS

Fellows interested in international medicine can apply to participate in the International Health Track where they will spend one to two years in Moshi, Tanzania, performing research about HIV infection and HIV-associated co-infections.

Contact: Nathan Thielman, MD, or Chris Woods, MD

Learn more about the International Health Track

The division offers fellows the opportunity to specialize in medical microbiology. A core component of this program is to emphasize service, teaching, and research, so the curriculum is set up to foster these main areas.

Learn more about the Medical Microbiology Program

The division offers a unique program for fellows interested in Transplant and Immuno-compromised medicine.

Contact: Barbara Alexander, MD

Learn more about the Transplant and Immuno-compromised Host Program

Internal Medicine Residency Program

Residents enrolled in Duke's Internal Medicine Residency Program can choose to do an elective in infectious diseases where they will learn how to treat patients with a variety of infectious diseases and how to conduct research devoted to stopping the spread of infectious disease.

Other Residency Opportunities

Residents who are interested in infectious diseases and international health have the opportunity to participate in a Global Health Residency Program. This program allows residents to extend their residency in internal medicine by one year in order to gain specific global health core competencies.

Residents will live for up to nine months in another country, engaging in mentored clinical and research activities.