Our mission is to provide the highest quality patient care, to conduct ethical basic and clinical infectious disease research, and to train the next generation of infectious disease clinicians and researchers. We aim to practice medicine in a humanistic and culturally sensitive manner. Our fellows see people from different walks of life and we hope will become sensitive to many of the cultural and economic issues central to the care of our patients.
Our particular areas of expertise are HIV/AIDS, solid organ transplant infections, tuberculosis, orthopedic infections, hepatitis C infection, antimicrobial resistance, emerging pathogens and management of infectious diseases and health disparities in gender and ethnic minorities. Members of our faculty are affiliated with The Center for Emerging Pathogens, the Global Tuberculosis Institute and the Public Health Research Institute which provide additional educational opportunities.
Our fellows rotate through:
University Hospital is one of the nation's leading academic medical centers, and is the Level 1 Trauma Center for Northern New Jersey. Located at University Heights in Newark, University Hospital is a principal teaching hospital of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and a regional resource for advanced services across many medical specialties.
Hackensack University Medical Center
With one of the largest oncology and stem cell transplant programs in the country, Hackensack University Medical Center offers fellows in depth training in infections in cancer and stem cell transplant patients. Additionally, Hackensack University Medical Center is ranked nationally in orthopedics, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, colon cancer surgery, heart failure, and lung cancer surgery.
VA Medical Center
The VA Medical Center provides fellows with multiple educational experiences in antibiotic stewardship, infection control, and HCV care. VA Medical Center specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, General Practice, Infectious Disease, Internal Medicine, Nephrology, Podiatric Medicine and Pulmonary Disease.
The New Jersey Medical School Infectious Diseases fellowship program was established in 1970. Its greatest strength is the diversity of clinical training and research experiences. Over 90 graduates have completed the program, and have gone on to practice nationally and internationally, including in academic and leadership positions.
Training broadly reflects all aspects of Infectious Diseases including HIV infection, viral hepatitis, infections in transplant and cancer patients, neurological and orthopedic infections, eye infections, and traveler’s infections, as well as microbiology and diagnostic infectious diseases, infection control and antimicrobial stewardship. The clinical experiences at the three participating training sites – University Hospital, Hackensack University Medical Center and the VA Medical Center, are strongly complementary. Fellows have many opportunities to learn, to teach, and to develop leadership skills. The Infectious Diseases conference schedule includes weekly Infectious Diseases Case Conference (Grand Rounds), core curriculum didactic sessions, journal club, and research lectures.
Research activities are offered at each of the clinical training sites. The research component of the program has been further strengthened through recruitment of new faculty and growth of the Ruy V. Lourenco Center for the Study of Emerging and Re-emerging Pathogens and the Public Health Research Institute at the International Center of Public Health at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, which is located just two blocks from University Hospital. Outstanding opportunities for fellow training in basic, translational and clinical research are available. All fellows are expected to develop a research project during their fellowship and present their findings at regional and national conferences and to publish in peer-reviewed journals.