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Fellowship Pathways

Our pathway opportunities allow for KU Infectious Diseases fellows to engage in an area of interest with focus and mentorship during their 2-year training.

Given the additional time needed for this engagement in an already comprehensive educational program, fellows may only pursue one pathway at any given time, though depending on the fellow's career goals, individual opportunities between pathways can potentially be arranged.

From a programmatic perspective, we will highlight your participation and completion in a selected pathway at the time of fellowship graduation presuming the following minimum requirements are met:

  • Participation in opportunities: As deemed adequate by the fellowship director
  • Dissemination of scholarship related to your pathway: This can be on a local, regional or national level

Transplant ID Pathway

Pathway Director: Dr. Chelsea Gorsline

Fellows seeking additional training experiences and understanding of the complexities of care of the immunocompromised patient can choose to pursue this instruction via participation in the Immunocompromised/Transplant ID Pathway.

Fellows engaged in the ID Transplant Pathway will receive:

  • Mentored experiences to prepare the trainee for additional fellowship training via Transplant ID Fellowship or to enter a Transplant/Immunocompromised ID clinical practice.
  • Additional 3 blocks of selective time on inpatient Transplant ID teams (SOT/BMT) and protected ambulatory clinic time with Transplant ID faculty.
  • Mentored research experience (project development, completion, and dissemination) for a transplant-related scholarly project 
  • Fellowship support to attend a national meeting (e.g., IDWeek, ATC or ASTCT Tandem) to disseminate transplant-related scholarship 
  • Additional engagement in transplant-related practice training such as participation in interdisciplinary TUKHS committees, completion of American Society of Transplantation’s Comprehensive Trainee Curriculum and donor call simulation  

Clinician Educator Pathway

Pathway Director: Jessica Newman, D.O.

The ID Fellowship Clinician Educator Pathway will provide interested fellows with a foundation, skills, experience and mentorship to be prepared to enter the practice of Infectious Diseases as an equipped clinician-educator. Fellows will receive access to foundational didactics including educational theory, curriculum development and assessment, bedside teaching, educational scholarship and leadership.

Components of the Clinician Educator Pathway include:

  • Curricular exposure to educational theory, curriculum design, beside teaching and scholarship
  • Nomination to the GME "Residents as Teachers" Scholars Program
  • Enrollment in TUKHS Academic Excellence & Development Program
  • Opportunities to contribute along with faculty in curriculum design and assist faculty in teaching roles in UME as well as teach with supervision in GME didactics and/or participate in small group teaching/facilitation sessions
  • Mentored educational scholarship project development, completion and dissemination
  • Opportunity to apply for fellowship sponsorship to attend a national educational meeting

Research-Focused Pathway

Pathway Director: Wissam El Atrouni, M.D.

For trainees actively pursuing careers as an investigator in basic science or clinical research, a research pathway allows for protected time in the schedule to complete clinical research project(s) and/or write a grant proposal.

The research focused pathway allows for an individualized schedule to ensure:

  • Up to six blocks (block = 4 weeks) of protected research time in lieu of the traditional 3 blocks in order to increase productivity of the early research career
  • Opportunity to apply for fellowship sponsorship to attend a national meeting for presentation of work

Public/Community/Global Health Pathway

Pathway Directors: Nathan Bahr, M.D. and Kellie Wark, M.D., MPH

This pathway provides fellows with opportunities for clinical, research, and public health experiences that foster an understanding of the economic, social and political challenges that impact health equity both locally and globally as they relate to infectious diseases. This pathway is meant to be flexible and tailored to the fellow's needs. Below are examples of what the pathway can provide, but fellows will work with their mentor for this pathway to personalize their experience. Pathway participants may have up to three months of elective time outside of their planned research blocks to utilize related opportunities in addition to those longitudinal activities that will occur throughout the fellowship.

Educational opportunities available in this pathway include:

  • Health Disparities-related educational opportunities such as KUMC GME monthly didactic sessions, and ID case conferences and journal club sessions focused on the effect of broader societal issues on infectious diseases.
  • Programmatic support for focused courses on topics related to the pathway. For example, the Harvard global health delivery course (learn more), the University of Minnesota global health course (online and/or in person, learn more), or courses through the KUMC department of population health.
  • Programmatic support to attend and/or present at national or international meetings related to the pathway such as IDSA, CROI, ASTMH, or APHA
  • Community Health Experience such as serving at the JayDoc Free Clinic on a longitudinal basis during KU inpatient consultation rotations in lieu of a half-day of hospital service per week providing urgent and preventative care services addressing social and financial barriers to health care access locally.
  • Elective block(s) with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment in Topeka, KS focused on public health systems, infectious disease control and prevention (STIs, TB, vaccine preventable diseases, etc.), and/or health promotion and epidemiology/public health informatics and health promotion.
  • Additional public health/community/HIV experiences can be accommodated as elective assignments as well in consultation with the fellow's mentor.
  • Global Health Experiences may be pursued in partnership with GME and the Office of International Programs, who has executed agreements with many global partner sites. These experiences will be planned with the fellow's mentor and may be either clinical or research focused. The overall goals are to support the fostering of partnerships to improve global health equity and cultural competency.

Hospital Administrative Infectious Diseases Pathway; Antimicrobial Stewardship and Infection Prevention

Pathway Director: Joanna Kimball, M.D.

Fellows seeking focused experiences and a deeper understanding of Antimicrobial Stewardship (AS) and Infection Prevention (IP) as it pertains to the delivery of Quality Care and Patient Safety in respect to Hospital Administration may elect to pursue this pathway.

Core components of the Hospital Administrative ID Pathway include:

  • IHISelf Study Certificate to provide a refresher on statistical methods
  • Participation in interdisciplinary center-wide committees:
            - Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee
            - Infection Prevention Committee
  • Optional participation in a TUKHS GME Risk Management Elective to better understand the institutional processes and impact of AS and IP
  • Completion of Infectious Diseases Society of America's online Infection Control Course
  • Completion of Infectious Diseases Society of America's online Antimicrobial Stewardship Course
  • Additional antimicrobial stewardship training modules are also available to customize fellows' pathway experience:
    • WHO, Stanford, CDC TRAIN, SHEA, MAD-ID
  • Development and implementation of a QI/IP/AS project with a clear plan for dissemination of work
  • Engage in AS or IP educational opportunities with presentations to the division and other hospital groups (other departments, residency groups, etc.)
  • Opportunity to apply for fellowship sponsorship to attend a national ID meeting (e.g., IDSA, SHEA) to disseminate AS/IP scholarship
Internal Medicine

University of Kansas Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Infectious Diseases Division
Mailstop 1028
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160
Phone: 913-588-4045
Fax: 913-588-3995