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Department of Medicine

   Division of Infectious Diseases

Education and Training


Transplant Infectious Diseases Fellowship



Fellowship Overview

The Transplant Infectious Diseases (TID) fellowship is a one year non-ACGME accredited fellowship. Typically the fellow will spend 24 weeks in clinical training and an additional 24 weeks dedicated for a scholarly project/research. During the clinical training, the fellow will perform standard consultative tasks for inpatients and have a continuity outpatient TID clinic 1 half-day per week.
The fellow will be exposed to a wide array of infections following solid organ transplantation (SOT). In addition to managing acute and chronic infectious complications, the fellow will acquire knowledge in pre-transplant evaluation of infectious risks as well as prophylaxis strategies. The fellow will also attend multidisciplinary rounds, assist in reviewing transplant protocols and learn infection control strategies related to SOT recipients.
Training can be arranged for an additional year of clinical or translational research in TID, provided that grant support is available.

TID Services

The TID service plays a crucial part in a multidisciplinary team approach practice adopted at UPMC. The TID service consists of 2 in-patient rounding teams. The Abdominal TID service includes patients with liver, kidney, pancreas, small bowel and multivisceral transplantation. The Cardiothoracic TID evaluates heart, lung and combined heart-lung recipients along with patients with ventricular assist devices.

The TID fellow will be able to develop expertise in managing bacterial infections (including those caused by multidrug resistant organisms, Nocardia, mycobacteria), various viral infections (including CMV, respiratory viral infections) and invasive fungal infections. In addition to the in-patient TID service, the ID Fellow will have an opportunity to participate in the dedicated TID Clinic that provides pre-transplant evaluations and assessment of infectious risks, vaccinations, evaluation and follow up of recipients with various infectious issues immediately and long-term after transplantation.

TID Didactics

The TID fellows will have the opportunity to attend weekly ID Grand Rounds, weekly Transplant Grand Rounds, weekly TID Clinical Case Conference, monthly TID didactic conference, monthly TID research conference and monthly TID videoconference (a collaborative clinical case conference between TID groups from the Cleveland Clinic, University of North Carolina, University of São Paolo and UPMC). Additional didactic opportunities include the weekly general ID journal club and didactic conference.