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Fellowship - Overview

Fellowship Program Director:
Susan E. Boruchoff, MD, Professor of Medicine

The fellowship has the traditional educational, research and patient care components and is supported by the division's fulltime and clinical faculty, which consists of infectious diseases' physicians, infectious diseases' Pharm D., and pathology. Training is based at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH), New Brunswick, NJ, the core clinical teaching site of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS), and at Jersey Shore University Medical Center (JSUMC), Neptune, NJ, a major clinical affiliate of RWJMS. The fellowship blocks include inpatient consultation services involving general infectious diseases and infections in leukemia, lymphoma, stem cell transplant and solid organ transplant patients; outpatient consultations that include general infectious disease problems; a continuity of care experience; travel medicine; bench or clinical research; a microbiology laboratory rotation; and an optional pediatric infectious disease rotation. In addition, fellows gain experience in infection prevention and hospital epidemiology and in antimicrobial stewardship. ┬áDuring the clinical inpatient rotations, the fellow is responsible for the workup of patients referred for infectious disease consultation. At RWJUH, the service averages three to four new consults per day.  At JSUMC, the service averages five to six new consults per day (the fellow dividing the workload with the attending and a PGY 3 resident). ┬áThere is call every third day on average at RWJUH and no call at JSUMC. Fellows participate actively in student and resident training at both hospitals.

Our subspecialty stresses outpatient - as well as inpatient - experience. Outpatient infectious disease is taught in two locations:

(1) Continuity of care experience in the Clinical Academic Building (CAB-5), which houses the office practice of the fulltime faculty caring for patients with a variety of infectious diseases, including HIV and Hepatitis C, as well as counseling and immunizing international travelers.

(2) STD clinic at JSUMC attended by the fellow on service at that site.

The Infectious Disease Fellowship Program was reaccredited in 2007 by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and was commended for its demonstrated substantial compliance with the ACGME's requirements for graduate medical education. This program received the maximum length between reaccreditations. The approximate date of the next ACGME site visit is May 2017.

Rotations:

(1) General ID service - Six months (RWJUH); Six months (JSUMC)

(2) Microbiology - One month

(3) Bone marrow transplant/leukemia and lymphoma service

(4) Research

Conferences:

(1) Case management conference

(2) Journal Club

(3) Micro rounds

(4) Research seminar

(5) Research in progress

(6) HIV conference

(7) Fellows' conference

The Hospitals

RWJUH is the 610-bed primary teaching hospital of RWJMS and a major referral facility in central New Jersey. The hospital offers numerous tertiary care services, which include the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey; heart, kidney, pancreas and bone marrow transplant programs; an active Clinical Research Center; sophisticated cardiodynamics; open heart surgery; a regional hemophilia program; a comprehensive breast center; a reproductive endocrinology and infertility center; Level 1 trauma services with a heliport and a shock-trauma unit; and a children's hospital, which is attached to the main hospital.

JSUMC is a full-service, 646-bed teaching hospital that is a major teaching affiliate of the medical school. Located in Neptune near the New Jersey shore and about 45 minutes southeast of New Brunswick, the hospital draws from a demographically diverse catchment area. The varied patient population is enhanced also by the hospital's status as a major referral center for interventional cardiology, EPS and open heart surgery; renal dialysis; trauma; high-risk maternal-fetal medicine; Lyme disease; and HIV infection.