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Fellowship - Overview

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

The two-year fellowship has the traditional educational, research and patient care components and is supported by the division's full-time and volunteer faculty that consists of ID physicians, an ID PharmD., and a pathology-trained clinical microbiologist.  Training is based at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH), New Brunswick, NJ, the core clinical teaching site of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ). The fellowship blocks include inpatient consultation services involving (1) general ID and solid organ transplant patients and (2) infections in oncology patients, including leukemia, lymphoma and stem cell transplants; outpatient consultations that include general ID problems; a continuity of care experience; travel medicine; bench or clinical research; a microbiology laboratory rotation; and an optional pediatric ID rotation. In addition, fellows gain experience in infection prevention and hospital epidemiology and in antimicrobial stewardship.  

During the clinical inpatient rotations, the fellow is responsible for the workup of patients referred for ID consultation.  At RWJUH, the general ID service averages three to five new consults per day, with one to two per day on the CINJ oncology ID service.  Each fellow will be on call covering both services approximately one weekend a month, and there is call (from home) every third to fourth night on average.  Fellows participate actively in student and resident training.   Fellows gain outpatient continuity of care experience by partnering with one of the full-time faculty one morning per week in their office practice, caring for patients with a variety of infectious diseases including HIV and Hepatitis C, as well as counseling and immunizing international travelers.    The infectious disease fellowship program was reaccredited in 2015 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 has received the maximum length between reaccreditations. The approximate date of the next ACGME site visit is spring of 2018.


1.  General ID Service – approximately 12 months (2 fellows on service at most times)

2.  Microbiology Month (on-site microbiology laboratory)

3.  CINJ ID Service (focus on bone marrow transplant/leukemia and lymphoma) – approximately 6 months

4.  Research


1.  Case Management Conference

2.  Journal Club

3.  Micro Rounds

4.  Research Seminar

5.  Research in Progress

6.  HIV Conference

7.  Fellows' Conference  

The Hospital

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/stem cell transplant programs; an active Clinical Research Center; sophisticated cardiodynamics; open heart surgery, including assist devices; 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.