Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program

Doisy Research Center Sharon Frey, MD
Program Director
Professor of Internal Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology

Getahun Abate, MD, PhD
Associate Program Director
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology

Fellowship Program Contact:
Tonya Vernon
Administrative Assistant/Fellowship Program Coordinator
1100 S. Grand Blvd., 8th Floor DRC
St. Louis, MO 63104
Ph 314-977-9044 / Fx 314-771-3816

The Saint Louis University Infectious Disease Fellowship Program is fully accredited by the ACGME. The overall goal of the program is to prepare the trainee for a career as an Infectious Diseases subspecialist certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. The duration of the subspecialty training is two years and consists of clinical and research training. Additional research training is available. All application must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application service (ERAS). Interviews are scheduled by invitation from August - November. Fellowship positions are filled through the match (NRMP).

The Division of Infectious Diseases utilizes the

  • SSM Saint Louis University Hospital
  • SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital
  • St. Louis Veterans' Administration Medical Center (John Cochran Division)
  • New Hope Clinic and other clinics for selected rotations. The patient population includes a wide variety of infectious disease problems.

    The patient population we see includes a wide variety of infectious disease problems. At Saint Louis University Hospital, active programs in transplantation (liver, kidney, pancreas, and bone marrow / stem cell) provide a broad experience in unusual and opportunistic pathogens in addition to routine medical problems of general internal medicine inpatients. Additional experience in surgical infectious diseases is gained by consultation on trauma, neurosurgical, orthopedic, and general surgery patients. The ID Clinic sees a variety of issues based on our geographic location such as Histoplasma and Blastomyces, as well as HIV, osteomyelitis and other routine ID diagnoses.

Conference Schedule

Monday 8:00 am

Journal Club / Microbiology Conference

Wednesday 8:00 am

Research Conference

Wednesday 12pm

Fellows' Conference on ID Topics

Friday 7:30 am

Internal Medicine Grand Rounds

Friday 11:00 am

Clinical Infectious Disease Conference


General Program Schedule

The year is broken down into 13 4-week blocks. Each fellow maintains a half-day ID clinic each week. Fellows do, on average, 13 blocks of inpatient ID consultation over the 2 years. In the first year, one block of Microbiology and one block of Infection Prevention is done. In the second year, one block of Pediatric ID (at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital) and one block of Antimicrobial Stewardship are done. Infection Prevention and Antimicrobial Stewardship are done at the St. Louis VA Medical Center. Fellows also take turns in the Hepatitis C Clinic at the VA one half-day per week when they are not on the inpatient service.

Research Track
Fellows interested in a research track will do a total of 3-4 years with the extra blocks being spent on research time.

ID – Critical Care
Fellows have the option to do a combined fellowship with critical care (ID-CC), with the critical care year done after the 2 years of ID. The one-year critical care fellowship is at Mercy in St. Louis . Applicants interested in the combined ID-CC Fellowship need to notify the ID Program Director so necessary interviews can be done and application materials can be reviewed by the Mercy Critical Care Program as well. The Critical Care Fellowship is not done through the Match, and special arrangements will be made for applicants to meet both ID and Critical Care faculty.

How to Apply to SLU:
Applications for fellowship are accepted according to the ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service) schedule and should be submitted through the ERAS website More information for those applying for fellowships can be found at the AAMC website . Two fellows are selected each year.

Internal Fellowship Website Link: