One of the most important missions of the University of Arizona Division of Infectious Diseases is to train the next generation of infectious disease physicians.
Our Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program is two years in duration, with an optional third year for additional research training.
Infectious Disease fellows learn to manage a variety of infectious diseases through their rotations in a tertiary care hospital, a community hospital, and a VA medical center. Training in transplant infectious disease management is provided in the second year, and all fellows continuously receive education in antimicrobial stewardship and infection prevention. Fellows also receive outpatient training in treatment of general infectious disease challenges as well as specialty training in the care of patients with HIV infection and coccidiodomycosis (Valley fever). Research activities tailored to the fellows’ career goals are part of the curriculum as well.
Each year, this ACGME-accredited program has openings for two to three (PGY-4 or higher) trainees. Candidates for training must be board-eligible or -certified in internal medicine.
Internal Medicine residents, during their rotation within our division, get an opportunity to work with our faculty in an inpatient and outpatient setting at both Banner – University Medical Center (UMC) Tucson and Banner – UMC South as well as at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System’s flagship Tucson medical center.
In the Infectious Diseases rotation, residents learn to manage common infectious disease-related problems. The rotation consists of patient consultations, ward rounds with an attending physician and clinical pharmacologist; clinical conferences and instruction in the central clinical microbiological laboratory. Residents will be provided a core curriculum outline and current literature references. Scheduled events during the rotation will include infectious disease subspecialty noon conferences (monthly at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System) and infectious disease conferences weekly at Banner – UMC.
Medical Student Education
Medical students at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson participate in a variety of clinical and educational experiences through our division.
They have access to elective courses relating to all subspecialties within the UA Department of Medicine (see those with the prefix “MEDI”)—including infectious diseases. To sign up in OASIS, refer to the UA College of Medicine – Tucson catalog for specific courses and descriptions. Current medical students should also explore related opportunities offered by student clubs (including the UA Internal Medicine Student Association). Learn more at the MedCats website (NetID login required).
Regarding Clerkship and Sub-Internship (Sub-I or SI) opportunities for third- and fourth-years, please contact Lucy Contreras at (520) 626-1574 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Visiting Medical Students
U.S.-Based Medical Students
Visiting Medical Students must apply through the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) in order to be considered for a rotation. Visiting medical students will not start receiving approvals or denials until around May 15th, after schedules have been set for current medical students at the College of Medicine – Tucson.
International Medical Students
Please refer to the current College of Medicine – Tucson policy on international medical students.
For all students who have applied and been approved for an Infectious Disease elective rotation—or residents, you must watch the following videos (please click links below) prior to beginning your rotation in our division:
- Video Presentation – "Introduction to the Petersen HIV Clinic"
Arizona AIDS Education & Training Center
In all three cases above and with providers in the broader clinical community across the state, trainees have access to education and training resources of the Arizona AETC—which is hosted at the UA through the Division of Infectious Diseases. The center is funded through a federal grant and is the local partner of the Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center, which is based at the University of California - San Francisco.