How to Apply

The Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program offered at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson is a clinical track with opportunities for clinical, basic and translational research.

Our program participates in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). For more information please contact our Program Coordinator, Carolyn Bothwell, at 520-626-6405, or Selections will be announced as part of the NRMP Fellowship Match in December. 

The program is accredited by the American Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The overall goal is to prepare trainees to function as competent infectious diseases physicians across a variety of settings, and to meet requirements for the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) certification in Infectious Diseases.

Prerequisites for the application to the Fellowship Program include that the candidates:

  • Be a graduate of a medical school recognized by the ACGME or a graduate of a foreign medical school who has already obtained a standard ECFMG Certificate.
  • Have proof of having passed Part I, Part II and Part III of the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) or COMLEX.
  • Be either board-certified in internal medicine or shall have proof that the candidate will be board-eligible in internal medicine by the time he/she starts the fellowship.
  • Have proof of U.S. citizenship, a valid residency or J-1 visa. This program does not support H1-B visas.

All accepted candidate must obtain an Arizona postgraduate training permit.

Please note, you must apply through ERAS and register for participation in the match through the NRMP Fellowship Medical Specialties Matching Program.

Application Requirements

Your ERAS application will require the following documentation and should be uploaded here.

  • CV (resumé)
  • Three current letters of recommendation
  • A letter / evaluation from the Department Chair or Training Program Director
  • USMLE (must have passed STEPS 1, 2 and 3 to be considered for an interview) or COMLEX scores
  • ECFMG certificate (see “International Medical Graduates,” below)
  • Medical school transcript
  • Certificate of completion (or good standing in) ACGME-accredited residency
  • Personal statement

International Medical Graduates

International Medical Graduates are welcome to apply to the Program. In addition to the above requirements, they must have a standard ECFMG Certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).

Fellows must have either U.S. citizenship, permanent residency status or a valid J-1 visa status. Again, this fellowship program is unable to accept candidates with H1B visas.

Timeline and Deadlines

All applicants are reviewed through ERAS, internal and external candidates alike. The Program reviews all applications and selects the most qualified candidates for an interview.

Important timeframes:

  • June: MyERAS opens for fellowship applicants (click here for MyERAS® Fellowship User Guide)
  • Mid-July: ERAS PostOffice opens to July cycle programs
  • September: Interviews begin.
  • December: Match Results available for July application cycle programs

What to Expect

The ERAS and NRMP websites have information for fellowship application and match registration deadlines. It is generally recommended applicants start gathering application materials in January to be ready to apply by July. It is highly recommended you have taken “Step III” (pre-boards residency exam). ERAS begins transmitting applications to the fellowship programs in early to mid-July. It is highly recommended your application be completed and submitted by this point. The application review process starts the last week of July through August. Interview offers go out shortly after the review process. Interviews occur over a 6-8 week period beginning the last week of August through October (This may vary depending on the application deadlines for ERAS and NRMP.). Rank lists are due in mid-November and the match announcement is in early December.

A Fellow accepts appointment as a Clinical Assistant in the Program. It is understood that appointments at the UA College of Medicine are year-to-year, and subject to annual renewal, pursuant to Chapter 4, University Handbook for Appointed Personnel and the Arizona Board of Regents Policy Manual, 6-301, et seq.


     Carolyn Bothwell
     Senior Program Coordinator
     UA Division of Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program
     Tel: (520) 626-6405
     Fax: (520) 626-5183