Individualized Support

We know mentorship is imperative in guiding the next generation of academically-oriented infectious disease specialists, and we have an individualized mentorship program that promotes fellows’ career planning and development as clinicians, educators and researchers.

Our graduates tout their mentorship as one of the most valuable experiences in our program.

Drs. Lindsay Taylor and Chris Crnich by their ID week poster

Mentorship Structure

You'll match with a set of mentors early in your training through a series of meet and greets and assessment of similar interests.

All fellows have the opportunity for mentors in career guidance, research, quality improvement, and HIV clinical care. If you choose a pathway, you can also work with an additional mentor in that area of specialization.

You'll meet with your mentors regularly based on your needs. These relationships are longitudinal and can ideally evolve into peer mentorship as you progress in your career.

You can also form relationships with mentors outside our fellowship and division through partnerships with the Department of Medical Microbiology & Immunology, the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, School of Pharmacy and School of Nursing.

The Ways We Mentor You

Career Development

Pair with faculty members to support your general career development during training and beyond. Career mentors provide guidance on building a CV and portfolio, applying to jobs, seeking out a career path in the field, and other general guidance as training progresses.

Quality Improvement

Participate in the Department of Medicine’s QI Curriculum for Fellowship and present at the UW Health QI Symposium and/or national meetings.


Our internationally renowned scientists provide mentorship on research design, execution, and dissemination. We offer mentorship opportunities in basic science, clinical research, implementation science, medical education and the social sciences.

Journal Club

You'll present journal club annually as part of our rotating conference series. Your faculty journal club mentor guides critical appraisal of the literature and provides further context for the clinical question at hand.


If you choose to graduate with distinction in a training pathway, you'll collaborate and learn from faculty currently active and working in that area of interest.