University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

UW Infectious Disease Fellowship Program

Director's Welcome

"We are committed to preparing our postdoctoral fellows for academic and/or clinical careers in the discipline of Infectious Disease. We offer a combined clinical/research fellowship that is two (or more) years in duration, including the required two years of combined clinical and research training for ABIM sub-specialty certification and an optional additional year or longer of full-time research supported by NIH T-32 training grants." Read the division head's welcome.

David Andes, MD
Division Head

Jeannina Smith, MD
Program Director

Dawd Siraj, MD, MPH&TM, FIDSA
Associate Program Director

Rachel Filipiak
Fellowship Coordinator

Mission Statement

To train the next generation of academically-oriented infectious disease specialists by helping fellows to develop diagnostic and management skills as Infectious Disease consultants, conduct patient-oriented research projects, investigate the pathogenesis of infectious disease, and engage in drug discovery and development of anti-infectives.

The Infectious Disease Fellowship Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is devoted to training the world’s top academically-oriented infectious disease specialists. By combining comprehensive training in the field of infectious diseases with unique opportunities for fellows to focus on their own specific areas of interest, the program provides both a strong foundation and customized learning experiences. Fellows collaborate closely with leading physician-scholars to pursue their clinical, research, and educational goals in a nurturing environment. Trainees in the UW Infectious Disease Fellowship Program have opportunities to:

  • Develop diagnostic and management skills needed as an Infectious Disease consultant
  • Develop and complete patient-oriented research projects
  • Investigate the pathogenesis of infectious diseases
  • Investigate drug discovery and development of anti-infectives

Infectious Disease Training Opportunities

Central to the program is the ability to work side-by-side with faculty members to practice critical clinical skills and pursue personal interests in specific areas of infectious disease such as infection control, antimicrobial stewardship, transplant medicine, basic and clinical research in infectious diseases, and management of HIV/AIDS patient populations. Learn more: Watch the videos

Accreditation and Certification

The UW Infectious Diseases Fellowship is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. This fellowship fulfills the requirements for infectious disease training as stated by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Fellows are eligible to take the American Board of Internal Medicine subspecialty examination in infectious diseases upon completion of their fellowship. The historical board pass rate for fellows in this program is 100%.

Program History

The UW Infectious Disease Fellowship Program was founded in 1970. Over 100 graduates have completed the program. Graduates of the UW Infectious Disease Fellowship Program are successfully employed in academic and clinical positions, and over 70% hold academic positions in institutions around the world.

Highlights & Outcomes

Remarkable accomplishments of UW Infectious Disease fellows include an average of four research publications per fellow during their training period; 100% ABIM Board pass rate; and a 100% NIH K award success rate over the last 15 years. Read more