Welcome to the UAB Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program

Mission Statement:

The program’s mission is to prepare fellows for independent practice as clinicians, clinician-educators, and physician-scientists. Our learning environment, which includes nationally recognized leaders and experts in infectious diseases, a growing faculty, and excellent facilities, affords opportunities for professional exploration and development.

Program Aims:

We aim to develop clinically astute and curious infectious diseases experts capable of practicing in any desired practice type. Fellows in our training program have the opportunity to see and learn the breadth of common and rare infectious diseases in a variety of inpatient and ambulatory settings.

The division seeks to remain up-to-date on literature through a variety of educational conferences, with the goal of fellow development and education at the core of what we do. The faculty provide multiple layers of mentorship to ensure our fellows achieve their varied career goals.

Faculty provide research expertise and mentorship across the spectrum of basic, translational, and clinical research. As the division with the most research revenue/income/dollars across the department of medicine, we are well positioned to help fellows produce scholarly work in their area of interest as well as prepare them for a future as a grant-funded physician scientist if so desired.

Nathan Erdmann, MD, PhD

Nathan Erdmann, MD, PhD

An Infectious Diseases Fellowship at UAB offers a unique breadth of experiences. We function as a referral center for the much of the state and the institution houses a large HIV clinic and transplant center leading to opportunities to see a wide variety of cases and advanced pathology. Our division has long excelled in education, actively participating house staff education and consistently recognized by residents for their experiences. This is in no small part because of the engagement of our fellows in education. The clinical opportunities are complemented by a faculty nationally recognized for their work in areas including HIV, STIs, immunology and mycology. You will also find an open door policy across the Division and Institution as faculty consistently make time for trainees and are open to collaborative initiatives. Whatever your interests, there are ample opportunities both clinically and in research to get the necessary training necessary for the next steps in your career.

Jodie Dionne-Odom, MD, MSPH

Jodie Dionne-Odom, MD, MSPH

UAB is an incredibly supportive place to train in Infectious Diseases. All of our new trainees are paired with an experienced faculty research mentor based on their area of interest to design and conduct a scholarly project during fellowship. These projects allow fellows to gain expertise in a specific niche and work with a team to generate and publish new discoveries. Given the rich diversity of our field and patient populations along with the myriad interests of a large and highly productive division, opportunities abound to delve into basic science, clinical outcomes, or global health research.

Inpatient Clinical Training Sites:

University Hospital:

The main University Hospital on the UAB Medicine campus holds 1,157 beds and encompasses all of the services expected of a tertiary care academic center. UAB his home to growing programs within solid organ and stem cell transplantation, comprehensive cancer care, complex structural cardiology, and busy surgical services as well as status as a Level 1 trauma center. With a catchment area that spans the entire state as well as portions of neighboring states, patients come from great distances to seek the care provided by UAB Medicine. There are three ID teaching teams at University Hospital, two focused on general infectious diseases and a third service with a focus on immunocompromised (transplant, chemotherapy, rheumatologic conditions, and more) patients. Each team is comprised of 1 attending, 1 fellow, and rotating medical residents and students. Additionally two infectious diseases trained pharmacists and a PGY-2 ID pharmacy resident rotate with the teams to provide support and education.

Highlands Hospital:

Located just one mile from University Hospital, Highlands Hospital offers a slightly different ID experience with a focus on orthopedics and general medicine patients. Fellows have the opportunity to rotate during the second year with an increased focus on general infectious diseases in a more community hospital-like setting. The consult team here is structured differently with 1 attending and 1 nurse practitioner that the rotating fellow would join. 

Birmingham VA Medical Center:

Our VA Medical Center is situated within the physical footprint of the UAB Medicine campus and directly across the street from the academic ID offices. The BVAMC holds 313 beds and provides care for veterans living in the northern third of the state. The team is comprised of an attending, fellow, and an ID pharmacist.

Outpatient Clinical Training Sites:

Continuity Clinic is split between the 1917 HIV Clinic and the Highlands General ID Clinic over the course of two years. This occurs logistically by alternating weeks at each site to ensure the full breadth of ambulatory infectious diseases can be experienced and learned.

1917 HIV Clinic:

The 1917 clinic cares for approximately 4,000 patients living with HIV providing a range of medical services in addition to HIV care. The clinic is also home to viral hepatitis clinics, PrEP Clinic, office-based opioid treatment (OBOT) clinic, and several medical specialties that also host clinics on site to provide comprehensive care for our patients. Fellows are paired with the same attending throughout their time in continuity clinic. For more information about the 1917 Clinic, please see their website.

Highlands General ID Clinic:

The Highlands General ID Clinic provides a site for community referrals for initial infectious diseases evaluation as well as outpatient follow-up for patients seen by the inpatient consult services. Similar to the HIV clinic experience, fellows here are paired with a single attending for the course of their time in fellowship.

Birmingham VA Infectious Diseases Clinic:

Fellows rotate through this clinic during their first year clinic months. The clinic cares for all variety of infectious diseases: HIV, general infectious diseases, and immunocompromised/transplant patients.

Additional Available Outpatient Experiences:

  • Jefferson County Department of Health – Sexual Health Clinic and Tuberculosis Clinic
  • Transplant Infectious Diseases Clinic
  • Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Clinic
  • Viral Hepatitis Clinic
  • Transgender Health Clinic
  • Student Health Clinic
  • Limb Salvage Clinic (pending)

We are dedicated to providing the highest quality care to our patients, providing an interdisciplinary research environment, and promoting growth and awareness throughout our faculty and staff.

The Division of Infectious Diseases is involved in various activities relating to the traditional academic missions of education, patient care and research. The Division consists of 48 full-time and two emeritus faculty, nine fellows and 130 support staff; including: administrators, office associates and assistants, fiscal/grant specialists, technicians, study coordinators and study nurses.

Research

We are internationally recognized for fostering an interdisciplinary research environment that relies on strong relationships between investigators in the basic sciences, clinical research, bioinformatics, and epidemiology and bio-statistics. These interactions create opportunities for discovery and implementation science aimed at advancing the prevention and management of infectious diseases.

Education

Throughout the Division, we have many enriching and educational opportunities for our faculty and trainees. We are proud to also host national and international programs specializing in tropical medicine and STD/HIV prevention. 

Patient Care

We are dedicated to providing compassionate care for all of our patients. With multiple clinics across the UAB Medicine campus, we provide patients with a complete range of primary and specialty care services.