The Clinical Scholar Track of the UCLA Multicampus Program in Infectious Diseases is a two year program designed to prepare fellows for clinically-oriented careers in general and transplant infectious diseases, HIV medicine, viral hepatitis, public health, epidemiology, antibiotic stewardship, and infection control.
The first year consists of approximately 7-8 months of inpatient consultation rotations at all affiliated inpatient sites: Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, West Los Angeles VA Medical Center, Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Fellows will also rotate on clinical microbiology and hospital epidemiology rotations. Fellows will also rotate at a wide variety of clinics.
The second year consists of approximately 3-4 months of inpatient consultation rotations with more exposure to transplant infectious diseases, as well as a rotation on the tuberculosis inpatient unit at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center. Much of the second year is devoted to outpatient rotations and completion of scholarly projects.
Upon arrival to UCLA, clinical scholars are asked to identify a concentration area.
Concentration areas provide opportunities for career mentorship and mentorship to pursue scholarly projects in an area of interest specialized to each fellow. Each concentration area has a unique set of offerings ranging from clinical experiences to opportunities for research including, but not limited to, secondary data analysis, quality improvement projects, systematic reviews, case reports or case series, or primary data collection. All fellows are encouraged to embark on scholarly activities early in the first year and submit an abstract to ID Week (typically due late Spring each year). Fellows with accepted abstracts are funded to attend ID Week during their second year of fellowship. Opportunities to pursue focused clinical work and/or scholarly activities are available during outpatient blocks (several ½ days of protected time to be utilized for this purpose), a half-month elective block in the first year, and, as scheduling permits, up to one month of elective time in the second year of fellowship.
Current concentration areas are listed below, with links to detailed information (PDF Files) about each area and email addresses for Faculty Directors.
All fellows participate in weekly multihospital case conferences and textbook chapter reviews as well as attend core curriculum lectures, intramural case conferences, grand rounds, journal clubs, and research seminars.
Fellows graduating from the Clinical Scholar Track have been successful in obtaining clinical academic positions within the United States and overseas as well as positions within the private sector and in public health.