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 Santa Monica Medical Center, 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.
The second year consists of approximately 4-5 months of general inpatient consultation rotations with more exposure to transplant infectious diseases, neurosurgical infections and antimicrobial stewardship, with several opportunities available to tailor the second year experience to career interests and goals.
In both years, fellows will spend approximately 3-4 months on outpatient blocks that include built-in time to work on academic projects.
Upon arrival to UCLA, clinical scholars are exposed to a variety of areas of interest that provide opportunities for career mentorship and mentorship to pursue scholarly projects specialized to each fellow’s career goals. Each area of interest 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 a scholarly activity early in the first year that culminates in a Grand Rounds presentation near the end of the year. This project is then expected to be presented at IDWeek and/or published during the second year. In addition to several ½ days of protected time during outpatient blocks to be utilized for this purpose, two weeks of elective in the first year and four weeks of elective in the second year are available to work on projects or explore other enrichment opportunities, including international experiences, away rotations, or focused sub-subspecialties of infectious diseases.
Current areas of interest with affiliated faculty members are listed below:
All fellows participate in weekly core didactics and interact with each other and faculty in multihospital case conferences as well as intramural case conferences, grand rounds, journal clubs, board review sessions, 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.