Accredited Postgraduate Fellowship Programs in Medical Microbiology and Immunology - CPEP

The Committee on Postgraduate Educational Programs (CPEP) is responsible for ASM's accreditation activities. Accreditation of a fellowship program is granted following an on-site inspection to document compliance with standardized Essentials and Guidelines that all programs must follow. Reaccreditation occurs every seven years. Training in CPEP-approved programs is open to postdoctoral-level candidates (e.g., Ph.D., M.D., Sc.D., D.O., and Dr. P.H.).

CPEP-approved fellowship programs prepare scientists and physicians for leadership roles in the clinical microbiology or immunology professions. Many program graduates find employment in clinical microbiology or immunology laboratories where they become involved in patient care through daily interaction with other medical staff, infection control practitioners, clinical pharmacists, and healthcare administrators. In addition, graduates work in public health laboratories, university or industrial research programs, or college or university educational settings. CPEP graduates are active in the discovery, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of infectious and immune mediated diseases, combating the emergence of antimicrobial resistance, investigating potential world pandemics, responding to and preventing bioterrorism events, and leading epidemiologic investigations of local outbreaks. Postdoctoral candidates interested in these challenges should investigate training offered in CPEP-accredited programs. Programs are located in medical centers in locations around the U.S.

The usual length of the training is two years but may vary depending on the background of the fellow. Fellows in clinical microbiology learn diagnostic bacteriology, mycology, parasitology and virology, methods in antimicrobial testing, and techniques used in the molecular diagnosis of infectious diseases. Specifics about the clinical microbiology training is available in the training Essentials. Fellows in medical immunology learn testing for patients with malignancies, immunodeficiencies, autoimmune disease, allergy, and infectious diseases, as well as for patients treated with transplantation. Specifics about the medical immunology training is available in the training EssentialsAll fellows receive research training and conduct original or collaborative research in conjunction with their clinical training. In addition, fellows study laboratory management, epidemiology, public health and laboratory safety.

Postdoctoral training in a CPEP-approved program is the best first step toward an exciting career. Board certification is required for most medical laboratory positions and provides peer recognition. If you wish to contact a board certified medical microbiologist or immunologist in your area to discuss professional opportunities, please send an email to CPEP with your contact information. A program graduate will contact you. This contact may be a helpful step toward understanding and selecting a postgraduate career path.