CPEP-Approved Postgraduate Fellowship Programs

CPEP accredits postdoctoral fellowship programs in medical laboratory immunology and in medical and public health laboratory microbiology. Programs are listed by specialty below.

Programs in Medical Laboratory Immunology

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Chicago Area Clinical Immunology Training Program
3333 Green Bay Road
North Chicago, IL 60064
Program Director: Kenneth Beaman, kbeaman@aol.com

The training provides the fellow a unique opportunity to learn the skills, knowledge and experience necessary to become a successful medical laboratory immunologist from three different perspectives.  The training program involves a series of rotations through the various laboratory sections at the Clinical Immunology Laboratory of the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Department of Pathology, Evanston Hospital and Children's Memorial Hospital, Department of Medicine, Clinical Immunology Laboratory.  In addition to the rotations through the particular laboratories, courses in Laboratory Administration and Clinical Medicine will be included. The program is not accepting applications at this time.

University of North Carolina Hospitals, Immunology
Clinical Microbiology/Immunology Laboratory
Room 1035 East Wing (CB#7600)
UNC Hospitals, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Program Director: John Schmitz, jschmitz@unch.unc.edu

The University of North Carolina Hospital's program offers training in all areas of Clinical Immunology.  Fellows receive training in all sections of the Clinical Immunology (Infectious Disease, Autoimmune Disease, and Allergy Testing), Transplant Services (Histocompatibility, Flow Cytometry, and Stem Cell Processing), and Molecular Diagnostics (Microbiology, Molecular Pathology) laboratories. Frequent interaction with physicians during rounds, clinical conferences, and consultations contributes extensively to the in depth of training provided. Fellows also receive laboratory management training and have the opportunity to participate in clinical and translational research with infectious disease, transplant and pathology faculty. The program is not accepting applications at this time.

University of Utah Medical Center, Immunology
Department of Pathology
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
Program Director: Anne Tebo
Please direct inquiries to Mishka Foster at mishka.foster@aruplab.com

The University of Utah program offers a comprehensive, academically-oriented fellowship training program in clinical (medical laboratory) immunology accredited by the American College of Microbiology Committee of Postgraduate Educational Programs (CPEP). This program also lays emphasis in the major areas of clinical and diagnostic immunology services, such as test utilization and interpretation, laboratory administration, teaching and research. The clinical facilities of the Laboratory of Immunology at ARUP Laboratories include Protein, Allergy, Autoimmune Disease Serology, Microbial Serology, Cellular and Innate, Flow Cytometry, and Hepatitis and Retrovirus Serology sections. The training in Public Health Serology at the Utah Department of Public Health (UDPH) combined with a fellow rotation through clinical laboratories at ARUP Laboratories and the Histocompatibility and Immunogenetic Laboratory at the University of Utah will provide considerable expertise to our fellows. Fellows also have the opportunity to participate in state-of-the-art clinical and translational research with infectious disease, rheumatology, transplant and pathology faculty onsite. For more information, including application requirements, please visit http://www.path.utah.edu/education/fellowships/immunology. The program is not accepting applications at this time. Applications for a position that will begin in July 1, 2016 will be accepted from July 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015.

Programs in Medical and Public Health Laboratory Microbiology

Completion of a two-year, CPEP-approved postdoctoral training program in medical and public health laboratory microbiology qualifies fellows to take the American Board of Medical Microbiology (ABMM) examination without the requirement to accumulate additional work experience. Individuals who have not completed a two-year, CPEP-accredited program must complete three years of acceptable postdoctoral work in a clinical microbiology laboratory before they are eligible. For more information about ABMM certification, please visit http://www.asm.org/abmm.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Department of Pathology
330 Brookline Ave – YA 309
Boston, MA 02215
Program Director: James Kirby, jekirby@bidmc.harvard.edu

The goal of the program is to train fellows to assume leadership roles in academic, tertiary care, and public health microbiology laboratories. Philosophically we believe that this education is best accomplished through hands-on instruction in microbiological methods, direct participation in the consultative and administrative activities of the microbiology laboratory, and participation in activities of the infectious diseases, pharmacy, and infection control/hospital epidemiology departments. Fellows will also rotate at Children's Hospital Boston and the Massachusetts State Laboratory to gain a comprehensive education experience that includes adult, pediatric, and public health microbiology. Applications for a position that will begin in July 2015 will be accepted from September 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014.  However, due to internal funding limitations, the program is only accepting fellows who will have funding provided by third party organizations for salary, benefits, and all other associated expenses related to fellowship training. 

Indiana University School of Medicine
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Division of Clinical Microbiology
IU Health Pathology Laboratory
350 West 11th Street, Room 6027
Indianapolis, IN 46202-4108
Program Director: Gerald Denys, gdenys@iupui.edu

The Medical and Public Health Laboratory Microbiology Fellowship program offers doctoral-level fellows comprehensive training in clinical, molecular, and public health microbiology. Through a combination of didactic lectures, hands-on bench rotations, formal journal clubs, clinical consultations, and daily interactions with healthcare professionals, fellows will acquire knowledge and skills that are essential for directing clinical and public health microbiology laboratories. Training is primarily based at the Indiana University Health Pathology Laboratory (IUHPL), a modern, state-of-the-art, and centralized testing facility that serves numerous IU Health healthcare providers. Fellows will also rotate through the microbiology and serology laboratories of the Richard L. Roudebush VA medical center, the Eskenazi Health hospital, and the Indiana State Department of Health, which are all located in very close proximity to the IUHPL in downtown Indianapolis. During both years of training, fellows will have on-call responsibilities and will participate in microscopic examination and interpretation of stat infectious disease pathology consultations alongside faculty microbiologists and pathology fellows. Fellows will also have numerous research opportunities and many projects to choose from, including clinical trials of in vitro diagnostic products and laboratory test development. To better appreciate the role of clinical and public health microbiology laboratories in the care of patients, fellows will rotate through several clinical service areas, giving them direct interaction with infectious disease physicians, infection control practitioners, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals at affiliated hospitals in Indianapolis. The program will accept applications beginning July 1, 2014 for a position that will begin July 1, 2015.

Mayo Clinic
Department of Clinical Microbiology
200 First Street, SW
Rochester, MN 55905
Program Director: Nancy Wengenack, wengenack.nancy@mayo.edu
Please direct inquiries to Tasha Gilbertson at gilbertson.tasha@mayo.edu

The Mayo Clinic postdoctoral program in Clinical Microbiology offers training in all areas of conventional and molecular microbiology. Trainees will have the opportunity to work directly with six board-certified laboratory directors (three MDs and three PhDs) in Bacteriology, Virology, Parasitology, Mycology, Mycobacteriology, Hepatitis/HIV, and Infectious Diseases Serology. Over 2.7 million tests are performed annually and the trainee will gain experience in the detection, identification, and drug susceptibility testing of routine and esoteric pathogens. Extensive molecular testing methods are incorporated into all laboratory areas. The trainee will also participate in laboratory management through didactic coursework and hands-on experience directing a laboratory section. Trainees have educational rotations in Infectious Diseases (including Pediatric and Transplant Infectious Diseases), Infection Prevention and Control, and Epidemiology/Public Health at the State Department of Health in St. Paul, MN. Ample opportunities for research and new test development exist in all specialty areas. More information can be found on the program website at http://www.mayo.edu/msgme/residencies-fellowships/pathology-and-laboratory-medicine/clinical-microbiology-md-or-post-phd-fellowship-minnesota. The program is accepting applications until January 1, 2015 for a position that will begin July 1, 2016.

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Department of Laboratory Medicine
Clinical Microbiology Service
1275 York Avenue S428D
New York, NY, 10065
Program Director: Esther Babady, BabadyN@mskcc.org
Deputy Director: Yi-Wei Tang

The Clinical Microbiology Service of the Department of Laboratory Medicine at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) offers a 2-year Clinical Microbiology Fellowship. This fellowship offers training for doctoral-level scientists interested in acquiring knowledge and skills necessary to direct a clinical microbiology laboratory. The fellowship will provide both general training in clinical microbiology as well as specialized training for diagnostic microbiology in immunocompromised patients. The fellow will obtain training in all sub-specialties of Clinical Microbiology and develop knowledge of both conventional and molecular diagnostic methods for identification and antimicrobial susceptibility testing of bacteria, mycobacteria, fungi, and rapid detection of viruses and parasites. Additionally, the fellow will develop skills in laboratory management, clinical consultation related to microbiology and infectious diseases and interpretation and clinical correlation of laboratory data. A strong emphasis is also place on laboratory research, diagnostic assays development and outcome studies in immunocompromised patients. The fellow’s training will occur on the Main campus of MSKCC, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center encompasses Memorial Hospital, a 434 bed tertiary care teaching hospital founded in 1884; Sloan-Kettering Institute for research dedicated in 1948; and multiple outpatient practices in Manhattan and at regional sites on Long Island, Westchester and New Jersey. In order to enhance the fellows’ training and provide fellows with comprehensive training and a greater mix of clinical microbiology cases, the fellow will also rotate in the Clinical Microbiology Laboratories of the New York University Langone Medical Center/Belleview Hospital Center. The fellow’s Public Health rotation will take place at the New York City Department of Health (DOH) Public Health Laboratory (PHL). The NYC PHL, established in 1892, is one of the oldest PHL in the world with a rich history and experience of dealing with issues of public health importance. The NYC DOH PHL is located in lower Manhattan within a few blocks from the Microbiology laboratory at MSKCC. New applications will be accepted in 2015 for a position to start in 2016.

National Institutes of Health
Microbiology Service, Department of Laboratory Medicine
Building 10, Room 2C385
10 Center Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892-1508
Program Director: Adrian M. Zelazny, azelazny@mail.nih.gov

The program is designed to develop knowledge and skill in diagnostic microbiology, clinical consultation related to microbiology and infectious diseases, laboratory informatics, and clinical laboratory management. A strong emphasis is also placed on laboratory research, particularly on the development of molecular and proteomic-based diagnostic tests and on collaborative projects performed in conjunction with clinical protocols ongoing at the NIH. The fellowship will be enhanced through collaborative training provided by Children's National Medical Center, Washington Hospital Center, Suburban Hospital, Johns Hopkins Hospital, and the Maryland State Health Laboratory. Ideal candidates have less than 2 years beyond completion of postdoctoral and/or fellowship training and show evidence of research acumen through publications in peer-reviewed journals. Non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply. Visa assistance is available through the NIH's Division of International Services http://dis.ors.od.nih.gov/visitingprogram/01_vpmain.html. The program is not accepting applications at this time.

University of California, Los Angeles, Clinical Microbiology
Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
UCLA Medical Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1713
Program Director: Omai Garner
For program information, including application instructions and materials, please contact Mr. Gabriel Gomez at (310) 794-2753 or gsgomez@mednet.ucla.edu.

The UCLA and West Los Angeles VA Medical Center program offers comprehensive academically oriented training in clinical, public health, and molecular microbiology. Fellows receive training at UCLA and LA County Public Health clinical laboratories, both state-of-the-art facilities with an emphasis on molecular diagnostic test development and a commitment to clinical and translational research. Fellows actively participate in all functions of the laboratory, receive training in laboratory management, and develop clinical problem solving and consultative skills through participation in infectious disease rounds and call responsibilities. The program, supported by the clinical and academic resources of the participating institutions, also has strong public health, infection prevention, and antimicrobial stewardship training components, and is enriched by the diversity of the Southern California population. UCLA offers one or two positions each year starting in July. Applicants must have completed their doctoral degrees within the past 10 years and have no more than five years of cumulative postdoctoral research experience (NOT including medical residencies or clinical appointments). Foreign-educated, doctoral-level scientists (M.D.s and/or Ph.D.s) must have all transcripts evaluated, on a course-by-course basis, by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) in Washington, DC. Complete Graduate Division requirements for a Postdoctoral Scholar appointment are posted at http://pathology.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id=146. Applications are accepted between June 1st and August 1st for positions beginning in July of the following year.

University of Nebraska Medical Center
Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Omaha, NE 68198-5900
Director: Steven H. Hinrichs
Deputy Director: Peter C. Iwen
Please direct inquiries to Dr. Iwen, piwen@unmc.edu

The Department of Pathology and Microbiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center sponsors the CPEP-training fellowship. This fellowship provides a hands-on experience in the basic disciplines of clinical microbiology through bench rotations, didactic lectures, and contact with pathology fellows, faculty, and fellows. Administrative experience through participation in management and committee interaction is also a part of the training. The fellowship will be enhanced through collaborative training provided by our sponsoring affiliates, the Creighton University Medical Center, the Nebraska Medical Center (affiliated hospital system), and the Nebraska Public Health Laboratory. Applicants to the training program must have a doctoral degree (Ph.D., M.D., Sc.D., D.O. Dr. PH, etc.) with graduate education in clinical microbiology or related discipline. Ideal candidates will have previous experience working within a diagnostic laboratory setting and a strong desire to pursue future activities as it pertains to public health and clinical microbiology. Non-U.S. applicants from countries where English is not the primary language will only be considered if they have: 1) completed the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam (see program website for acceptable scores), 2) graduated with a doctoral degree from an accredited US institution, and 3) completed at least one year of postdoctoral training within the United States. Additionally, foreign M.D. applicants will only be considered if they are certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and licensed to practice medicine in the United States. One individual is accepted into the program each year which is dependent on the availability of funding. More information can be found on the program website at http://www.unmc.edu/pathology/clinical_microbiology_fellowship.htm. Applications for a position that will begin in July 2015 will be accepted from July 1, 2014 through November 30, 2014.

University of North Carolina Hospitals, Microbiology
Clinical Microbiology-Immunology Laboratories CB 7600
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Program Director: Peter Gilligan, pgilliga@unch.unc.edu

The University of North Carolina Hospitals' program offers intensive training in all aspects of clinical microbiology with emphasis on developing clinical problem solving and consultative skills through daily laboratory contact with ID physicians. The laboratory has a commitment to molecular testing with fellows participating in test development for our constantly expanding test menu. Opportunities exist for the fellow to develop expertise in international laboratory capacity building at the UNC Project Laboratory in Lilongwe, Malawi. Fellows are expected to develop strong clinical and translational research skills by performing collaborative clinical research with faculty from UNC's internationally recognized programs in Infectious Diseases and Cystic Fibrosis. The program is not currently accepting applications but will next accept them beginning January 1, 2014. For more information about the program, please visit http://www.med.unc.edu/pathology/clinical-fellowships/clinical-microbiology.

University of Pennsylvania
Clinical Microbiology Laboratory
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine 4th Floor, Gates Building
3400 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-4283
Program Co-Directors: Paul Edelstein and Irving Nachamkin
Please direct inquiries to Dr. Nachamkin, nachamki@mail.med.upenn.edu

The University of Pennsylvania program offers comprehensive, academically oriented training in clinical microbiology with program faculty from the University of Pennsylvania Health System and affiliated institutions including the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, city and state public health departments. Particular strengths include the strong clinical orientation of the training program through consultations and interaction with the Infectious Disease Division. A variety of research opportunities are available including diagnostic and molecular microbiology, antimicrobial resistance, and microbial pathogenesis. Complete applications, which includes letters of reference, are reviewed as received. The program is currently accepting applications for a position that will begin in July 2015.

University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry
Clinical Microbiology Laboratories Box 710
University of Rochester Medical Center
Rochester, NY 14642-8710
Program Directors: Marilyn A. Menegus and Dwight J. Hardy
Please direct inquiries to Mary Ellen Gardiner at Maryellen_gardiner@urmc.rochester.edu

The University of Rochester program is a tertiary care hospital based clinical program with a fully integrated public health microbiology component.  Combination of these two areas provides an unusually large and diverse mix of cases and laboratory specimens for study.  Two full-time faculty with different expertise and interests permit in-depth exposure to various areas of microbiology in terms of both research and clinical problem solving. The program will accept applications October 1 through October 31, 2014 for a position that will begin in July 2015.

University of Texas Medical Branch
Department of Pathology
Division of Clinical Microbiology
301 University Blvd.
McCullough Bldg. Room 5.114
Galveston, TX 77555-0740
Program Director: Michael Loeffelholz, mjloeffe@utmb.edu

The Medical and Public Health Laboratory Microbiology Fellowship program at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston offers a comprehensive training experience in both conventional and molecular-based microbiology. For an overview of the Division of Clinical Microbiology, see http://www.utmb.edu/pathology/clinicaltab/clinical_pathology/microbiology%20files/microbiology.htm UTMB has a long tradition of excellence in emerging infectious diseases, tropical medicine, and global health. Trainees will rotate through the Clinical Microbiology, Molecular Diagnostics, and Cytopathology Laboratories at UTMB, and the Texas Department of State Health Services Public Health Laboratory in Austin. Trainees will participate in consultative and administrative activities, and rotations in Infectious Diseases and Infection Control. Ample opportunities exist for both applied clinical and translational research. Ideal candidates will have demonstrated experience in the clinical laboratory setting, and display a commitment to a career in clinical or public health microbiology. The program will accept applications December 1, 2015 through January 15, 2016 for a position that will begin July 1, 2016.

University of Utah Medical Center
Department of Pathology
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
Program Director: Mark Fisher
Please direct inquiries to Karen Nelson at karen.nelson@aruplab.com

The University of Utah program, part of the Department of Pathology and ARUP Laboratories, allows trainees to gain hands-on experience in bacteriology, mycobacteriology, mycology, parasitology, virology, molecular microbiology, and serology through a series of structured bench rotations and independent research. The trainee also acquires administrative experience through participation in laboratory management and hospital committee meetings, and special effort is directed toward clinical infectious diseases case management and infection control. Fellows are selected for their potential as future directors of academic diagnostic microbiology laboratories and leaders in public health. Fellows completing the program are expected to apply for subspecialty certification in Medical Microbiology by examination of the American Board of Medical Microbiology. Positions are generally filled 14-18 months prior to the annual July start date. More information can be found at the program website http://www.path.utah.edu/education/fellowships/clinical-microbiology. The program is currently accepting applications for a position that will begin in July 2016.

University of Washington
Department of Laboratory Medicine
1959 NE Pacific
Seattle, WA 98195-7110
Program Director:Jill Clarridge
Program Deputy Director: Susan Butler-Wu
For program information, including application instructions and materials, please contact Ms. Larissa Mansfield by email at mansfl@uw.edu.

This program offers training in all aspects of clinical microbiology. Training is based at the UW Medical Center, a tertiary care facility, and three affiliated hospitals: Harborview Medical Center (the regional trauma center), Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center (a pediatric tertiary care facility), and the Seattle Veterans' Affairs Medical Center. Fellows acquire experience in public health microbiology at the Washington State Public Health Lab and participate in hands-on training in pediatric and adult infectious disease and in hospital infection control. Laboratory management is taught as a formal post-graduate course and "on the job" during the second year acting directorship. Research opportunities include clinical studies, the application of new technologies to the diagnosis of infectious disease, the study of emerging pathogens, and the study of mechanisms of pathogenesis and antimicrobial resistance. The fellow’s schedule is designed to accommodate his or her background and interests. Applicants must have completed their doctoral degree (Ph.D. and/or M.D.) within 6 years of entering the program. If the applicant's doctoral degree was obtained from an institution outside of the United States or Canada, applicants must fulfill each of the following requirements in order to be considered: 1. Obtained their undergraduate or doctoral degrees in an English-speaking country, or have completed the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam, and 2. Completed at least one year of postdoctoral training within the United States or Canada. The program is currently filled and we regret that we are not accepting any applications for the UW Postdoctoral Program in Clinical Microbiology for 2014. New applications for July 2015 must be submitted prior to October 1, 2014.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology
3321A Medical Center North
Nashville, TN 32732
Program Director: James Chappell, jim.chappell@vanderbilt.edu
Associate Directors: Carol Rauch and Charles Stratton

The Fellowship Training Program in Medical and Public Health Laboratory Microbiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center provides broad post-doctoral education in the clinical laboratory diagnosis, management, and prevention of infectious diseases. The two-year program is administered through the Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology and Office of Graduate Medical Education. The curriculum is designed to offer integrated experience in the scientific and technical bases of microorganism identification, laboratory consultation, clinical infectious diseases, infection control and prevention, epidemiology, public health microbiology, immunology, laboratory management, and teaching through modular and continuous formats. Clinical microbiology expertise is further developed through didactic instruction, participation in clinical and research conferences, direct mentoring by program faculty, and progressive increases in responsibility. Fellows conduct approximately six months of research to establish scholarship in the field. Graduates will have acquired the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to competently practice clinical microbiology. The program is not accepting applications at this time. Applications for a position that will begin July 1, 2016 will be accepted starting on October 1, 2014.

Washington University, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and St. Louis Children's Hospital, Department of Pathology & Immunology
Washington University School of Medicine
Department of Pathology & Immunology
660 South Euclid Avenue, Box 8118
St. Louis, MO 63110
Program Director: Carey-Ann Burnham, cburnham@path.wustl.edu

The program and major clinical rotations are based at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children's Hospital. Fellows master taxonomic and diagnostic expertise in all areas of clinical diagnostic microbiology through interactive rotations provided at the adult and pediatric facilities. Fellows also receive substantial exposure to molecular diagnostics, genomics, clinical infectious diseases, epidemiology, pharmacotherapy, and laboratory management. The public health segment of the program has been developed in conjunction with the Wisconsin Department of Health and includes training at the Wisconsin state laboratory. Fellows are provided with a wealth of interdepartmental lectures, seminars, and symposia during the course of the program and given the unique option to gain additional exposure to other disciplines of clinical laboratory medicine. Ample opportunity will be provided for the development of research projects. Candidates who are not U.S. citizens or permanent fellows must be eligible for a J-1, H1B, or TN visa to be considered for this program. Permanent fellows (green card holders) are eligible. The program is not accepting applications at this time.

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