Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program

The two-year, ACGME-accredited fellowship in clinical infectious diseases at the University of New Mexico provides the highest quality subspecialty training in infectious diseases.

We create an environment of curiosity, continual learning, and foster a desire to improve the health of patients and the community at large. We are proud to report a 100% board passing rate over the last 5 years.

Diversity and Inclusion is not a box we check in our fellowship program; but rather a culture we live by. We are actively reviewing our curriculum to remove language, imagery and implicit bias that may support institutional racism. Didactic sessions are evaluated on the use of images and language to support a culture of anti-racism. Faculty and fellows receive “Safe Zone” training so that all members of the team can participate in an inclusive environment conducive for life-long learning.

We have adopted a holistic recruitment process that evaluates candidates as people with accomplishments and values beyond test scores and publications. We want to know not only who you are, but where you want to go in life, so that we can best support you on your journey. We are fortunate to have strong institutional support of this vision which is reflected, not only in our retention of diverse faculty, but in the leadership of people of color in our division. For more information about the University of New Mexico’s dedication to diversity, inclusion and a holistic learning environment please visit the Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Learning Environment Office.

Sincerely,
Dr. N Mariam Salas

About Our Program

The infectious diseases fellowship program supports the clinician educator track. Our 24-month curriculum is diverse and flexible for needs and interest of fellows, while meeting ACGME requirements. The curriculum includes:

  • 14 months of inpatient consults
  • 10 months of electives
  • Up to 5 months of research during the two years

Training in epidemiology, population health and public health is available through the fully accredited Masters in Public Health (MPH) program in the School of Medicine. Fellows are encouraged to take formal courses through this program and may also apply for acceptance in the MPH program.

Each year, participation at national meetings is strongly encouraged and is financially supported by the Infectious Disease Division.

How to Apply

The infectious diseases program accepts two fellows each year and participates annually in the NRMP Match. Fellowship applicants interested in our program are required to provide with their ERAS application a Dean’s letter and three additional letters of recommendation (at least one from an infectious diseases provider). Apply through ERAS today.

Our program only accepts applicants who are U. S. citizens, permanent residents and those with a J1 Visa status. H1-B visas are not accepted. We occasionally accept foreign medical graduate applicants who have not yet completed an ACGME internal medicine residency on a case by case basis. Email Dr. N Mariam Salas for details.

About the Fellowship

The infectious disease inpatient consult rotations are divided between UNM Hospital and the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center. Fellows lead rounds on teaching services in both hospitals. Our fellowship focuses on balancing service and education.

The division pays meticulous attention to duty hours, with limitations on the number of new consults and note writing. Meanwhile, fellows will experience diverse and exciting pathology, ranging from complicated post-surgical infections to exotic, imported tropical diseases. Fellows will be on call an average of one in four weekends.

These include, but are not limited to:

  • Allergy and Immunology
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Viral Hepatitis
  • Hospital Epidemiology
  • Outpatient Infectious Diseases Clinics (OPAT, TB, STI, HIV, Renal Transplant, etc.)
  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases
  • Podiatry and Wound Care (VA)
  • Rural Infectious Diseases (IHS – Gallup)

Fellows attend one half-day outpatient HIV continuity clinic weekly during their fellowship at either UNM Hospital or the VA. During elective rotations, fellows attend an additional half day per week of an infectious disease clinic of their interest (from list above). Fellows will be ready for independent practice in HIV primary care by the end of fellowship.

Weekly Educational Conferences include:

  • Clinical Case Conference
  • ID Core Curriculum Conference (including journal club and research presentations)
  • HIV teleECHO Conference
  • Internal Medicine Grand Rounds

Monthly Conferences include:

  • Internal Medicine Morbidity and Mortality
  • Indian Country Hepatitis C teleECHO Conference

Supplemental Curricula include:

  • Wellness
  • Educational development
  • Professionalism
  • QI/Patient Safety 

PGY 1:

Headshot Harshdeep Babbar
Harshdeep Babbar 

Headshot Peter Nilsson
Peter Nilsson


PGY2:

Timothy Noonan

Peter Tran