Medical and Public Health Microbiology Fellowship






Current Trainees

Past Trainees

The Program

The clinical microbiology section of the Division of Laboratory and Genomic Medicine offers a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Medical and Public Health Microbiology. This fellowship is accredited by the Committee for Postdoctoral Education Programs (CPEP) of the American College of Microbiology and is open to candidates with an MD, DVM and/or PhD degree and an interest in clinical microbiology as a profession. Graduates of the fellowship program are immediately eligible to sit for the American Board of Medical Microbiology (ABMM) examination and if successful, are qualified to direct Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)-certified clinical microbiology laboratories throughout the United States.


The fellowship in Medical and Public Health Microbiology was initially accredited by CPEP in spring 2001 and accepted its first fellow in July 2002. Since that time, thirteen fellows have or will enter the program. Nine fellows have successfully completed training and all are gainfully employed within the field of medical microbiology.

The Curriculum

The fellowship training is roughly divided into two years and follows the "Essentials of Training" as prescribed by CPEP. In addition, we have individualized our program and added features unique to the strengths of Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. For example, we have incorporated rotations in clinical pharmacology, biostatistics/informatics, pediatric microbiology and infectious diseases. We have also included a rotation called "P3 camp", which is an intensive one week course sponsored by the Midwest Regional Center of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases Research to familiarize fellows with the care and handling of category A, B and C microorganisms. We are also considering a rotation in the laboratory of Dr. Jeff Gordon, a leading researcher in the field of the human microbiome.

In addition to scheduled rotations, fellows attend hospital antibiotic utilization meetings, infection prevention committee meetings and the microbiology-infectious diseases liaison group on a monthly to quarterly basis. They also participate in the spring management seminar series, weekly adult and pediatric infectious diseases conferences, weekly microbiology case conferences, weekly "beeper" reports (a discussion of all patient-related questions from the previous week for which they were paged), bi-weekly management meetings and a weekly didactic lecture series provided by the Program Director. During the second half of their junior year and throughout their senior year, fellows participate in the call rotation where they interact on a daily basis with clinical staff to approve testing, answer questions and solve problems related to patient care as it pertains to clinical microbiology. Finally, during the last two months of their senior year, fellows take sole responsibility for direction and management of the clinical microbiology laboratory including scheduling of residents and junior fellows, interacting with the clinician staff, leading daily laboratory rounds and solving day-to-day operational problems.

The Facilities

Training for the fellowship occurs primarily at three facilities: Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children's Hospital (both among the top-ten hospitals in the U.S. News and World Report annual poll), and the microbiology laboratory at the Missouri Department of Health in Jefferson City, MO. The laboratory of the state department of health opened this past year, and has already been lauded as one of the finest public health laboratories in the country.


We are accepting applications from November 1, 2015 to January 31, 2016.

Individuals interested in the fellowship program should forward a letter of interest and a copy of their current CV by email or mail to:

Carey-Ann Burnham, PhD
Program Director - Fellowship in Medical and Public Health Microbiology
Washington University School of Medicine
660 South Euclid Avenue, Campus Box 8118
St. Louis, MO 63110