The fellowship in Medical and Public Health Microbiology was initially accredited by CPEP in spring 2001 under the direction of Dr. Mike Dunne and accepted its first fellow (Dr. Robert Liao) in July 2002. In 2011, Dr. Carey-Ann Burnham became the fellowship program director and the program was re-accredited in 2015. To date, 15 fellows have or will enter the program. All of our program graduates have successfully obtained board certification, and are working in the field of clinical microbiology.
Medical & Public Health Microbiology Fellowship
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 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, pediatric microbiology, and infectious diseases (including general ID, bone and joint ID, and transplant ID). In addition, we have an outstanding research environment and faculty and the potential for collaborations in a wide variety of areas, including the microbiome and pathogen genomics.
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 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 two months of their senior year, in the “acting director rotation”, fellows take 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.
In addition to training in clinical microbiology, fellows interact on a regular basis with pathology residents and fellows in clinical chemistry, transfusion medicine, and molecular diagnostics. Microbiology Fellows also participate in a number of Laboratory Medicine conferences. The result is a broad training experience with knowledge in all areas of laboratory medicine.
Training for the fellowship occurs in the state of the art facilities of Washington University School of Medicine/Barnes Jewish Hospital/St. Louis Children’s Hospital. In January of 2016, the laboratory moved into brand new facilities, equipped with laboratory automation, molecular diagnostics, and MALDI-TOF MS. In addition to training at our facility, Fellows participate in away rotations at the Wisconsin State Public Health Laboratory, St. Louis University, ARUP, and the County Health Department.
We will be accepting applications from September 1, 2016 to October 15, 2016 for a fellowship position that will start July 1, 2017.
Individuals interested in the fellowship program should forward a letter of interest, a copy of their current CV, and three letters of reference by email or mail to:
Carey-Ann Burnham, PhD, D(ABMM)
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
Faculty and trainees
- Carey-Ann Burnham, PhD
- Mark Gonzalez, PhD
- Erin McElvania-TeKippe, PhD
- Allison McMullen, PhD
- Morgan Pence, PhD
- Lars Westblade, PhD
For further information please contact Sue Pagano.
Phone: (314) 747-0687