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.

History

The fellowship in medical and public health microbiology was initially accredited by CPEP in spring 2001 under the direction of Mike Dunne, PhD, and accepted its first fellow (Robert Liao, PhD) in July 2002. In 2011 Carey-Ann Burnham, PhD became the fellowship program director and the program was re-accredited in 2015. All of our program graduates have successfully obtained board certification and are working in the field of clinical microbiology.

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, 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 work . 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.

Facilities

Training for the fellowship occurs in state-of-the-art facilities at 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.

Application

We are not currently accepting applications. Positions for 2021-2022 have been filled.

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
cburnham@wustl.edu

Faculty and trainees

Faculty

Current trainees


Contact information

Tammy Robison
Department of Pathology & Immunology
Washington University School of Medicine
660 S. Euclid Ave., Box 8118
St. Louis, MO 63110
Phone: 314-362-2998
tammyrobison@wustl.edu