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Infectious Disease Fellowship Program

Infectious Disease Fellowship Program

About the Program

Program director: Nitin Bhanot, MD
Accreditation:  ACGME
Program length:  2 years (PGY4-PGY5)
Fellows per year:  2 (One spot for ID; one spot for ID-Critical Care Medicine)

2014 Infectious Disease Fellows

Our Infectious Diseases (ID) Fellowship Program provides fellows with an exceptional and well-balanced clinical and educational experience. Allegheny General Hospital is a quarternary care center that services patients through Western Pennsylvia, and parts of Ohio, West Virginia, and New York.  The Neurosurgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Transplant Surgery, Trauma Surgery, Burn Surgery, and Bone Marrow Transplantation Divisions create a rich and diverse inpatient population for which the Infectious Disease Consultation Service provides an integral part of inpatient care.  The Positive Health Clinic, a Ryan White-funded HIV clinic that services over 750 patients, and the General ID Clinic, comprise a complete outpatient care experience. We are also in the process of establishing a Travel Clinic, allowing for yet another unique educational facet for our ID providers-in-training. As a health care system located in one of the highest-incidence geographic areas affected by the devestating national opioid epidemic, we work closely with our colleagues in the Center for Inclusion Health to provide care for those patients who suffer from the infective complications that result from drug addiction.

As an academic center, fellows will supervise and teach internal medicine residents and medical students on the clinical inpatient ID service. We value this opportunity to develop our trainees not just to become excellent clinicians, but also model mentors and clinician-educators in their future endeavors.

Combined Infectious Disease-Critical Care Medicine Track

We offer a 3-year, combined Infectious Disease-Critical Care Medicine (ID-CCM) track  in collaboration with the Pulmonary-Critical Care Medicine program at Allegheny General Hospital. Of the two available spots in ID, one is reserved for candidates interested in pursuing an additional year of CCM training.

Fellows in this combined track will spend their entire first year and the majority of their second year of training exclusively on ID.  A single month in the second year, either in May or June, will be spent entirely in CCM in preparation for their third year of CCM training. Upon completion of these initial two years, fellows will be eligible for Infectious Disease board-certification.  Eleven of the twelve months in the third year will be spent in CCM, with a single month on the ID service. Following completion of this third year, eligibility for critical care board-certification will also be granted. Upon the completion of the ID-CCM fellowship, our trainees will be armed with a unique and formidable set of skills to practice both infectious disease and critical care medicine.


Director's Statement

We welcome you to our website. Our health network has a longstanding tradition of and commitment to excellence in patient care and graduate medical education.

Infectious Disease represents a critical aspect of patient care and is an integral component of physician training. We are committed to provide the utmost educational experience to the fellows during their training period and to lay a solid foundation and fundamental basis for a career within Infectious Diseases.

Our division consists of nine faculty members, three Infectious Disease pharmacists, a microbiology director, a robust Infection Prevention program, system CORE microbiology laboratory on site, and a fully staffed Ryan White (HIV) Clinic. AHN boasts a strong, solid organ transplant program at Allegheny General Hospital as well as a bone marrow transplant program at West Penn Hospital.

A wide variety of clinical experience among diverse patient populations will be seen at this tertiary care referral hospital. We serve patients in the Pittsburgh metropolitan region and surrounding states including West Virginia, Maryland, and Ohio. Fellows will have the opportunity to work with Internal Medicine residents and medical students from Temple University School of Medicine and the Drexel College of Medicine. Opportunities for independent and collaborative research will be available within the areas of General Infectious Disease, Transplant related infections, Infection Prevention and Control, and HIV related areas.

The program is dedicated to train fellows attain the professional, cognitive, and technical skills necessary to provide competent, high quality, and compassionate patient care in the subspecialty of Infectious Diseases. The program strives to promote an environment of self-directed and lifelong learning that will help prospective infectious diseases physicians acquire knowledge, skills and confidence to independently practice as experts and establish a career in this field of medicine.

We thank you for your interest in our program.

Nitin Bhanot, MD, MPH


Contact Us

Infectious Disease Fellowship Program

Michaelle Szczypinski, Program Coordinator

Mailing address:
     Division of Infectious Disease
     Allegheny General Hospital
     320 E. North Avenue, 7th Floor, South Tower
     Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Phone:  412.359.4982

Fax:  412.359.4983