Infectious Disease Fellowship Program

Infectious Disease Fellowship Program

Infectious Disease FellowhipProgram director: Nitin Bhanot, MD
Accreditation:  ACGME
Program length:  2 years (PGY4-PGY5)
Fellows per year:  2

About the Program
Application Information
Benefits and Stipends
Contact Us
Director's Statement

About the Program


Our Infectious Diseases (ID) Fellowship Program provides fellows with exceptional clinical and educational experiences.

Fellows gain clinical experience in managing complex infectious diseases pathology. They will see patients at the Positive Health Clinic, a Ryan White funded HIV clinic that has over 750 patients.

They also see transplant patients and gain experience in diagnosing and managing challenging conditions in this immunocompromised patient population.

2014 Infectious Disease FellowsFellows will have the opportunity to develop and promote interest and skills in academic pursuits. Through didactic lectures, journal clubs, case conferences and research meetings, the fellows will acquires skills necessary for critical analysis of the scientific literature and pursue clinical research. They will be expected to participate in research projects with the faculty members. Fellows will be encouraged to present research at academic meetings and publish research in peer-reviewed journals.

Fellows will also be responsible for supervising and teaching Internal Medicine residents and medical students on the clinical inpatient ID service. This will enhance their teaching skills and prepare them to be mentors and educators.


Application Information


The program will participate in ERAS/NRMP for 2014-2015.  All applicants will be expected to complete the application process through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).  Guidelines for submission can be found on the ERAS site.  Candidates selected for interview will be notified by e-mail correspondence through ERAS.

The following documents should be submitted by the candidates prior to be considered for an interview:

  1. DocumentsCurriculum Vitae
  2. Personal Statement
  3. ECFMG Certificate (if applicable)
  4. Green Card Status (if applicable)
  5. USMLE Scores (MDs): Steps 1 and 2; Step 3 (if available)
  6. COMLEX Scores (DOs): Levels 1, 2 and 3
  7. Letters of Recommendation: 3, including a letter from Internal Medicine Program Director
  8. Visa Requirements: The program accepts applicants with J-1 visa and Permanent Resident (Green Card) status. Allegheny General Hospital does not sponsor applicants with H1B visa status.


Applications will not be considered complete unless all of the above-listed documents have been submitted electronically through ERAS.

Candidates selected for interview will be notified via e-mail correspondence. Those candidates scheduled for interview will meet with the Program Director and faculty members of the Division of Infectious Diseases.


Contact Us


Infectious Disease Fellowship Program

Maryann Dundon, Program Coordinator

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

Phone:  412.359.8109

Fax:  412.359.4983


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 7 faculty members, an Infectious Disease pharmacist, a robust Infection Prevention program, system CORE microbiology laboratory, and a fully staffed Ryan White (HIV) Clinic. WPAHS 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, Biofilm related research (in conjunction with the Allegheny Singer Research Institute), as well as HIV related research.

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




2013-2014 Fellows

Jina Makadia, MD, PGY4
Medical School: International Medical and Technological University, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania
Residency: Capital Health Regional Medical Center, Trenton, N.J.

Rasha Abdulmassih, MD, PGY4
Medical School: University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine
Residency: Western Michigan University School of Medicine, Kalamazoo, Mich.

Raquel Ramos Garcia, MD, PGY5
Medical School: Central University of Venezuela, Luis Razetti School of Medicine
Residency: Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pa.