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Medical Microbiology

ACGME-approved Medical Microbiology Fellowship positions will be available starting July 1, 2008. The program is one year in length and will qualify fellows to sit for the Medical Microbiology Board Examination, a subspecialty board of the American Board of Pathology. A pre-requisite for fellowship training is successful completion of either a pathology residency training program (in AP and/or CP) or an infectious disease fellowship. The goal of the program is to train fellows to assume leadership roles in academic, tertiary care, or publich health microbiology laboratories.   Philosophically we believe that this education is best accomplished through hands-on instruction in microbiological methods, direct participation in the consultative and administrative activities of the microbiology laboratory, and participation in activities of the infectious diseases, pharmacy, and infection control/hospital epidemiology departments.   The organization of the program reflects these goals.  Fellows will have rotations at Children's Hospital Boston and the Massachusetts State Laboratory to ensure sufficient exposure to pediatric and public health microbiology respectively.  A detailed description of the fellowship program will be posted in the next few months.  Applications may be obtained from Joan Allin, Residency and Fellowships Training Coordinator ( ).

We also recently received approval for the only American Academy of Microbiology-accredited Medical Microbiology Fellowship Program in New England.  The goals and organization are similar to our ACGME-accredited program.  At the end of their training, fellows will qualify to sit for the CPEP-Board Examination in Medical and Public Health Microbiology.   There are currently no available positions. 

Program Director

James E. Kirby, MD, Medical Director, Clinical Microbiology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Associate Program Directors

Qinfang Qian, MD, PhD, Assistant Director, Clinical Microbiology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Alex McAdam, MD, PhD, Chief and Medical Director, Division of Infectious Disease Diagnostics, Children's Hospital Boston

Linda Han, MD, MPH, Director, Division of Microbiology, Massaschusetts State Laboratory Instutitue, Massachusetts Department of Public Health