Fellowship Program Director: Adrian M. Zelazny, PhD, D(ABMM)
The NIH Department of Laboratory Medicine Microbiology Fellowship is a two-year postdoctoral training program accredited by the Committee on Postgraduate Educational Programs (CPEP) of the American Society of Microbiology.
The program is designed to develop knowledge and skills in diagnostic microbiology, clinical consultation related to microbiology and infectious diseases, and clinical laboratory management. A strong emphasis is also placed on laboratory research, particularly on the development of new diagnostic tests and on collaborative projects performed in conjunction with clinical protocols ongoing at the NIH. Fellows are eligible to take the American Board of Medical Microbiology certification exam upon completion of their fellowship.
There are two fellowships slots available total (one available per year). Fellowships typically begin in July. An additional fellowship slot is available for individuals who bring their own funding.
During the first year in the program, fellows will spend designated lengths of time in each of the Microbiology sections: specimen processing, bacteriology, mycology & mycobacteriology, parasitology, molecular diagnostics, and special microbiology. After a month of laboratory orientation, the fellows will assume on-call responsibilities to address problems or special requests. The individual on call also organizes and presents daily laboratory rounds to the infectious-disease consultants.
During the latter part of the first year and into the second year, fellows transition into a technical and clinical consultant for each section. Responsibilities will include method development, trouble-shooting, and problem solving along with managing personnel-related issues.
Involvement in research projects is required after completion of the initial the rotation through the sections. Appropriate types of research include development of new diagnostic tests, review and analysis of laboratory data to help determine laboratory policies, and collaboration on clinical studies that have a microbiologic component.
View additional information on the Fellowship programs.
Apply to this program through the CPEP online portal.
Additional application materials may be requested by the Fellowship Director through the NIH Graduate Medical Education Application System.