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Fellowship Program

The UC Irvine School of Medicine’s Division of Infectious Diseases offers a competitive and comprehensive fellowship program that trains physicians in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of the full range of viral, bacterial, fungal and parasitic infections.

The two-year program, which was established in 1971, is fully certified by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Fellows receive 18 months of clinical training in infectious diseases with the remaining six months devoted to research and clinical microbiology. A third year of fellowship is available to those who would like to pursue further research.

The program is based at UC Irvine Medical Center, the only university medical center in Orange County, drawing from a population of more than three million people. Referrals also come from neighboring Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The program also is affiliated with the VA Long Beach Healthcare System.

Educational Activities »

A majority of clinical rotations take place at UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange and at the VA in Long Beach. The program offers an excellent rotation in clinical microbiology at UC Irvine Medical Center. An elective in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation or pediatric infectious diseases are also available.

The varied clinical settings give fellows experience in treating patients with a wide range of pathology as well as diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Fellows also are involved in outpatient care at a number of clinical sites. They participate in a continuous ambulatory clinic where they follow patients with a variety of illnesses, including HIV, bacterial, mycobacterial, fungal, parasitic and nosocomial infections.

The division offers a variety of lectures and conferences. Fellows are expected to participate in weekly conferences such as Grand Rounds, infectious diseases core lectures, clinical microbiology rounds and internal medicine grand rounds. Other conferences include AIDS grand rounds, tuberculosis grand rounds, journal club and infection control meetings.

Fellows also participate in infectious disease case conferences that rotate between several programs in Southern California and those sponsored by the UC Irvine Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center.

Fellows are guided in their research block by a faculty mentor. Research opportunities in basic, clinical, translational or epidemiologic areas are available at UC Irvine Medical Center, the VA and the university campus in Irvine.

Eligibility and Application Process »

We accept applications for the Infectious Diseases fellowship program through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges. You can search for the University of California Irvine Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program by Accreditation ID: 1460521141.  We also participate in the National Residents Matching Program (NRMP). For questions about the application process, go to ERAS online or call 215-966-3940.

Fellowship candidates must have completed an ACGME-accredited Internal Medicine residency program.  Applicants also must have:

  • Board Certification or Board Eligibility by ABIM
  • Proof of medical school graduation (original diploma)
  • Proof of passing all three steps of the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE) or proof of passing all three levels of the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination of the United States (COMLEX-USA)
  • 3 Current Letters of Recommendation, one from a current or past program director
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship, permanent residency or a valid J-1 visa with ECFMG sponsorship
  • Proof of Current Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) Certificate:
    • International Medical Graduates must have current ECFMG certificate and ECFMG-issued J-1 Visa or provide proof of permanent residence status
    • International Medical Graduates must have current Medical Board of California “Postgraduate Training Authorization Letter (PTAL) issued within the past 12 months
  • Submit all documents required by ERAS
  • A valid California medical license

Candidates also must have a valid California medical license before beginning the fellowship program as required by state law. For graduates of medical schools outside the United States, please note that the licensure process can take 6 to 12 months or longer. If you are not already licensed in the state of CA, contact the Medical Board of California online or at 1426 Howe Ave., Suite 54, Sacramento, CA 95825-3236.

Salary and Benefits »

The annual salary scale is:

  • First Year — $62,018
  • Second Year — $64,556

The university provides medical, dental and vision insurance plans designed to meet the needs of the fellows and their families.

Fellows receive professional liability coverage for all activities that are part of the infectious diseases fellowship training program.

Fellows receive two weeks of vacation plus two weeks of educational leave per year.

Thank you for your interest in our program.

Steven T. Park, MD/D

Associate Clinical Professor

Director, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program

Director, Fellowship Program

Division of Infectious Diseases

UCI Medical Center


For questions about our program, please contact:

Alix Huynh

Fellowship Program Coordinator

Division of Infectious Diseases