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Fellowship Program

The mission of the UCI School of Medicine’s Infectious Disease Fellowship is to provide comprehensive clinical training in the most current approaches to the prevention, diagnosis and management of Infectious Disease.

The program has two aims. The first goal is to train the best possible physicians for practice in the community. The program will teach these physicians to utilize the current research in infectious disease to provide the best care for their patients. The second goal is to train fellows to become clinical faculty members at academic medical centers. These clinical educators/researchers will acquire the tools in the program to train the next generation of doctors in Infectious Disease as well as conduct clinical research in the field of Infectious Disease.

The two-year program, which was established in 1971, is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Fellows receive 20 months of clinical training in infectious diseases with the remaining four months devoted to scholarly activity and clinical microbiology. A third year of fellowship may be arranged to those who would like to pursue further research.

The program is based at UCI 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 »

All clinical rotations take place at UCI Medical Center in Orange and at the VA Long Beach Hospital. The program offers an excellent rotation in clinical microbiology at UCI Medical Center.

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 are also involved in outpatient care at UCI and VA Long Beach Hospital. They participate in a continuity 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 are guided in their research block by a faculty mentor. Research opportunities in basic, clinical, translational or epidemiologic areas are available at UCI Medical Center, the VA and the university campus in Irvine.

Eligibility and Application Process »

UCI School of Medicine Statement on the ACGME-accredited Residency and Fellowship interview season

The UC Schools of Medicine have reached consensus agreement regarding the residency and fellowship interview season: All interviews must be held remotely, even if the candidate lives locally. This policy is in alignment with guidance provided by the Coalition for Physician Accountability, which is composed of key national medical educational stakeholders, such as the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), LCME, AAMC, AMA and the ACGME.

The UCI School of Medicine is supportive of this approach, because we must take into consideration the safety and well-being of applicants, physical restrictions and financial barriers to travel, and shifting shelter-in-place orders. To promote an equitable selection process, all applicants should have the same interview experiences and opportunities to interact with the program’s faculty and residents. 

We accept applications for our fellowship program through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). You can search for the University of California, Irvine Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program by Accreditation ID: 1460521141. We fill our positions through the National Residents Matching Program (NRMP).

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

  • Board Certification or Board Eligibility by ABIM
  • MSPE or Dean’s Letter
  • 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 (within the past 12 months), one from program director
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship, permanent residency or a valid J-1 visa with ECFMG sponsorship
  • International Medical Graduates must have current ECFMG Certificate and ECFMG-issued J-1 Visa or proof of permanent resident status
  • Proof of current California medical license
    • Candidates must have a valid California medical license within 90 days of hire date in the fellowship program as required by CA state law. If you are not already licensed in the state of CA, contact the Medical Board of California as there are new requirements.
  • Proof of registration with the Selective Service or Status Information letter (MALE trainees) is required and must be submitted to IDfellowshipdocs@hs.uci.edu by September 30.
    • Our training program includes the VA Long Beach Hospital as a participating site. In order to train or work at a Veterans Health Administration facility, all male trainees must provide evidence of registration in the Selective Service program or evidence of exempt status issued through a Status Information letter.
    • Male trainees must have registered with the Selective Service between the ages of 18-26 or meet the criteria for an exemption and have a “Status Information” letter issued by the Veterans Affairs' Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA).
    • Contact the Selective Service website to obtain evidence of registration or request for the Status Information Letter.
  • Submit all documents required by ERAS
Salary and Benefits »

The annual salary scale is:

  • PGY 4 - $89,969
  • PGY 5 - $93,241

In addition to the monthly stipend, health benefits are fully paid for by the University and will cover you and your eligible dependents, including medical, pharmaceutical, mental health, dental and vision care; and life insurance, accidental death insurance and long-term disability insurance.

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

Fellows receive stipends for housing, CA medical licensure, education and conference fees, and meals.

Fellows receive four weeks of vacation per academic year.

Thank you for your interest in our program.

Steven T. Park, MD, PhD
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