Fellowship Training Program

U-M Infectious Diseases Division, Daniel Kaul, MD
Daniel Kaul, MD
Fellowship Program Director

We are pleased that you are interested in learning more about the Michigan Medicine Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program. The Division of Infectious Diseases at Michigan Medicine was founded in 1967. Since then, it has become recognized nationally for its exemplary record of patient care, research, and teaching. Currently, the division consists of 40 faculty. The division provides both research-oriented and clinical training, and our goal is to train future leaders in both academic and clinical practice. We value flexibility, and the learning experiences are designed to meet the individual goals of each fellow.

Divisional training activities occur at both Michigan Medicine and the nearby Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System. Michigan Medicine is consistently ranked among the top hospitals in the nation, and was ranked number eleven by U.S. News and World Report for 2019-2020 and number five in the country and fifteen in the world by Newsweek. The Department of Internal Medicine consists of over 800 dedicated faculty members. At both institutions, fellows are taught exclusively by full-time members of the Infectious Diseases faculty, and fellows have the opportunity to follow patients seen as inpatient consultations in the outpatient setting.

Dr. Daniel Kaul provides an overview of the Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program.

Michigan Medicine is a large health system providing the full range of medical care as the major quaternary care referral hospital in our state. For example, we are a leader in both hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and solid organ transplantation, and our Transplant Infectious Disease service works closely with medical and surgical transplant services. Fellows will spend a minimum of two months rounding on this service. In addition, Michigan Medicine has a Ryan White funded HIV/AIDS program since 1997, and currently we care for about 900 HIV infected individuals. Additional HIV experience is available at the Ann Arbor VA Medical Center.

We feel that is it critical that all fellows (regardless of their eventual career interests) receive core experiences in the following areas: Infection Prevention and Hospital Epidemiology, Antimicrobial Stewardship, HIV/AIDS, and Transplant Infectious Disease. To that end, we have created curricula in each of those areas to achieve core competence. Interested fellows can engage in additional advanced experiences as their interest dictates.

While our program promotes a broad experience in all areas of ID, our division recognizes that antibiotic resistance is an emerging threat to the delivery of health care. The World Health Organization (WHO) cites antibiotics resistance as “one of the biggest threats to global health, food, and security” and notes that “new resistance mechanisms are emerging and spreading globally, threatening our ability to treat common infectious diseases.” In response to this threat, we obtained funding to create a permanent additional fellowship position beginning in the 2021-2022 academic year. This will allow us flexibility to enhance training for all of our fellows and provide an extended (3-4 year) and focused experience for fellows interested in pursuing a career devoted to becoming a leader in the battle against antibiotic resistance and multi-drug resistant organisms. In addition, for fellows interested in a career devoted to public health, we can arrange for joint interviewing into our School of Public Health’s Preventive Medicine Residency. If joint training with this program is of interest to you, please let us know.

Many research opportunities are available for fellows interested in basic mechanisms of disease or those interested in pursuing more clinically-oriented projects. As the medical center is located in the midst of the main campus of the University of Michigan, research mentors may include faculty from the School of Public Health or other schools or departments throughout the University and Medical School. Please view this video and read this resource for further information.

The COVID-19 epidemic has created many challenges in our daily lives and we are disappointed that we will not be able to show you all the great things about our program in person. If you are interested in applying, please review the material in our application section. Additional details regarding the structure of our program are available in this PowerPoint presentation video or as a PDF with transcript.

Nearly 100 Infectious Diseases specialists have completed their fellowship training in our program. Approximately half have entered academic medicine and have become respected faculty members, clinicians, teachers, or investigators at their medical schools. One is a Department Chair and four have been appointed Chiefs of Infectious Diseases Divisions elsewhere. Without exception, our trainees continue to distinguish themselves in patient care, teaching, and research.

Thank you for your interest in our program and please contact us if we can provide additional information.

Daniel Kaul, MD
Professor of Internal Medicine
Director, Transplant Infectious Disease Service
Director, Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program