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Infectious Diseases Fellowship – Mentorship Program

Our mentorship program has been cited as exemplary by the Infectious Diseases Society of America. We believe that attentive, individualized mentorship is most helpful in supporting our fellows in reaching their desired goals.

Mentoring is provided by our experienced faculty, including David Snydman, MD, FACP, FIDSA. Dr. Snydman was recently awarded the prestigious Walter E. Stamm Mentor Award, which recognizes exemplary mentors.

The Tufts Medical Center (Tufts MC) approach to mentorship in ID Fellowship is a team approach. 

From the start, fellows are paired with a clinic preceptor for the 2 years of fellowship. In the first research month, fellows explore potential areas of concentration, which aid in identifying a mentor for their projects. 

With the help of program leadership and the project mentors, the fellow selects additional faculty to serve on their mentorship committee, which will meet with the fellow several times throughout the fellowship.

The fellow's mentorship committee serves a variety of purposes, ensuring that:

  • their research is progressing
  • they have the resources they need to be successful
  • their clinical/educational activities are appropriate to their area of desired concentration and career goals
  • they receive any necessary supplemental training based on their individual interests and area of chosen research
  • they receive appropriate guidance in manuscript preparation (and grant writing, if desired)
  • they have the opportunity to share their work in the appropriate milieus, including presentations at national/international conferences
  • they receive appropriate advice about job searching

Mentoring at Tufts MC aims to help the fellow achieve their career goals. The program has successfully mentored fellows to K-awards, leadership positions in their hospitals and fulfilling careers as expert clinicians and esteemed educators.

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