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The combined Rush University Medical Center (RUMC) and Cook County Health (CCH) Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program provides a two-year curriculum with an optional third year of training that is dedicated to training successful Infectious Diseases physicians with the essential building blocks for any desired career path in the field. We have more than 40 faculty who specialize in 12 areas of divisional expertise and are world leaders in HIV and healthcare epidemiology research. Situated in the amazing city of Chicago, fellows can enjoy all of our program advantages and explore all that the city has to offer.

Thank you for your interest in our program!


RUSH Goes Social!
We are excited to announce the expansion of our social media presence with the launch of our official Twitter (@RushCCH_ID) and Instagram (@rushcchid) accounts! Be sure to follow us to stay up-to-date on our fellowship program.


Announcements and Recognitions 

Sarah SansomCongratulations to Dr. Sarah Sansom, our chief fellow, on her extraordinary research on HIV/HCV co-infection and liver steatosis! Mentored by Dr. Gregory Huhn and in collaboration with Dr. Toyin Adeyemi and Dr. Jonathan Martin, a former RUMC ID fellow, Dr Sansom discovered that transient elastography with controlled attenuation parameter can more often detect steatosis in HIV/HCV patients than traditional liver biopsy. See links for her interview in MD Magazine and publication in Open Forum Infectious Diseases
Hemil GonzalezCongratulations to Dr. Hemil Gonzalez, our third-year research fellow, who was the sole recipient of the 2019-2021 AIDS Clinical Trials Group Minority HIV Investigator Mentoring Program (MHIMP) Award! Under the guidance of Drs. Beverly Sha and Lena Al-Harthi, Dr. Gonzalez will be studying the impact of antiretroviral therapy on astrocytes and their role in neuropathogenesis.

Aamir KaziCongratulations to Dr. Aamir Kazi, one of our first-year fellows, who presented his research at the RUMC ID Research Conference on May 28, 2019, titled “Love Thy Steward – Who Does Not Love Antimicrobial Stewardship?” Mentored by Dr. Sarah Won and in collaboration with Dr. Sarah Sansom and the ID pharmacists, Dr Kazi found that levofloxacin use could be substantially decreased by active chart surveillance and interdisciplinary communication with the ID stewardship team. Shout-out to the RUMC Stewardship team, recently recognized as an IDSA Antimicrobial Stewardship Centers of Excellence

Additional Faculty Recognitions
  • Dr. Mary Hayden will serve as the 2019 Vice President of the SHEA Board of Trustees, with a 4-year commitment to the board (2020: President-elect; 2021: President; 2022: Past-President). She will also be giving an invited symposium talk at the June 2019 ASM annual scientific meeting, titled “Reducing Risk of CRE Infection in Colonized Patients.”
  • Drs. Sabrina Kendrick and Homer Abiad presented at the Stroger Hospital of Cook County Department of Medicine Grand Rounds on February 8, 2019, titled “Let’s Talk about Sex: What Internists Need to Know about STIs.”
  • Dr. Michael Lin will serve as a committee member on HICPAC, an advisory committee for DHHS and CDC.
  • Dr. Latania Logan gave an invited talk at the April 2019 SHEA annual spring meeting, titled “Strategies to prevent CRE in children; Adult size fits all?”
  • Under the direction of Drs. Carlos Santos and Sarah Won, multiple RUMC and CCH ID faculty participated in the creation of The Chicago Infectious Disease Board Review
Yoona Rhee SHEA 2019
Dr. Yoona Rhee presented a poster at the April 2019 SHEA annual spring meeting, titled “Implications of Measuring Chlorhexidine Gluconate (CHG) Skin Concentrations Among Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) Patients Receiving CHG Bathing.”
    Andy Simms SHEA 2019
    Dr. Andrew Simms was awarded a Top 5 Featured Abstract in the April 2019 SHEA annual spring meeting with his oral abstract presentation, “CRE Colonization Persistence Among Patients in the XDRO Registry.” 
    •  Dr. Mariam Aziz was one of 30 nationally-selected attendees at the inaugural 2019 IDSA Leadership Institute. Participants met for 3 days in Washington, DC for a collaborative workshop focused on building effective future leaders in ID. 
      Mariam Aziz IDSA Leadership 1    Mariam Aziz IDSA Leadership 2
    Fellows and Faculty News
    June 2019 ID Fellows Wellness Outing and Graduation Dinner 



    How about a little Escape Game challenge to mark the end of the academic year? On Friday, June 7th, our annual fellows’ wellness outing occurred, sponsored by the Department of Internal Medicine. Our ID Fellows chose to navigate through the “Special Ops Mission” where teamwork proved successful in achieving “world security”, and then enjoyed the famous Chicago food scene with a night out at Prime & Provisions steakhouse for some surf & turf. The following day on Saturday, June 8th, we held our annual fellows’ graduation dinner - a RUMC ID Division tradition for 20+ years - held at Francesca’s on Taylor Street in Little Italy. Graduating second and third year fellows were celebrated for their accomplishments and a little fun quiz marked the defining antibiotic for each senior fellow: 
    • Sarah Sansom (chief fellow) - Antibiotic: Clindamycin; Future plans: 3rd year CDC Epicenter ID research fellowship at RUMC, Chicago, IL
    • Will Stoecker - Antibiotic: Amoxicillin; Future plans: Metro Infectious Diseases Consultants, Arlington Heights, IL
    • Marc Schulman - Antibiotic: Meropenem; Future plans: Dupont Circle Physicians Group, Washington, DC
    • Lorrance Majewski - Antibiotic: Fosfomycin; Future plans: Hospitalist, Guam
    • Hemil Gonzales (third-year fellow) - Antibiotic: Doxycycline; Future plans: HIV Research Fellow at RUMC, Chicago, IL

    Congratulations to our graduating fellows once again for their amazingness! We will miss you and please come visit!




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    How to apply

    Positions are currently available for five first-year fellows. Please submit applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service. We sponsor both J-1 and H1-B visas for international applicants.

    Infectious Diseases Fellowship Coordinator: Mercedes Posadas
    We extend interview invitations to qualified applicants by email and mail. Interviews are conducted from early September through October, with November dates available if needed. If you have further questions, please email Mercedes Posadas or call (312) 942-7776.
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