Infectious Diseases Fellowship

Thank you for your interest in the Rush/Stroger Infectious Diseases Fellowship Training Program at Rush University Medical Center. We’re proud to offer an experience designed to provide the best training elements necessary for you to become highly skilled in infectious diseases. It is our mission to create an environment that fosters lifelong learning of infectious diseases for residents, fellows and staff and enables excellence in the provision of patient-centered medicine and the ability to identify and answer fundamental infectious diseases questions in practice, research and education.

The Section of Infectious Disease at Rush University Medical Center is one of the top-ranked programs in the United States. It includes more than 30 faculty members and 10 fellows, plus outstanding support staff. Faculty are based at Rush, John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County and the CORE Center. Gordon Trenholme, MD, is program director and Laurie Proia, MD, is associate program director. 

Rush and Stroger are committed to providing the best innovative treatments to patients, translating research discoveries to improve patient care and training expert clinicians and physician-scientists. During the two-year fellowship, trainees will rotate in four inpatient subspecialty consultative infectious diseases specialty services, including the following:

  • General infectious disease consults at Rush University Medical Cener
  • General infectious disease consults at Stroger
  • Inpatient HIV service at Stroger
  • Specialty infectious disease consults at Rush (solid organ and bone marrow transplant, hematologic malignancies and orthopedic)

Trainees will have outpatient experience at the HIV continuity clinic at the CORE Center, a non-HIV clinic at Rush and the STD clinic at CORE. Infectious disease trainees spend 12 months conducting primary research projects during the fellowship. The division provides an array of basic, translational and clinical research opportunities in the following areas:

  • Hospital-acquired infections
  • MRSA
  • VRE
  • HIV
  • Transplant infectious diseases
  • Viral hepatitis
  • Fungal diseases

Fellows are provided opportunities to present their work at local, national and international meetings, and to publish their work in peer-reviewed journals.

Whether you pursue a career in academic medicine or go into private practice, we will support you. You’ll become a part of the history and heritage of the Rush/Stroger fellowship program.

How to apply

Positions are currently available for five first-year and five second-year fellows. The number of third-year fellows is based on the availability of appropriate resources.

Please submit applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service. We sponsor both J-1 and H1-B visas for international applicants.

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 Nathaniel Cook or call (312) 942-7776.