Infectious Disease Fellowship

Welcome to the Infectious Disease Fellowship at the University of Kentucky!

Infectious disease (ID) is a rapidly changing and diverse field that offers a wide array of clinical, research, and public health opportunities.  At the University of Kentucky, our mission is to train the next generation of infectious disease clinicians, clinician-educators, and clinician-scientists to provide excellence in research, education, and high-quality patient care.

Our two-year fellowship program offers robust clinical experiences in both inpatient and outpatient settings.  The unique population in and around Kentucky provides a depth and breadth of disease processes to our facilities.

Fellows have opportunities to participate in the direct care of a wide variety of infectious disease topics, including complex bacterial, fungal, and viral disease, HIV, hepatitis B and C, sexually transmitted infections, travel medicine, transplant care, complex bone and joint infections, infection control and prevention, outpatient parenteral antibiotic management and antimicrobial stewardship.  Additionally, our trainees receive nine to ten months of dedicated research time with the goal of completing and presenting scholarly projects. Fellows will attend at least one national meeting per year of training.

There is much more than our ACGME-accredited fellowship has to offer. We encourage you to meet our highly dedicated faculty and fellows and explore the opportunities that ID training at the University of Kentucky offers.

Thank you for your interest in our program!

Nicole Leedy, MD, FIDSA
Fellowship Program Director

Thank you for your interest in infectious diseases, an incredibly rich, diverse, and rewarding specialty. As is evidenced by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the bounds of our specialty know no limits, spanning pathogenesis, clinical care, disaster planning, infection control and prevention, immunology, and vaccine development, public health, social determinants of health, diagnostic testing, and communication skills. While the task is daunting, we will overcome this pandemic, in large part thanks to the tireless efforts of infectious diseases experts and advocates everywhere.

The ID Training Program Directors’ Committee and all ID program directors understand that the fellowship application season falls during this complex and chaotic time. We also understand that some anticipated ID clinical elective rotations may not be undertaken, that anticipated research projects may not be completed, and that previously envisioned letters of recommendation may not materialize. We assure you that we will review all applications mindful of these realities, and we will not hold schedule changes imposed by COVID-19 against any applicant.

We strongly encourage anyone who is considering applying for ID fellowship training to apply and not to withhold your application because of these concerns. We welcome your interest in infectious diseases and our program. We look forward to meeting many of you on the interview trail this year whether in person or remotely.