Program Director's Statement
|Nitin Bhanot, M.D., M.P.H.
We are pleased to announce a recently approved Infectious Disease fellowship program at Allegheny General Hospital (West Penn Allegheny Health System). The institution supports over 30 ACGME accredited post-graduate programs and has a longstanding tradition of and commitment to excellence in patient care and graduate medical education.
Infectious Disease represents a critical aspect of patient care and is an integral component of resident physician training. Over the past few years, there has been growing interest within this discipline amongst our residents, many of whom have applied and matched at Infectious Disease fellowship programs outside of the health system. In an effort to retain and recruit qualified applicants and strengthen our graduate medical training program, we began the process of gaining Residency Review Committee (RRC) approval in 2011. We are proud to announce the approval of this fellowship and believe that our program will provide comprehensive training opportunity within Infectious Diseases. It will serve to complement our existing institutional graduate medical education and provide a long awaited opportunity for resident physicians wishing to train in this subspecialty.
Our division consists of 7 faculty members, an Infectious Disease pharmacist (with a newly established ID pharmacy residency program), a robust Infection Prevention program, system CORE microbiology laboratory, and a fully staffed Ryan White (HIV) Clinic. Our hospital supports a strong solid organ transplant program and a Bone Marrow transplant unit (at our Western Pennsylvania campus).
A wide variety of clinical experience among diverse patient populations will be seen at this tertiary care referral hospital. We serve patients in the Pittsburgh metropolitan region and surrounding states including West Virginia, Maryland, and Ohio. Fellows will have the opportunity to work with Internal Medicine residents and medical students from Temple University School of Medicine and the Drexel College of Medicine. Opportunities for independent and collaborative research will be available within the areas of General Infectious Disease, Transplant related infections, Infection Prevention and Control, Biofilm related research (in conjunction with the Allegheny Singer Research Institute), as well as HIV related research.
We encourage you to apply to our program. We are committed to provide the utmost educational experience to the fellows during their training period and lay a solid foundation and fundamental basis for a career within Infectious Diseases.
– Nitin Bhanot, M.D., M.P.H.