Fellowship Program

A Few Facts About Our Fellowship Program:

  • We currently have 11 Fellows
  • ACGME Accreditation for 6 years with commendation
  • Over 100 graduates since 1980
  • Board pass rate 100%
  • The largest ID program in Florida - one of the largest in the US!

Fellowship Training is based on five general concepts:

  • Patient care
  • Dedicated research time
  • Education objectives
  • Curriculum development
  • Regular evaluation of fellows, faculty and the program

Rotation Sites: Learn about each site's patient population and educational mission

Application Process

Applications for 2016 will be accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) July 15, 2015 - October 15, 2015. Potential candidates can access applications through the AAMC/ERAS website.

Recommended items for applying to the program include:

  • Completed ERAS application
  • CV
  • Program Director's letter and three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • ECFMG (if applicable)
  • USMLE or COMLEX scores

Current Fellows

Year 1 Fellows - Graduation 2017

Shuchi Pandya Shuchi Pandya, MD
Marijesmar Gonzalez Marijesmar Gonzalez, MD
Robert Castro Robert Castro, MD
Manuel Castro Manuel Castro, MD
Olga Klinkova Olga Klinkova, MD

Year 2 Fellows - Graduation 2016

Meghan Harris Meghan Harris, MD
Minh Ho Minh Ho, DO
Kelly Kynaston Kelly Kynaston, DO
Joseph Paruolo

Joseph Paruolo, MD

Flor Sanchez Flor Sanchez Vargas, MD
Kelly Tash Kaley Tash, MD

Fellows 2015-2016 Class Photo
Fellows 2014-2015 Class Photo

Alumni Testimonials:

"Coming to the University of South Florida to complete my fellowship training in infectious disease was the best decision I have made. I received a superb education and was trained by extremely knowledgeable attendings who were supportive, patient, and available at all times. I am truly grateful to have had the opportunity to train at USF and would highly recommend this program to any resident considering a career in infectious disease."

Pamela Damisse Noel MD, Class of 2013

"When I came for an interview I was impressed with the program in many ways and could tell the current fellows were extremely satisfied. The attendings and Division staff had more than a professional relationship; something more like family. My time in the fellowship program exceeded my expectations. It provided multiple learning opportunities in a comfortable, team environment. The clinical experience covered every detail and helped me develop an increased confidence in clinical management. I found many role models for my personal and professional life and will miss the program greatly."

Luis Rosas MD, Class of 2012

"I thoroughly enjoyed my time at USF during my ID fellowship. The opportunities available at our fellowship are remarkable. The program is very supportive of new ideas from the fellows especially in the field of research. The ID program is also very supportive of sending the second year fellows to a standardized ID board review. Even more importantly, there is great camaraderie among the ID fellows, staff and attendings. I really enjoyed seeing patients in three very distinct hospitals as well. If I had to do it all over again, I would definitely go to USF for ID."

Aliyah Baluch MD, Class of 2010

"I was trained as an infectious disease fellow with USF Infectious Disease for the academic year July 2007 through June 2009. I have been working as an Infectious Disease/HIV Specialist in California since July 2009. My two year ID Fellowship experience is totally helping me in managing patients on my own, even though some are different and challenging. The different rotations I did in USF ID Fellowship training covered varieties of ID aspects in terms of general infectious disease, HIV, infections in immunosupressed and transplant patients and outpatients primary and HIV care. I feel confident in managing patients independently because of my training experience with USF ID as an ID Fellow."

Theingi Oo MD, Class of 2009

"The USF Infectious Disease & International Medicine program has really prepped me well for private practice! I would like to thank all of the attendings once again. The program had just the right combination of academic and interesting cases but yet 'bread & butter' routine infectious diseases. I can now appreciate all of the weekly lectures & presentations. All of the attendings has had a unique impact on my knowledge base. I felt 'comfortable' immediately upon entering the private world, in fact I had a vast of new & 'cutting edge' knowledge that I was able to share with my collegues. I often receive statements from other physicians such as 'you seemed to have trained at a good program.' I am very proud of our program."

Juan D. Diaz DO, Class of 2007

"The USF Infectious Disease fellowship program provided me with all the essential tools to provide excellent care and expertise in the area of infectious disease. The faculty were not only excellent mentors but they were better human beings. We were not only fellows, we were a family. The pathology we were exposed to during my two years was incredible. From the simple community-acquired pneumonia to Hansen’s disease (Mycobacterium leprosy). Now that I am in private practice, I can really appreciate everything that was taught to me during those two years. I can definitely say, it was worth it! I would recommend this program to young physicians who are interested in pursuing a career in infectious disease. It will not only make you a better doctor, but as I like to think of it 'A Super Internist.' "

Anibal Maldonado MD, Class of 2007

Fellowship Alumni

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