Infectious Disease Fellowship Program
Welcome Message from the Program Director
Thank you for your interest in the Infectious Disease Fellowship program at Hackensack University Medical Center. This is an exciting time as you embark on this journey, contemplating your future training in such a fascinating and always evolving field. Our infectious disease fellowship is a 2 year program with exposure to inpatient and outpatient infectious diseases, including immunocompromised hosts, pediatric infectious disease, outpatient antimicrobial therapy, antimicrobial stewardship, infection prevention, clinical microbiology and virology, and with opportunities for scholarly activity tailored to the interest of the fellow. Examples of these range from clinical collaboration with faculty within infectious disease and/or other disciplines to state-of-the-art investigative pursuits at the Center for Discovery and Innovation. Fellows teach and receive additional training in teaching. They have the opportunity to gain exposure to other aspects of medicine including bioethics and performance improvement.
All of the inpatient clinical activities take place at Hackensack University Medical Center, a major teaching affiliate of Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine. Fellows have a weekly office practice where they take care of their own patients with infectious diseases (including chronic infections and HIV) with the support of a faculty member. We work side by side with our infectious disease PharmD colleagues, learning from and teaching them, in the inpatient and outpatient settings.
Our faculty have been involved in the education of infectious disease fellows, internal medicine residents and medical students at Hackensack University Medical Center on a daily basis for decades. The faculty is supportive in the training of our fellows such that you should never feel alone, receiving progressive responsibility over your training. The faculty have diverse interests including immunocompromised hosts, HIV, viral hepatitis, COVID-19 and other respiratory viral infections, multidrug-resistant organisms, antimicrobial stewardship, and infection control and prevention.
There are two infectious disease fellows – one first year fellow starting each year. A small fellowship program in a large hospital provides the fellow abundant clinical opportunities while developing close relationships with the faculty, with the senior fellow also providing mentorship to the junior fellow.
We encourage you to learn more about our program and hope that this website will provide additional useful information.
Best wishes and good luck on your journey,
Steven Sperber, M.D.
Program Director, Infectious Disease Fellowship Program
Hackensack University Medical Center
Associate Professor of Medicine, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine
Welcome to the Infectious Disease Fellowship at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, New Jersey. Hackensack University Medical Center is a 775 bed state-of-the-art hospital that serves as a tertiary referral center for a 13 hospital network, close to New York City. The medical center is home to one of the largest stem cell transplant programs and cancer centers in the country, and also hosts a growing renal transplant program. HUMC has been nationally ranked in many disciplines. In addition, the hospital is the primary teaching site of the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, a new medical school with an innovative curriculum. Trainees in our infectious disease fellowship program will benefit from individualized attention from a dedicated faculty and will have exposure to and learn from diverse patient populations. They have the opportunity to teach residents and students and to interact with trainees in other disciplines such as critical care and pharmacy, as well as engage in scholarly activity, all in a close-knit environment.
Our program’s mission is to educate physicians to provide a compassionate scholarly approach to the care of patients, while expanding the larger knowledge and practice of the discipline of infectious disease and bringing that innovative understanding to the bedside in a humanistic manner. The fellowship creates an environment that fosters life-long learning and innovation in the service of patients today and tomorrow. Furthermore, the infectious disease fellowship is a part of a community of practice where fellows and faculty support each other, as they meet the challenge and embrace the privilege of providing such care.
The aim of the Hackensack University Medical Center Infectious Disease Fellowship Program is to train fellows as infectious disease physicians who are fully competent to independently practice infectious disease in both ambulatory and inpatient settings, while fostering an appreciation for lifelong, self-directed learning.