Clinical Microbiology Fellowship

Program Description
UNMC's Department of Pathology and Microbiology in collaboration with The Nebraska Medical Center (TNMC) sponsors a Clinical Microbiology Fellowship Program that is accredited by the Committee on Postgraduate Educational Programs (CPEP) of the American Academy of Microbiology. This two year training program provides the trainee hands-on experience in the basic disciplines of clinical microbiology, i.e., bacteriology, mycobacteriology, mycology, parasitology, virology, molecular microbiology, public health microbiology, and serology, through bench rotations, didactic lectures, and interaction with pathology residents, faculty, and fellows. Administrative experience through participation in management and committee interaction is also a part of the training. Dr. Steven Hinrichs is director of this program, while Dr. Peter Iwen is deputy director. Fellows are selected for their potential as future directors of diagnostic microbiology laboratories and as leaders in public health. Upon completion of the program, Fellows are expected to apply to take the examination as the next step for certification as a diplomate of the American Board of Medical Microbiology (D[ABMM]).

Environment
The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and affiliated hospital, TNMC, comprise the Medical Center campus which is located in central Omaha, Nebraska. UNMC, which is the sponsoring institution, is an academic health center with a full service clinical microbiology laboratory associated with the hospital. Additionally, also available on campus are Regional Pathology Services, our outreach laboratory, and the Nebraska Public Health Laboratory (NPHL). NPHL performs public health testing as a contracted service between UNMC and the State of Nebraska. Although a majority of the training will take place at the sponsoring institution, additional opportunities will also be available in the clinical microbiology laboratory at our affiliate, the Alegent/Creighton University Medical Center. This facility is geographically located within a short distance of the Medical Center campus.

Accreditation
This postdoctoral fellowship program is accredited by the CPEP.

Certification
Upon successful completion of the Clinical Microbiology Fellowship Program, the Fellow will be eligible to sit for the examination as the next step to certification as a diplomate by the American Board of Medical Microbiology (D [ABMM]).

Curriculum
During the first year of training, the Fellow will spend time rotating through each of the various areas of clinical microbiology to include bacteriology, mycobacteriology, mycology, virology, parasitology, and molecular microbiology. Expectations are that the Fellow will become proficient in the handling and processing of specimens and in the procedures necessary to isolate and identify pathogens during this time. During the rotation, the Fellow will also have the opportunity to interact with the infectious diseases physicians, infection control personnel, and pharmacy personnel and to participate in independent research projects as a means to help strengthen the learning process. Fellows will also be expected to participate in the various teaching programs offered at the UNMC.

Positions Available
The goal is to accept one individual into the program each year which is dependent on the availability of funding.

Qualifications
Applicants to the postdoctoral fellowship program must have a doctoral degree (Ph.D., M.D., Sc.D., D.O., Dr. PH., etc.) in clinical microbiology or a related discipline. Ideal candidates will have previous experience working within a diagnostic laboratory setting and a strong desire to pursue future activities as it pertains to public health and microbiology. Foreign applicants from countries where English is not the primary language will only be considered if they have: 1) completed the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam (a score of a least 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, 213 on the computer-based TOEFL, or 80 on the internet-based TOEFL is required); 2) graduated with a doctoral degree from an accredited US institution; and additionally, 3) completed at least one year of post-doctoral training within the United States. Foreign M.D. applicants will only be considered if they are certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and licensed to practice medicine in the United States.

Application
Complete the online application: "Application for CPEP-accredited Postgraduate Training Program".

Application Process
Complete applications for the academic year, which begins the first week in July, are accepted from July 1st through November 30th. An internal review by the Selection Committee will be completed by February 1st. After this time, finalists being considered for an appointment will be asked to visit the UNMC campus in Omaha for an on-site interview with the program Directors and select faculty. The application review process will be completed with the final decision for selection into the program follow on-site interviews. The appointment into the fellowship program will be contingent upon an acceptable background check and verification of credentials.

Compensation and Benefits
A full-time salary with excellent benefits will be provided. The salary and benefits will be based on that offered to participants in other fellowship programs on the UNMC campus.

Program Directors
Steven H. Hinrichs, M.D., CPEP Director
Department of Pathology and Microbiology
University of Nebraska Medical Center
985900 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, Nebraska 68198-5900

Peter C. Iwen, Ph.D., D(ABMM), Deputy Director
Department of Pathology and Microbiology
University of Nebraska Medical Center
985900 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, Nebraska 68198-5900

Please direct inquiries to Dr. Iwen at piwen@unmc.edu

Clinical Microbiology Fellows
 

Timothy R. Southern, Ph.D.
robbie.southern@unmc.edu 
 Ph.D. : East Tennessee St Univ, TN, USA

 

Sarah Buss, Ph.D. 

Sarah N. Buss, Ph.D.
sarah.buss@unmc.edu
Ph.D.: University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA

Alumni
2011-2013 Fellow
Amity Roberts, Ph.D., D(ABMM)
Assistant Professor, Director, Clinical Microbiology 
Jefferson Medical College
Philadelphia PA. 

2010-2012 Fellow
Kendall A. Bryant, PhD, D(ABMM)
Laboratory Scientist, Microbiology Laboratory
Orlando Regional Medical Center
Orlando, FL

2009-2011 Fellow
Gerald A. Capraro, PhD, D(ABMM)
Director, Clinical Microbiology Laboratory, & Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-Shreveport
Shreveport, LA

2007-2009 Fellow
Baha Abdalhamid, MD, PhD, D(ABMM)
Medical Director, Clinical Microbiology Laboratory
Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, King Fahad Specialist Hospital
Dammam, Saudi Arabia

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