Statement regarding Covid-19
- 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.
- IDSA, 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, and we look forward to “meeting” many of you on the interview trail this year, albeit virtually.
We participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). We only accept applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).
The elements of the application that we require through ERAS are:
- Common Application Form
- CV with any gaps in training explained
- Medical School Transcript
- Dean’s Letter
- Three Letters of Reference including one from the program director or department chair of your present program
- USMLE Transcript
- Personal Statement
Applicants must meet one of the following qualifications to be eligible fellowship training:
a. Graduate of U.S. or Canadian medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or the American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
b. Graduate of a foreign medical school with:
- A valid ECFMG certificate or
- Completion of Fifth Pathway Program provided by a medical school accredited by the LCME or
- A full and unrestricted license to practice medicine
Applicants must have successfully completed a three-year internal medicine residency prior to that anticipated start date of the Infectious Diseases fellowship program.
Our program does not have a cut off year since graduation from medical school. Applicants must have passed USMLE Steps 1, 2, and 3.
We consider the interview an important part of the application process. This year due to COVID-19 restrictions, all interviews will be held using a virtual platform, without in person visits. Selected applicants are invited for interviews during the months of September through November, with details regarding the virtual interview process provided at that time. In addition, applicants will be offered the opportunity to virtually attend one of our weekly Fellow conferences and Intercity Grand Rounds. Since physical tours of the facilities will not be possible, we have posted several informational videos and testimonials on the website for your review.
UConn accepts applicants who are United States citizens, or foreign nationals who have J-1, EAD, or permanent resident status. The UConn School of Medicine/Capital Area Health Consortium does NOT sponsor H1B or O visas.
Fellows are selected from eligible applicants on the basis of their academic credentials, preparedness, ability, aptitude, communication skills, personal qualities such as motivation and integrity, and other factors.
The Fellowship Selection Committee determines the rank list and order for NRMP. Candidates will be selected for the NRMP rank list and order on the basis of credentials as detailed above after careful review of application materials and as demonstrated during the interview. The NRMP match is binding.
No resident will be permitted to begin training without legal permission to work in the U.S. UConn is under no obligation to hold any position for any candidate who matched but who does not have legal documentation to work in the United States.
Applicants are advised to review and familiarize themselves with important information pertaining to benefits, policies and procedures, as well as a sample contract and acknowledgement statement on the Graduate Medical Education site.
Sample Contract: Download and/or Print Sample Contract
Our program does not discriminate with respect to gender, race, age, religion, color, natural origin, disability, or any other applicable legally protected status.
We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment in all respects and for all learners.