Stephen J. Thomas, MD, FACP, FIDSA, FASTMA
Fellowship Program Director
Message from the Program Director
The SUNY Upstate Medical University Infectious Diseases Fellowship program is a comprehensive educational experience with a focus on clinical infectious diseases. Our program offers a rich curriculum with a mix of both in- and out-patient experiences. We offer a combined infectious diseases and critical care fellowship program. The Central New York region has both urban and very rural settings creating a diverse patient population with a broad and interesting range of infectious disease problems. We are a highly academic program where our trainees will learn how to interpret the infectious diseases literature, conduct antibiotic stewardship, participate in infection control and prevention initiatives, and pursue scholarly activities. The program supports our trainees as they leverage specialized educational opportunities outside of SUNY Upstate. Specific program goals include:
- To train infectious disease subspecialists capable of delivering high quality subspecialty medical care;
- To develop subspecialists with a detailed understanding of the principals of infectious diseases, pathophysiologic mechanisms of disease, and the clinical presentations across a spectrum of infectious diseases;
- To develop subspecialists with a detailed understanding of how to diagnose and treat a spectrum of infectious diseases;
- To train subspecialists in how to critically consume, interpret, and apply the infectious diseases literature;
- To train subspecialists in the concepts and processes of antimicrobial stewardship and infection control and prevention;
- To train subspecialists how to effectively communicate as a physician and consultant;
- To provide opportunities for scholarly research and quality improvement initiatives; and
- To prepare trainees for certification.
Our fellows acquire experiences in academic, private, and Veterans Administration clinical settings. The Infectious Disease service and fellows support the educational goals of medical students and resident trainees. Our faculty is a diverse mix of practitioners with varied clinical and research experiences; many of our physicians have lived and practiced in a range of environments outside the United States. Our program is supported by numerous, high quality Advanced Practice Providers, RNs, LPNs, and administrators. Finally, our program is committed to providing a training program with an appropriate work-life balance to maximize the educational experience.
I encourage you to explore our program and to contact us with any questions.
Stephen J. Thomas, MD
Professor of Medicine and Microbiology and Immunology
Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases
Infectious Disease Fellowship Training Program Director
Title of Program
Infectious Disease Training Program
State University of New York-Upstate Medical University
Fellowship training in Infectious Disease is a two-year program, and successful completion of this training will allow candidates to be eligible for certification examination in subspecialty of Infectious Disease by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Individuals interested in applying to our fellowship program should apply through ERAS.