Careers in ID
You could be one decision away from saving millions of lives
If you chose to study medicine to improve and save lives, you’ve come to the right place.
Infectious diseases (ID) are the second leading cause of death worldwide. In the U.S. alone, infectious diseases account for 170,000 deaths each year – a number that has nearly doubled since the early 1980s, and which we can expect to rise sharply in the wake of COVID-19. Health concerns related to ID drive approximately 3.4 million emergency room visits and 15.5 million office visits annually.
Today’s medical students are tomorrow’s ID clinicians, researchers, innovators and global health leaders. ID specialists are taking on some of today’s hottest topics in medicine – including antimicrobial resistance, potential bioterrorism, and the continual emergence of new and dangerous superbugs.
ID is a dynamic, evolving discipline with a multitude of opportunities for those who enjoy problem-solving and medical detective work.
Jump-start your career in ID today!
Whatever your interests and aspirations you’ll find something in the field of ID that fuels your passion and reminds you why you decided to study medicine in the first place.
WHICHEVER PATH YOU CHOOSE, YOU CAN EXPECT A HIGH LEVEL OF JOB SATISFACTION FOR REASONS LIKE THESE, AND OTHERS:
What does it take to become an ID specialist?
Infectious disease medicine is a subspecialty of internal medicine. Certification requires two years of specialized training following the completion of an internal medicine residency. Most ID specialists who treat patients become board certified in both internal medicine and infectious diseases through the American Board of Internal Medicine.