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in Infectious Diseases
Areas of Specialization
Infectious diseases specialists who work in a clinical environment are on the front lines of the latest ID challenges, whether it’s treating COVID-19 patients or managing the complex care required to treat HIV. ID clinicians can combine their clinical work with education and research by working in an academic setting, or they may work in community-based clinics or private practice.
Transplant ID is a relatively new subspecialty in which ID specialists help to manage and treat infections in organ and stem cell transplant recipients. As technology improves and the number of transplant surgeries grows, having transplant-trained ID specialists is becoming increasingly important for making these life-saving procedures safer and more successful.
When it comes to pharmaceutical careers in infectious diseases, the options are endless. From developing life-saving vaccines and diagnostics to ensuring equitable access to treatment, there are plenty of ways to make a difference that align with your career interests.
The best thing about an ID career in public health is the diverse range of career paths available – all of which can have a profound impact on human health while offering long-term stability. People who are trained in public health can work in a variety of settings, including in state and local health departments, universities, nonprofits, corporations, within the CDC and beyond.
A career in medical education provides opportunities to mentor, train and inspire medical students and trainees. Whether teaching in a classroom setting, working with residents or collaborating with leaders in education on curriculum design, there are several ways to make an impact on the next generation of researchers and clinicians.
In an increasingly interconnected world, infectious diseases can spread more easily than they ever have before. Careers in global health span clinical care, policy, research and public health. Key considerations in choosing this career path include language barriers, the amount of time you’re willing to spend overseas and the type of training you’ll need to be successful.
Antimicrobial stewardship is the effort to protect patients by improving the treatment of infections, avoiding the overuse of antibiotics and reducing microbial resistance. Careers in antimicrobial stewardship vary widely, with options ranging from developing an antimicrobial stewardship program within a health system to researching ways to improve prescribing practices.