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ID Observership Opportunities

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University of Cape Town Infectious Diseases Unit - South Africa

Professor Marc Mendelson


Clinical Opportunities:

80% of the work of the Infectious Diseases unit is HIV-related, with extremely high levels of HIV-TB coinfected patients. Full range of developing country HIV-OI comorbidities. General ID an increasing focus of the Unit, with hospital-wide antibiotic stewardship program, and outreach to several secondary level hospitals and district hospitals providing specialist tuberculosis services. Small renal transplant program including HIV+/+ transplants. GeoSentinel Travel Surveillance Network Site.

Adult or Pediatric ID?: Adult

Length of Observership: 1-4 weeks ideal, but other durations negotiable

Patient Interactions with Observer: Interview and examination. Not allowed to perform invasive procedures as an observer.

Application Requirements:

Applications directly to Program Director including CV and objectives. Suggest 3-6 months in advance. Visa details will depend on country of citizenship.

Housing Availability:

Local hostels in close proximity to the hospital. No official University of Cape Town accommodation available.

Cost/Fees Associated with Observership:

No University fees. Cost of observership is entirely the responsibility of the fellow. There is no funding available for transport, accommodation or daily living expenses.

Observership in Infectious Diseases at Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Adult ID Program Director: Dr. Wondossen Amogne (Addis Ababa University)

Pediatric ID Coordinator: Dr. Workeabeba Abebe (Addis Ababa University)

External Training Program Coordinator: Dr. Makeda Semret (McGill University)

Clinical Opportunities (Adult and Pediatric ID):

Many complex infectious diseases cases are encountered at the Tikur Anbessa Hospital, the largest tertiary care and referral centre in Ethiopia. In addition to the high burden of HIV and opportunistic infections, particularly cryptococcosis and TB, visiting fellows will have exposure to a wide range of clinical cases including relapsing fever and leishmaniasis. A major challenge of this rotation is to learn how to manage complex ID cases with limited microbiological data and other laboratory resources.

Expected Length of Observership:

Between 2-4 weeks, other durations negotiable.

Application Requirements:

Applicants should send a cover letter detailing their objectives and an updated CV. The complete application should be sent directly to the local program director and the external coordinator. Rotations should be planned with a minimum of 3 months advance. Visiting fellowships have to be approved by the Department of Medicine Addis Ababa University.

Costs/Fees, Housing and Logistics:

There is no university housing available for visiting fellows; however a number of hotels and guest houses are available within resonable proximity to the hospital. Administrative or university fees are not imposed on visiting fellows, but transport, housing and all living expenses are the sole responsibility of the visiting fellow and expenses are not funded by the university or the hospital.

Contact Emails:

Dr. Wondossen Amogne

Dr. Workeabeba Abebe:

Dr. Makeda Semret:

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PD Hinduja Hospital ID Observership - India

Dr. Rajeev Soman

Program Coordinator: Dr. Camilla Rodrigues


Clinical Opportunities:

  • General ID
  • Transplant
  • HIV
  • Hospital Epidemiology
  • TB
  • Malaria,
  • Dengue Fever
  • Typhoid
  • Rickettsial Infections
  • Melioidosis
  • Orthopedic ID

The observer will be expected to produce a log-book of interesting cases seen during the fellowship. There may be a possibility of a brief clinical project.

Adult or Pediatric ID?: Adult

Length of Observership: 1-2 months

Patient Interactions with Observer: No restrictions

Application Requirements:

A general permission from the hospital will be obtained, after that there are no time constraints for the start of the observership, apart from visa etc.

We have a 1 week intensive course in ID in September (IDCC). This includes ward rounds, microbiology rounds, invited lectures, discussion on archived cases, MCQ sessions, panel discussions, case presentation by attendees etc. The observership may be best at a time which includes this course.

Housing Availability:

Housing can be arranged at a nearby hotel but will need to be paid for by the individual observer. The approximate tariff may be US $100 to $150.

Cost/Fees Associated with Observership:

The fees for IDCC are approximately US $150-$200. There are no other costs involved in the fellowship.

Aga Khan University Hospital - Pakistan

Dr. Syed Faisal Mahmood

    Phone Number and Email Address of Program Director
  • +92-34864574, +92-34864655, +92-333-3419220

Name of Program Coordinator: Dr. Farheen Ali
Phone Number and Email Address of Program Coordinator


Clinical Opportunities

Rotating fellows will work with the general ID inpatient service as well as be involved in the clinics. As the Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) is a large tertiary-care, multi-disciplinary, referral center, in addition to seeing complex general ID infections, fellows should expect to see a variety of endemic infections such as malaria, dengue, and enteric fever as well as infections due to resistant (predominant gram negative) pathogens. Moreover, ID fellows will be involved in the care of a large variety of extrapulonary TB, which form the bulk of the patients presenting to the ID clinics. However if more exposure to TB management is required, arrangements can be made to also rotate at a large MDR-TB treatment center which provided DOTS-plus therapy. Finally while rotating at the AKUH, fellows will be expected to be involved in the hospital epidemiology, infections control and antibiotic stewardship activities.

Adult or Pediatric ID

Adult ID (Pediatric ID rotations can be arranged on request)

Length of Observership

Minimum of 2 weeks with up to 6 weeks

Description of Patient Interactions

Observers can interview and examine patients and will also have unrestricted accesses to the records of patients they are evaluating. However, observers cannot perform any procedures.

Application Requirements

Visa to Pakistan can take up to 4 weeks. Given the high occupancy of the university managed hostels, it is advisable to request this 3 months in advance.

Housing Availability

On campus (in the male or female dormitory) and off campus university managed hostels are available, though space is often limited. In case of off campus accomodation, a pick-up and drop-off service is provided. The estimated cost for accomodation is US $130 per month and includes transportation (if off campus) but not meals.

Cost/ Fee Associated with Observership

Registration fee for observership is US $100

Infectious Diseases Senior Residency Program - Singapore

Dr. Ling Li Min

Phone Number and Email Address of Program Director:
DID:6357-7981 / Email:

Name of Program Coordinator:
Rachel Chew

Phone Number and Email Address of Program Coordinator:
DID: 6359-6840 / Email:

Clinical Opportunities
General ID (Consultation & Wards)
Travel Medicine
Outpatient Antibiotic Therapy (OPAT)
Infection Control
Antibiotic Stewardship

Adult or Pediatric ID

Length of Observership
Up to 6 months

Description of Patient Interactions
Clinical observers cannot:

  • be involved in direct patient care
  • be allowed to make entries in patients' case notes or write prescriptions for patient.

Nevertheless, they can be allowed to assist in procedures under direct supervision and will be subject to supervision by their supervisor at all times.

Application Requirements
The paperwork for application of clinical observership is dependent on the duration of observership.

For instance an observership of 6 months will take about 4 to 6 months as the application will need to be approved by the Singapore Medical Council, followed by the Ministry of Manpower for the Training Employment Pass application (TEP)

Housing Availability
Fellows should arrange for their own accommodation in Singapore. Hotel/Hostel recommendations can be given upon request.

Hospital location: 11 Jalan Tan Tock Seng, Singapore 308433

(nearest MRT: Novena Station)

Cost/ Fee Associated with Observership
None, cost of the observership is entirely the responsbility

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