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Career Paths in ID

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Globally, infectious diseases rank as the second leading cause of death, over half of which are children under the age of 5. Infectious diseases are the third leading cause of death in the United States—170,000 each year—a figure that has nearly doubled since the early 1980s.

ID specialists are on the leading edge of some of the hottest topics in medicine today—from treatment for HIV/AIDS patients, to the growing threat posed by antibiotic resistance, to concerns about the appropriate evaluation and response to threats of bioterrorism.

This dynamic and evolving discipline offers exciting opportunities for physicians who enjoy helping others through problem-solving and medical detective work.

What does it take to become an ID specialist?

Infectious disease certification requires two years of training beyond general internal medicine. See IDSA's Guide to Training Programs for specific curriculum information.

Where can I learn about pediatric infectious diseases?

The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS) has information about training programs in pediatric ID.

How is the job market for ID specialists?

An IDSA survey found a high degree of job satisfaction among the nation's 8,000 ID specialists; recent graduates had the highest job satisfaction. To take a look into the ID market, check out the ID/HIV Career Center.

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