Eric asked for “advice on how to bridge the gap between clinical medicine, public health, and virology research.” I asked Scott Hammer MD for his thoughts on this question. Here is Dr. Hammer’s response:
Thanks for forwarding this comment. In response, I’d inform your interested listener that the career opportunities in Infectious Diseases are broad and include – fundamental laboratory research, clinical/translational research, clinician/teacher role at an academic center, epidemiology and public health (both domestic and international), private practice, and industry. A substantial proportion of Infectious Disease Fellows are pursuing Masters degrees in Epidemiology at their colocated Schools of Public Health so that they have formal training in both ID and epi/biostats/study design/global health, etc. For more information, I’d refer him to the following websites: the Infectious Diseases Society of America (www.idsociety.org), the American Society for Microbiology (www.asm.org) and the Association of Schools of Public Health (www.asph.org). In addition, he could surf the websites of some of the individual fellowship programs (Columbia, Partners (MGH and Brigham in Boston), Johns Hopkins, the University of Washington in Seattle, and the University of California San Francisco.
Hope this is helpful.