"I was very glad to have matched at Tufts Medical Center for my infectious disease fellowship. Tufts Medical Center's ID Division offered a rigorous training program with high-quality faculty, as did other Boston hospitals where fellows in the program do rotations. I had the opportunity to work with exceptional infectious disease physicians, some of whom are true legends in the ID world and all others I consider to be some of the best diagnosticians I have met.
Tufts offered a fast-paced training program, a very busy general ID service and the great opportunity to be at a program that had a transplant ID program and great faculty from whom to learn. Two other very important features of Tufts Medical Center were the antibiotic management team, an antibiotic stewardship program, run in a very strict fashion with huge input also from very knowledgeable ID pharmacists and the implementation of infection control practices with a dedicated infection control committee and staff.
Through my work at the other Tufts-affiliated hospitals, I had the opportunity to experience other infectious diseases that one may not necessarily see at a tertiary care centre. For example, at the Lemuel-Shattuck hospital I had the opportunity to participate in the treatment of HIV-HCV co-infected patients, patients on the HIV ward, and patients on the tuberculosis ward.
After my ID fellowship, I practiced clinical ID, and was in charge of infection control and antibiotic stewardship. In my current position at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, I work on the prevention of healthcare-associated infections and prudent use of antibiotics (including antibiotic stewardship) at the supranational level. My fellowship at Tufts prepared me well for what I do."
Anna-Pelagia Magiorakos, MD, FIDSA
Senior Expert, Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare-Associated Infections
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control