Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases

Infection Prevention Concentration

The Infection Prevention program at Tufts Medical Center is run under the direction of David R. Snydman, MD, FACP, FIDSA, the Chief of the Division of Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases and Hospital Epidemiologist. The program consists of two Infectious Disease physicians and three highly experienced Infection Preventionists, as well as informatics support.

While becoming board eligible in ID, you will gain extensive experience in all aspects of infection control and antimicrobial stewardship. Fellows who choose this concentration will be able to function independently as a hospital epidemiologist. We have a number of graduates who are functioning in this capacity around the US and the World.

The Infection Prevention Program is structured to meet all the requirements of the Department of Public Health and Medicare. The trainee will gain experience in surveillance, prevention and control of hospital acquired infections, including investigation of clusters, understanding of reporting requirements, participation in task forces, and participation in prospective observational and interventional studies being performed by the infection control group. In addition the trainee with participate in surgical infection prevention measures including the Surgical Care Improvement Program (SCIP).

The Infection Prevention Program has been at the forefront of the quality movement at Tufts Medical Center. We have been cited as a top 10 University Hospital Consortium Hospital (UHC) within the past three years. The Infection Prevention program has had a number of significant successes in recent years, including a near elimination of central venous catheter associated bloodstream infections, improved hand hygiene compliance rates, reduction in multi-drug resistant bacterial infections, reduction in surgical site infections and high employee immunization rates. Learn more about the quality and patient safety initiatives at Tufts Medical Center >

Educational Experience

You will receive focused education on hospital infections: 

  • Didactic lectures on Hospital Infections including case based lectures  
  • Weekly meetings with the infection prevention team
  • Participation in Task Forces for CLABSI, CAUTI, VAP bundle, SCIP 
  • Monthly infection control committee meetings 
  • Targeted reading in infection control


For 2-year fellows, and for fellows who are interested and eligible for our 3 year Physician-Investigator track, many opportunities exist in infection control related research. 2-year clinician educator fellows will choose a research project in an area of interest. Recent projects have included work on C. difficile, MRSA reductions, contamination of the environment with VRE and transmission.

Teaching Opportunities

Fellows in this track will have specific opportunity to develop their expertise as Clinician Educators.  Teaching opportunities include leading small group discussions with pre-clinical medical students, as well as providing lectures to medical students on clinical rotations and housestaff. 

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