Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases

Mentorship Program

Our mentorship program has been cited as exemplary by the Infectious Diseases Society of America. We believe that attentive, individualized mentorship is most helpful in supporting our fellows in reaching their desired goals.

 

Mentoring is provided by our experienced faculty which includes David Snydman, MD, FACP, FIDSA  Dr. Snydman was recently awarded the prestigious Walter E. Stamm Mentor Award which recognizes exemplary mentors.

The Tufts approach to mentorship in ID Fellowship is a team approach.  From the start, fellows are paired with a clinic preceptor for the two years of fellowship.  In the first research month, fellows explore potential areas of concentration which aids in identifying a mentor for their projects. The fellow, with the help of program leadership and the project mentors, select additional faculty to serve on their mentorship committee, which will meet with the fellow several times throughout fellowship.

The mentorship committee serves a variety of purposes, ensuring that:

  • the fellow's research is progressing
  • the fellow has the resources they need to be successful
  • the fellow’s clinical/educational activities are appropriate to their area of desired concentration and career goals
  • the fellow receives any necessary supplemental training based on their individual interests and area of chosen research
  • the fellow is receiving appropriate guidance in manuscript preparation (and grant writing, if desired)
  • the fellow has opportunity to share his/her work in the appropriate milieus, including presentation at national/international conferences
  • the fellow is receiving appropriate advice about job searching

 

The goal of mentorship at Tufts is to help the fellow achieve their career goals.  The program has successfully mentored fellows to K-awards, leadership positions in their hospitals, fulfilling careers as expert clinicians, and as esteemed educators.