Infectious Diseases Fellowship

Infectious Diseases Fellowship

Program Director


Marvin Bittner, MD, MSc, FACP, FIDSA, FSHEA

Associate Professor
Chief of Infectious Diseases, VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System

Program Description

The Infectious Diseases fellowship is a two-year postgraduate training program that offers a collegial learning environment with great faculty mentoring and good work/life balance. In addition, Creighton offers a stand-alone one-year critical care fellowship. Combining the two-year infectious diseases fellowship with the subsequent critical care fellowship might be attractive if you are considering a career in infectious diseases critical care.

Overall Fellowship Educational Goal

Our fellows' experiences include clinics (continuity, HIV, travel), inpatient rotations (including transplant ID and oncology ID), research, quality improvement, and telemedicine. We also provide educational experiences including antimicrobial stewardship, hospital epidemiology, and teaching. Ultimately, the program aims to prepare physicians for the practice of infectious diseases. In addition to a great training environment, our fellows enjoy high quality of living in the Midwest. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). It seeks to prepare trainees for certification in infectious diseases by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM).

Mission Statement

Creighton’s infectious diseases fellowship trains internists seeking careers as clinical consultants in infectious diseases. In addition, some trainees have embarked on careers in internal medicine with an emphasis on infectious diseases, careers in state and federal public health agencies, careers with significant commitments to medical education, and careers in basic research. In the fellowship can be seen Creighton’s Jesuit commitment to individuals in particular need of help--such as recent immigrants and economically disadvantaged individuals—in our clinical service to such individuals. The fellowship embodies the value of cura personalis that is inherent in excellent medical care for the individual and also in its opportunities to tailor the fellowship to the needs and interests of individual learners. The fellowship seeks to maintain an environment that promotes learning, an environment that goes beyond its setting in a community with affordable housing and manageable traffic.

Program Aims

To promote a learning atmosphere: we aim for collegiality. We assess this in two principal ways: First, all of us expect to experience among ourselves civility and respect, even in the face of disagreement; and we expect to experience kindness, consideration of our needs, and teamwork. This is a daily expectation of all of us in the division. This expectation encompasses faculty, fellows, and staff. Second, we are a group from diverse backgrounds. Typically our division is made up of those with backgrounds in Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Over the years, our team has encompassed individuals from six continents. The fact of our operation as a community of diverse individuals is, on a daily basis, an example to the world of collegiality. To provide effective clinical teaching: we aim for an appropriate patient population. This involves two dimensions. First, we expect a balance between service and education. We sense an appropriate balance when trainees have clinical experiences that inspire them to read about their patients and enough time available to engage in reading. Second, we expect a variety of patients. We expect to see both common and unusual conditions, with the common conditions being more common. We expect to see patients with serious problems with host defenses, including HIV, transplant immune suppression, and cancer; but we also expect to see other patients. We expect to see both inpatients and outpatients. We expect to see patients in the intensive care units and patients who are not very ill. We expect to see a variety of underlying conditions, including serious cardiac disease and major trauma. We are engaged in teaching: we aim to do so at a variety of levels. In addition to teaching directed at fellows, we are involved with medical students, residents, and continuing medical education. We are innovative: we aim to adopt the new when it is promising. We measure our success in this sphere by looking at the development of our antimicrobial stewardship programs, our use of telemedicine, our interdisciplinary activities especially with pharmacy faculty, and our use of motivational interviewing in a setting where it is not often seen. We value health outcomes: we aim for improving the health of our patients. We do so even though we practice in a U.S. health care system that is driven by dollars. This is evident in many decisions we make to deal with the growing specter of antimicrobial resistance. Within the confines of accreditation requirements and resources, we seek to tailor training to individual interests. We see this in special experiences fellows have had in sexually transmissible infections, microbiology laboratory work, and epidemiology. We aim to improve clinical care through scholarly activity. This may take the form of quality improvement projects or clinical research.

Application Process

We accept applications online through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). We participate in the National Resident Match Program (NRMP).

For more information, please see Recruitment and Selection Criteria.