The fellowship program in Infectious Diseases is now on its 23rd year from the time of its inception in 1994 and accredited by the Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.
Applicants should have satisfactorily completed residency in Internal Medicine and have successfully passed the PSBIM diplomate examination. The training takes 2 years to complete in a more than 620-bed capacity tertiary care hospital which boasts of facilities that allows trainees to access a wide variety of modalities needed to ideally diagnose and manage patients. Trainees are moulded to work well with different medical disciplines and subspecialties, with the patient’s safety as priority. They are also exposed to the varied settings of clinical illnesses from critical care (medical, coronary, neurologic), to hematopoietic, solid organ transplant recipients and other sick individuals, with or without significant immune-compromise. The availability of a dedicated wireless network also allows trainees access to journal articles on-demand. Fellowship starts May 01 of the current year with 2 fellows being accepted in the program per year. The first year of training is dedicated to clinical exposure in the wards and critical care units and out-patient care. Outside rotation exposes the trainee to tropical diseases not commonly encountered in the institution. Conferences are regularly conducted on a weekly basis with joint conference with other subspecialties to further maximize learnings.
Being trained in Evidence-based Medicine is an advantage for ID fellows-in-training as research is an integral part of the requirements for completion of the fellowship training. The program requires each trainee to complete one retrospective during their first year and one prospective research paper during their second year of training. It is also strongly encouraged that completed papers be submitted to the subspecialty society for possible publication or presentation during the annual convention.
The section is now under the leadership of Dr. Dionisio M. Tiu and Dr. Catherine T. Yu as its training officer. The section takes pride in the graduates that the program has produced, being leaders in their chosen area of clinical practice or university.