As the program director, I warmly welcome you to the Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program. You will find the next two years of your fellowship training to be emotionally exciting, physically demanding and most intellectually fulfilling as you complete your transformation to become a respected specialist in an ever- changing field of medicine.
The faculty members of the Division are committed to ensuring your success as colleagues-in-training. With the diversity of experiences in the University of Arizona Medical Center Main and South Campuses, the Veteran Affairs Medical Center – Tucson, and the ambulatory care experiences in the Peterson Clinic, the Southern Arizona Infectious Disease Specialist, and the Arizona Department of Health Services, these opportunities will allow you to explore and develop your interests.
Being the fellows, you set the example of the professional consultant- a “doctor’s doctor”, to those in training- medical students, interns, residents and even fellows in other specialties. This challenge involves not only becoming knowledgeable in the field (read as much as you can on a daily basis) but also demonstrating excellence both critical appraisal of the literature and in scholarly presentation. We will help develop these important aspects of becoming the specialist in Infectious Diseases.
The most important point I want to leave with you is this- as Infectious disease fellows, you stand alone- however, recognize that you are never alone. At times, the demands may weigh heavy. It is my responsibility to serve as your advocate, and ensure your training is satisfying and positive experience.
John Leander Po, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson