Welcome Letter

Dear Aspiring ID Doctors,

Welcome, and thank you for considering the University of Washington ID Fellowship Training Program!

If you seek a career that will be endlessly fascinating, with science that is always changing, where the need for your contributions is greater than ever, then ID should be the right choice for you. And, if you are eager to be trained by faculty who are totally committed to your success, where you will be exposed to the cutting edge of clinical and research ID, in a beautiful and progressive city, surrounded by colleagues dedicated to social justice and empowerment of society's most at-risk patients, then UW may be the right fit!

Our fellows have unsurpassed career development opportunities. When they graduate, our trainees are highly sought-after researchers, clinicians, and teachers. Please see the Top 10 Reasons to apply to UW ID below!

There has never been a more exciting time to begin your career as an ID physician, and we hope you will look carefully at our program. If our values and priorities resonate with you, we encourage you to apply!


Paul Pottinger, MD (Program Director)
Christine Johnston, MD, MPH (Associate Program Director)
Justin Ragasa, MPH (Program Manager)
Anna Wald, MD, MPH (Division Head)

UWID Top 10

Program Overview

We offer a two- to four-year training experience intended for those interested in an academic career. MD/DO fellows are invited to apply.

We aim to provide the highest quality clinical and research training in order to equip fellows with the skills they will need for a career in academic infectious diseases.

Fellows are encouraged to focus early in their fellowship on a particular area of research and to devote much of their time to a productive investigative experience.

Although formally accepted for a three-year commitment, many fellows will spend four years in fellowship training. 

ID Fellowship Structure

Year one

The first year of fellowship consists of clinical infectious disease training at four hospitals: University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC), Harborview Medical Center (HMC), Seattle Children's Hospital, and the VA Puget Sound Health Care system.

Fellows will have outpatient continuity clinics for general infectious diseases, one half-day per week, at UWMC for 6 months and HMC for 6 months. 

Year two

In the second year of fellowship, fellows will have approximately 8 weeks of inpatient consults along with continuity HIV clinic at Harborview Medical Center-Madison or the UWMC Virology Clinic at Roosevelt.

Year three

Continuity HIV clinic can continue through the third year of fellowship, and there are additional outpatient clinic opportunities focusing on different aspects of infectious diseases that fellows may elect to experience. 

We offer two tracks: Physician-Scientist or Clinician-Educator

The clinician-scholar track is a separate option on the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and will need to be specified if you wish to apply for that track. You can apply to the research (physician/scientist) track, clinician-educator track, or both. 


Fellows who pursue this traditional track have a three-year fellowship experience, with the first year focused on clinical training and the final two years focused on research.

Some fellows may pursue an MS in Epidemiology during the second year of training offered by the UW School of Public Health.

Topic areas may include laboratory-based research, clinical studies, epidemiology of infectious diseases, implementation science, diagnosis, or treatment or prevention of infectious diseases. Fellows in this track usually have salary support from NIH training grants in the research years.  


Fellows who pursue this track have more dedicated clinical time and have an academic focus on teaching, antibiotic stewardship, infection control, and quality improvement. This program can be completed in two years, but it is possible to obtain additional training in a third year. Fellows in this track are usually not supported by NIH training grants.

ID Fellows 2020
ID Fellows 2020