Medical Microbiology Fellowship (Infectious Disease and Molecular Microbiology)

The Franz Von Lichtenberg Fellowship in Infectious Disease and Molecular Microbiology (Medical Microbiology) is a fully accredited one-year training program in medical microbiology, based at Brigham and Women's Hospital (an affiliate of Harvard Medical School), with elective rotations to the Centers for Disease Control (Atlanta, GA).

This is a specialized fellowship designed to train the next leaders in the field of infectious disease diagnostics and combines the traditional curriculum of medical microbiology (bacteriology, mycology, virology, and parasitology) with a unique long-term experiences in anatomic infectious disease pathology and molecular diagnostics. The curriculum includes formal block rotations in all areas of microbiology, elective experiences at other institutions, and dedicated research time. As part of the long-term experiences, the trainee is involved with daily sign out of anatomic cases with infectious etiologies, correlation of these cases with microbiology, and use, design, and practical implementation of molecular diagnostics for infectious diseases. Trainees also participate in teaching fellow residents in related disciplines and medical students at Harvard Medical School.

Opportunities for research collaboration with staff members are available in all areas of microbiology, molecular diagnostics, and infectious diseases. Faculty members of allied services from all hospitals also accept residents for research training.


Preference will be given to candidates who are Board certified or eligible for certification by the American Board of Pathology in anatomic pathology or anatomic and clinical pathology and who have demonstrated an interest in pursuing an academic career. Applicants must be eligible for a Massachusetts medical license. Candidates must have an MD or DO to be eligible for this fellowship program.

How To Apply

For AY 2026-2027, the Medical Microbiology Fellowship (Infectious Disease and Molecular Microbiology) will begin accepting applications on May 1, 2024.

  • CAP Standardized Pathology Fellowship Application
  • Curriculum Vitae (must be in date/year format 00/0000)
  • Personal Statement describing career goals and cytopathology interest
  • USMLE Steps 1, 2, & 3 Score Report- (Canadian physicians and Doctors of Osteopathy who are eligible for licensure may substitute documentation of successful completion of LMCC/MCCQE and COMLEX examinations, respectively, in lieu of USMLE examinations).
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  • Three Letters of Recommendation (one letter must be from your current program director or department chair)
  • Copy of MD Degree or equivalent (International medical graduates only)
  • Copy of ECFMG Certificate (International medical graduate only)

Fellowship application form and inquiries should be submitted by email to:

Department of Pathology
Brigham and Women's Hospital
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115

Phone: 617-732-4699
Fax: 617-278-6934

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