An infectious disease specialist is a medical doctor who is qualified to diagnose and treat infectious diseases such as HIV or TB. These medical doctors render their services either on hospitals or at out-patient-based.
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How to become an infectious disease specialist?
In order to become an infectious disease specialist, one has to take the following career track:
- Complete a pre-med Bachelor degree;
- Pass the College Admission Test (MCAT);
- Gain entry to the licensed medical school and complete the 4-year course of study, including the period of internship;
- Pass the 3-parts of the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE);
- Complete a 3-4-year residency in internal medicine;
- Join a 2-3-year fellowship in infectious diseases. The fellowship would include:
- One year of clinical care practice;
- One or two years of research practice;
- 2 weeks practice at a microbiology lab;
- One can choose a fellowship for the clinical investigator or basic investigator track that emphasizes modern research methods, analytical skills, molecular biology, and genetics.
- Obtain the infectious disease certification from the American Board of Internal Medicine;
How much do infectious disease specialists make?
In the United States, the average salary for infectious disease specialists is between $190,779 and $256,031.
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