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Welcome to the Infectious Disease Fellowship Program at Kern Medical

Dr Heidari It is my pleasure to welcome you to the new Kern Medical Fellowship in Infectious Disease. This program is based primarily at Kern Medical, a 222-bed acute care teaching hospital in Bakersfield, California, approximately 120 miles north of Los Angeles. The hospital supports 5 fully accredited residency training programs: Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Psychiatry and Pharmacy, as well as 3 Fellowships. The ID Fellowship has been purposefully designed to provide each graduate the knowledge and experience to confidently consult and manage the broad range of diseases this subspecialty encompasses.

Through our robust academic affiliation with the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, a number of rotations for this Fellowship are conducted at other UCLA-affiliated sites including Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Olive View-UCLA Medical Center and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

While at Kern Medical, most of your educational experience will come from inpatient consultations and ambulatory infectious disease clinics. You will develop expertise in managing patients with bacterial, viral, and fungal infections including Coccidioidomycosis, HIV, viral Hepatitis, parasitic infections, and tuberculosis. You will also be well-trained in the fundamentals of infectious diseases in transplantation, epidemiology, infection prevention, microbiology, and Public Health at our participating sites. Our faculty-to-Fellow ratio fosters solid mentoring in an atmosphere of camaraderie and teamwork.

We are home to the Valley Fever Institute which focuses on Coccidioidomycosis, endemic to the desert southwest. Our mission is to increase education and awareness for the public, patients, and health care providers; provide the best patient care available and promote research that includes epidemiology, clinical drug development, prevention, immunology, and immunizations. Working with these patients, you can anticipate seeing some of the most unique and interesting cases in your career.

Kern Medical’s Infectious Disease physicians are all experienced clinician-educators with several years of teaching experience, academic publications, research studies, and participation in professional organizations. All are board-certified in Infectious Disease and hold academic appointments at the David Geffen School of Medicine. As a Fellow in our program, you will actively participate in scholarly activities such as clinical or observational research undertaking to be presented at local, regional, or even international meetings. The unique combination of training sites with both clinical and scholarly activities provides you the opportunity to be an integral member of our Infectious Disease team while gaining exposure to the full spectrum of ID experiences.

Arash Heidari, MD, FACP

Program Director
Director, Medicine Sub Specialty Clinics, Kern Medical
Associate Medical Director, Valley Fever Institute

Professor of Medicine
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

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