Post-Doctoral Fellowship in STD Prevention

November 10, 2008 at 4:04 pm Leave a comment

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in STD Prevention

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The Division of STD Prevention (DSTD), at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides

national leadership through research, policy development, and support of effective services to prevent

sexually transmitted diseases (including HIV infection) and the related complications such as

enhanced HIV transmission, infertility, adverse outcomes of pregnancy, and reproductive tract cancer.

The Division assists health departments, health-care providers and non-governmental organizations,

and collaborates with other governmental entities through the development, syntheses, translation,

and dissemination of timely, science-based information; the development of national goals and

science-based policy; and the development and support of science-based programs that meet the

needs of communities. DSTD accomplishes this mission through the provision of technical and

financial support to 65 STD prevention programs nationwide; including the 50 states, 7 large cities,

and 8 territories. STD prevention activities supported include disease surveillance, disease

intervention (counseling and partner notification services), school and community based educations

programs, and program relevant behavioral, epidemiologic, clinical, health services, and evaluation

research. At the national level, DSTD supports technical assistance, laboratory, clinical, and program

training, operational programs, policy coordination, guidelines development and prevention research.

Fellowship Assignment Description:

Several infectious disease and other sub-specialty postdoctoral fellowship programs in the United

States emphasize sexually transmitted diseases in trainees’ research experience and career

development. However, the majority of these fellowships have emphasized microbiology,

immunopathology, diagnosis and clinical management more than epidemiology, prevention, and

service delivery. While the existing training programs have been successful in creating a national

pool of superior academic investigators, with a few notable exceptions, trainees have either remained

in an STD research setting or have moved out of the field altogether and have not assumed positions

of leadership and responsibility in the field of STD services in state or local health departments. This

STD prevention fellowship will emphasize epidemiology, behavioral science, health services research,

and prevention of STDs. Under supervision and mentorship, fellows will pursue one or more research

projects directly relevant to careers in public health, STD epidemiology, and prevention. Examples

include research in provision of STD prevention services, research in STD/HIV interaction, analysis of

traditional or innovative approaches to STD prevention and control such as partner notification or peer

counseling; and behavioral intervention research.

The proposed fellowship’s major component consists of research training that emphasizes STD

epidemiology, behavioral sciences, prevention and/or service delivery at the Division of STD

Prevention (DSTD), National Centers for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHSTP), Centers for

Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).ease Control and Prevention

Required and/or Desired Skills and Knowledge:

This fellowship is a post-doctoral level experience. Applicants must have earned an MD, DO, PhD,

DrPH, or equivalent degree. Preferred medical specialties include infectious diseases, OB/GYN,

family medicine, adolescent medicine, preventive medicine or internal medicine. While the fellowship

is primarily designed for individuals with medical training, non-medical post-doctoral candidates,

including individuals trained in public health, epidemiology, or one of the behavioral sciences, health

services research or nursing, are also eligible and may be considered.

Strong preference will be shown to applicants currently involved with a university-affiliated research

component with an emphasis in one or more of the following as related to STD: epidemiology,

behavioral science, prevention, and science delivery.


Applicant must provide three letters of recommendation. The personal essay should be one page,

and outline career goals with particular emphasis on future involvement in STD prevention.

Expected Benefits:

The primary goal of this fellowship is to provide a training experience for individuals who, upon

completion, can be appointed to universities, or state or local health department STD prevention

programs. This is critical to developing/ reshaping a balanced STD prevention focus into the next

century. The individual fellow will be assigned specific program-relevant research during the

fellowship. This unique experience will help to develop a cadre of experts in STD prevention with an

understanding of the public health system in this nation, and who will be able to address STD

prevention needs across public and private sectors.

Period of Assignment:

The term of each Fellowship is one year, with the possibility of a one year renewal, for a total of two

years maximum, and is anticipated to be completed entirely at the Centers for Disease Control’s

National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention, Division of STD Prevention (DSTD) in Atlanta, GA.

DSTD maintains projects in other geographic locations in the continental US and, upon identification

and availability of a suitable project, may instead choose to sponsor one or more of the fellowships at

an alternate geographic site(s), to be determined at the discretion of the DSTD. Fellows will be

informed within 6-8 weeks prior to their expected start-date as to the location of their assignment


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