Department of Medicine - Division of Geographic Medicine
Professor and Head
Myron M. Levine, MD, DTPH
Postgraduate fellowships in geographic medicine are offered in conjunction with the division of infectious diseases. Fellows spend their first year doing clinical rotations on the adult or pediatric infectious diseases consultation services at the University of Maryland Medical Center, the Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems, and the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center. The second year is spent in clinical or laboratory research under the supervision of faculty members.
Research may be conducted in the laboratories of the division in Baltimore or in one of the division’s field areas in Chile or Africa. The division is closely tied to the University of Maryland Center for Vaccine Development. Laboratories are fully equipped for work in molecular genetics, immunology, antigen purification, routine and enteric microbiology, parasitology (including animal studies) and antimicrobial sensitivity testing. Faculty research interests include the pathogenesis and epidemiology of enteric organisms such as Vibrio cholerae and other vibrios, E. coli, Salmonella, Shigella, and rotavirus. Much of the research effort is directed towards developing vaccines against these enteric pathogens, as well as vaccine testing against malaria and other nonenteric diseases. The division maintains a close relationship with the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine where fellows may take courses in epidemiology and biostatistics during their training. Application is made through the fellowship program director.