Blog | Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Infectious diseases and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad match

Here we go again. Another internal medicine subspecialty “match day” and another record (bad) day for infectious disease as a subspecialty. How bad? The previous record (set last year) for unfilled ID programs was 54. This year 70 programs went unfilled, meaning that for the first time ever there were more programs that didn't fill than that did. Almost 100 funded ID training positions unfilled in a single year!

We've blogged about this trend before, here and here, and discussed some of the reasons that ID is in decline as a specialty (along with some suggestions for how to turn this around). I don't have any new insight, except to make the point that this is now beyond a crisis situation for our specialty. It's a dumpster fire.

Daniel J. Diekema, MD, FACP, practices infectious diseases, clinical microbiology, and hospital epidemiology in Iowa City, Iowa, splitting time between seeing patients with infectious diseases, diagnosing infections in the microbiology laboratory, and trying to prevent infections in the hospital. This post originally appeared at the blog Controversies in Hospital Infection Prevention.