Infection Prevention and Control Fellowship

Fellowship Program at McMaster

Infection Prevention and Control is a critical component of the clinical care at HHS, and impacts all trainees working within our hospital system. The Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) service implements evidence-based practices and procedures that, when applied consistently, can prevent or reduce the risk of transmission of microorganisms to health care providers, clients, patients, residents and visitors.

Dr. Dominik Mertz, Program Director
Dr. Dominik Mertz, Program Director


The Infection Prevention and Control Fellowship Program is multifaceted in its components. Within the program, fellows partake in:

  • optional involvement in the clinical care of infectious diseases patients
  • participating in infectious diseases educational events as well as IPAC specific session
  • educational sessions within the IPAC program, and also have the opportunity to lead and facilitate sessions with junior trainees and infection control practitioners
  • the research projects ongoing within the Infectious Diseases Division, and clinically relevant research projects pertaining to infection control and antimicrobial stewardship

Certification Outcome

The successful completion of the fellowship will grant a Fellowship McMaster Certification

Entry Requirements

Applicants have completed an Infectious Diseases or Medical Microbiology Fellowship program.

Application Deadline

Usually September 1 of the year prior to enrollment. Please inquire for details. 

A CV and a completed IPAC fellowship application form are required.


Goals of Training

Epidemiological principles (Medical Expert/Scholar)
Basic principles of surveillance (Medical Expert, Scholar, Collaborator)
Principles of Outbreak Investigation (Medical expert, Health Advocate, Communicator)
General isolation procedures (Medical Expert, Health Advocate, Manager)
Disinfection and sterilization (Medical expert, Health Advocate, Manager)
Role of the hospital environment (Medical Expert, Scholar, Collaborator)
Handwashing and disinfection (Medical expert, Professional, Health Advocate)
Specific nosocomial agents (Medical Expert, Collaborator)
Specific health care settings (Medical Expert, Scholar, Health Advocate)
Occupational health (Medical Expert, Collaborator)
Antimicrobial Stewardship (Medical Expert, Scholar, Health Advocate, Collaborator)

Length of Training

The IPAC fellowship is usually 1 year duration, with integrated Antimicrobial stewardship components.

Some fellows have requested a 2 year fellowship to consolidate both subject areas in more depth.


The majority of trainees come with external funding to our program, please inquire for more details.

Curriculum Highlights

Fellows typically rotate for 1 to 2 months on the Infectious Diseases inpatient service to develop comfort with local clinical practices, laboratory testing, and the hospital system.

Thereafter key components of Infection Prevention and Control contents are covered:

  • Outbreak management
  • Sterilization and Disinfection
  • Construction
  • Post-exposure prophylaxis for clinical patients, and health care workers
  • Antimicrobial stewardship components
  • Surgical site infections
  • CAUTI, SSI, CLABSI prevention
  • Healthcare surveillance
  • Clinical epidemiology
  • Critical Appraisal
  • Hand hygiene
  • Antimicrobial-resistant organisms
  • Isolation and Personal Protective Equipment
  • Clinical Leadership and Team dynamics

Fellows typically have 1-2 months of dedicated research time.

Fellows have 2 months of electives (including areas such as):

  • Public health
  • Microbiology, virology, molecular diagnostics
  • Infectious diseases/Immunocompromised populations (at HHS or external partners)
  • Antimicrobial stewardship (at HHS or external partners)

Supervision & Feedback

Fellows are evaluated quarterly with our Medsis online evaluation system – graded mainly on CANMEDS competencies, this usually include in person feedback. Fellows typically have a mid-year and end of year evaluation and feedback opportunity.

Dominik Mertz

Medicine, Infectious Diseases
Dominik Mertz
Associate Professor
Infectious Diseases Division Director; Medical Director, Infection Control, Hamilton Health Sciences

905-525-9140 ext. 43952

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