Limits of 'Fauci effect': Infectious disease applicants plummet, and hospitals are scrambling
A lack of doctors entering infectious disease fellowships – and the ensuing shortage of these specialists – has been a concern for years, with experts pointing to the comparatively low earnings these physicians make as a major disincentive for doctors considering which field to enter. University of Arizona assistant professor of medicine Saman Nematollahi, the associate program director of the university's fellowship, pointed out that throughout the pandemic, ID specialists were not just treating patients. They were drafted into setting up infection policies at their hospitals and serving as advisers to state and local governments, school districts and beyond. "We do it because we know how important it is to public health," said Nematollahi, who's involved with a group called the ID Fellows Network that promotes training and education. "But it's extra work that is not compensated."