Adult Infectious Diseases

​Adult Infectious Diseases 

Fellowship training in Infectious Diseases has been reviewed and approved by the Postgraduate Medical Education Committee of Aga Khan University and commenced in January 2010.  The programme is designed to develop fully trained Infectious Diseases physicians who would be able to complete the requirements for FCPS in infectious diseases. 

Training at AKU in this discipline offers a unique experience in adult infectious diseases with exposure to a wide range of both inpatient and outpatient infections as well as in-house rotations in the clinical microbiology laboratory and paediatric infectious diseases, experience in infection control and antimicrobial stewardship as well as ample opportunities for electives outside of the institute. 


The objective of the programme is to produce competent and skilled academic infectious diseases physicians.  The graduates of this programme would have acquired the training and exposure to all the endemic infectious diseases as well as to infection control and antimicrobial stewardship and consequently function as independent infectious diseases specialists. 

Duration of training 

Training period is two years. 


  • MBBS degree approved by PM&DC 
  • FCPS Part II in Medicine 

Scope and content 

Clinical training 

The fellow will rotate with the faculty on-service who will train the candidate in the diagnosis, management and prevention of infections.  Rotations through Paediatric infectious diseases and the clinical microbiology laboratory at Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi and Indus Hospital, SIUT and MALC will be provided.  The selected fellow will be expected to assume and provide leadership to Infectious diseases team at AKUH.  The fellow will also be actively involved in the infection control activities of the hospital as well as antimicrobial stewardship programs.


Ample opportunities exist to conduct clinical and basic sciences research.  The fellow will be expected to publish one paper during his/her training and make a presentation at a national level every year.  The fellow will be expected to participate in continuing medical education programmes of the University. 


Continuous assessment and evaluation will be done by all faculty members on a daily basis.  The fellow will be debriefed at the end of a rotation with each faculty member. 

Positions available 

One fellow will be recruited every year. 

Administrative set-up 

There are currently three full-time infectious disease specialists, two assistant professors and one senior instructor.  Infectious disease is part of the section of Internal Medicine which is part of the Department of Medicine.  The Programme Director is Dr Syed Faisal Mahmood. 

Full-time Faculty 

Assistant Professors

Dr Syed Faisal Mahmood
Diplomate American Boards of Internal Medicine and Internal Medicine (Infectious Diseases)

Dr. Farheen Ali
Diplomate American Boards of Internal Medicine and Internal Medicine (Infectious Diseases)

Senior Instructor

Dr. Kiren Habib
FCPS Medicine, Karachi

Part-time Faculty 

Dr. Naseem Salahuddin
MBBS Karachi

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