Program Details

ASM offers two-year postdoctoral training programs in medical and public health microbiology and medical laboratory immunology. The training is overseen by the subCommittee on Postdoctoral Educational Programs (CPEP) and Postdoctoral training in a CPEP-approved program is the best first step toward an exciting career. All CPEP fellows conduct original or collaborative research in conjunction with their clinical training in:

  • Laboratory management
  • Epidemiology
  • Public health
  • Laboratory safety
Fellows in the medical microbiology training program will learn about:
  • Diagnostic bacteriology
  • Mycology
  • Parasitology and virology
  • Methods in antimicrobial testing
  • Molecular diagnostic techniques for infectious diseases
Fellows in the medical immunology training program will learn about:
  • Malignancies
  • Immunodeficiencies
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Allergies
  • Infectious diseases
  • Transplantation

Completion of a CPEP-approved program also allows fellows to increase their earning potential in their careers (see the most recent salary survey) and to become eligible for ABMM certification.


CPEP fellowships are open to postdoctoral-level candidates (e.g., Ph.D., M.D., Sc.D., D.O., and Dr. P.H.); however, Doctorate of Clinical Laboratory Sciences (DCLS) degrees and PharmD degrees are not acceptable for admission to a CPEP-accredited program. Applicants should read the eligibility requirements of each program and submit the online application to programs of interest to them.

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  1. Confirm your eligibility.
  2. Identify the program that you are interested in.
  3. Apply online.
  4. The program will contact you if they’d like to move forward.


Dates & Deadlines

See a list of important application dates and deadlines for each program here.

Please note that application review periods are not standardized among the programs, and not all programs accept a new fellow each year.

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CPEP Program Descriptions


Become a CPEP Accredited Program
Are you seeking accreditation (approval) for a postgraduate fellowship training program in medical and public health microbiology or medical laboratory immunology? Your institution must meet these requirements:
  • Have complete clinical laboratories or reference laboratories that perform clinical and/or public health microbiology or immunology procedures
  • Be accredited, certified, or licensed as required by law
  • Adhere to non-discriminatory practices with regard to race, color, creed, sex, age, sexual preference, national origin or disability, in admission and treatment of students, postdoctoral students, and staff
  • Adhere to the ASM Code of Ethics
  • Meet the requirements in the design and conduct of CPEP-accredited medical and public health laboratory microbiology or medical laboratory immunology programs.

To apply for CPEP accreditation, contact for the necessary forms and requirements.

The application review and accreditation process can take up to 12 months, including a site visit.