This category of membership honors individuals who have achieved special recognition in the field of healthcare epidemiology and can be reached through academic or clinical tracks. To be considered, applicants should have 7 or more years of continuous experience as SHEA members.

Criteria for Fellowship on the Academic Track:

  • 5 first-authored or at least 10 non-first authored publications in peer-reviewed journals with a majority related to healthcare epidemiology (including antimicrobial stewardship)
  • Medical school appointment at the level of associate professor or above, or documented excellence in the field of healthcare epidemiology (e.g. clinician, researcher, public health, government services, or teacher)
  • Service and commitment to SHEA (e.g. participation on the SHEA Board, committees, task forces, working groups, SHEA Research Network , regular attendance at SHEA meetings)

Criteria for Fellowship on the Clinical Track:

  • Documented productivity through publication, service or presentations at local, national, or international meetings on topics related to healthcare epidemiology
  • Documented excellence as a teacher and/or clinician in healthcare epidemiology
  • Service and commitment to SHEA (participation on the SHEA Board, committees, task forces, working groups , SHEA Research Network and/or regular attendance at SHEA meetings)

How to Apply

In order for the application to be considered, each candidate must:

  • Complete the SHEA Fellow Advancement Application (PDF).
  • Submit an updated Curriculum Vitae (CV) along with the application.
  • Submit letters of support from two SHEA members. The recommendations should provide applicant's credentials and document in detail how the candidate meets the criteria for advancement to Fellow of SHEA. Recommendations should be sent directly to SHEA by the member writing the recommendation.

The application along with other required documents (detailed below) may be mailed or faxed to:

SHEA Member Services
ATTN: Fellow Advancement
1300 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22209
fax: (703) 684-1009

Assessment and Approval of Applications

Applications are reviewed for approval by the SHEA Board of Trustees on a rolling basis. Disposition letters will be mailed to each applicant after the Board of Directors meets.

For questions or other assistance with your application, please email or call (703) 684-1008.

SHEA is more than just a membership, it’s a professional community whose central commitment is prevention of healthcare-associated infections and application of healthcare epidemiology to improve patient safety and healthcare outcomes.

Joining SHEA expands your network within the healthcare epidemiology and infection prevention community, enhances your professional skills, keeps you current on emerging science, and advances your career. Join today!

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Membership dues are not deductible as charitable contributions for Federal income tax purposes. Pursuant to the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993, SHEA estimates that 0% of dues for calendar year 2017 is attributable to nondeductible lobbying activity and is not, therefore, deductible under IRS Code Section 162 as an ordinary and necessary business expense. The remaining 100% of your membership dues, however, is deductible for most members of SHEA under Section 162 of the IRS Code as an ordinary and necessary business expense. SHEA has been orga­nized and is operated as a not-for-profit organization in accordance with the requirements of Section 501(c)( 6) of the Code. The SHEA federal tax ID number is: 58-1410314.

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Professional Growth
Collaborate and share knowledge through committees, special interest groups, writing groups and other volunteer opportunities

  • Get recognized and advance your career as a clinician, professor, researcher, or infection preventionist through a variety of awards and scholarship opportunities
  • Find your next career opportunity by using SHEA's online career center and job board
  • Interact with global members and experts by participating in online conversations using MySHEA, an online networking community, with growing opportunities to share ideas, request feedback, access the member database, and participate in the community
  • Broaden your reach by participating in SHEA's growing media presence in scientific and mainstream media that draws on member experts

Lifelong Learning

  • Access clinical guidelines and practice resources relevant for the specialty
  • Attend in person educational events like SHEA's Spring Conference, IDWeek, and more for continuous learning opportunities at a member's only discounted rate
  • Read expert opinions on leading research published in scientific journals and current events with a monthly subscription to our online newsletter, SHEA News

Drive the Science

  • Access to timely scientific thought leadership with a monthly subscription and online access (including historical access) to Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology (ICHE), SHEA's monthly scientific journal
  • Opportunities to present original science by submitting abstracts to the SHEA Spring Conference and IDWeek
  • Submit your own research to ICHE for publishing
  • Participate in national and international multi-center research projects to help address the burning issues in the specialty by signing for the SHEA Research Network


  • Add your voice to our advocacy efforts on relevant federal and regulatory policy
  • Help to advance key regulatory initiatives critical for the specialty
  • Commit to the epidemiology/infection preventionists role in today's key issues – infection prevention, antimicrobial stewardship, outbreak management, patient safety and more
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SHEA is dedicated to preventing and controlling morbidity, mortality, and the cost-of-care linked to healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). By advancing the science and practice of healthcare epidemiology, SHEA showcases its members’ expertise and their vital role in prevention and healthcare quality improvement.

SHEA supports members by providing the highest quality education and information. Members receive numerous opportunities for professional development as well as a subscription to the renowned SHEA journal, Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. As the leading voice in the field, SHEA advocates for its members, providing greater understanding and adoption of improved policies and practices related to epidemiology and infection prevention and control.

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