ID Fellowship: Didactic Program
The Infectious Diseases Division has three conferences that the Infectious Diseases Fellow is expected to attend and participate - Journal Club, HIV Case Conference, and Case of the Week Conference.
HIV Case Conference
The Infectious Diseases Fellows meet every week with a member of the Infectious Diseases faculty to discuss topics in Infectious Diseases. The formats of these meetings are intentionally left open so that the needs of the Infectious Diseases Fellow can be met. Potential formats include critical review of assigned readings from the literature, discussions of medical and research ethics, and in-depth discussions of clinical topics.
Infectious Diseases faculty give a series of 10 didactic presentations concerning important facets of infectious diseases each month for consult and inpatient residents and students. These are usually given at 9 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday.
Principles of antibiotic use
The Infectious Diseases Fellow is expected to develop and present a lecture in this series.
Hospital epidemiology and infection control are important areas that an Infectious Diseases specialist must know. Dr. Cassandra Salgado is the Medical University Hospital epidemiologist and Dr. Preston Church is the VA epidemiologist. Fellows participate in infection control-related activities as well as serve as a member of the infection control commitee. Attending national training courses in hospital epidemiology such as the one organized by Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (SHEA/CDC) is also possible.
The ID fellow also rotates through The Diagnostic Microbiology Laboratory, where the laboratory work-up, including proper specimen collection and handling, identification and antimicrobial susceptibilities of viral, bacterial, mycobacterial, and fungal pathogens are learned.