Division of infectious disease

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.

Journal Club
The attendings and Infectious Diseases Fellows are responsible for discussing new journal articles of interest once a month at journal club.

HIV Case Conference
In this multidisciplinary conference attendings and fellows discuss challenging HIV patient issues including adherence, coinfections, associated diseases, and antiretroviral resistance. This conference is held twice a month.

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Case-of-the-Week Conference
At the Case-of-the-Week" conference, current infectious disease cases of interest are presented and discussed in detail with the faculty, Infectious Diseases Fellows and residents of the Adult and Pediatric Infectious Diseases divisions, Diagnostic Microbiology laboratory, and other collaborating divisions. The Program Director in conjunction with the ID fellows is responsible for planning the conference. Patients seen on the consult service are usually presented, but patients presenting in other clinical areas may also be presented.The Infectious Diseases Fellow is expected to present patients at this conference, review the literature, and discuss certain aspects of the case.

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.

Topics include:

 Principles of antibiotic use
 Antiviral agents
 Inpatient management of HIV infected patients
 Outpatient management of HIV infected patients
 Assessment of febrile patients
 Nosocomial infections
 Travel medicine
 Staphylococcal infections
 Cutaneous manifestations of infectious diseases

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.


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