The Infectious Diseases Division has several conferences that the Infectious Diseases Fellow is expected to attend and participate - Journal Club, HIV Case Conference, and Case of the Week Conference. Additionally, the fellow is required to attend a didactic lectures series.
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.
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.
Other Educational Opportunities
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 committee. 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 encouraged and funded by the division.
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.