Curriculum

The Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program at the University of Iowa is ACGME accredited for two years, at the end of which the fellow will meet ABIM eligibility requirements for board certification. However, a third year is strongly encouraged for fellows interested in an academic career. This optional third year would be focused on research activity.

Core Curriculum Topics

Clinical topics

  1. HIV – lecture block and clinical experience
  2. Travel, Tropical Medicine and Parasitology – lecture block and clinical experience
  3. Clinical epidemiology and infection control – lectures, extension program participation and on-call experience
  4. Principles of prophylaxis: antibiotic and immunologic prophylaxis
  5. Common community-associated infections
  6. Infections in transplant recipients – solid organ and HCT
  7. CNS infections
  8. Viral hepatitis – diagnosis, treatment
  9. Tuberculosis and atypical mycobacterial infections
  10. Bone and joint infections, including diabetic foot infections
  11. Skin structure infections
  12. Sexually transmitted infections
  13. Vector-borne illness and Zoonoses
  14. Viral infections
  15. Fungal infections
  16. Fever of unknown origin
  17. Pharmacy topics: including pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic principles of antimicrobial prescribing, outpatient antimicrobial therapy, antimicrobial resistance, antimicrobial stewardship, etc.
  18. Health-care associated infections
  19. Immunodeficiency syndromes
  20. Toxin-mediated syndromes
  21. Head and neck infections

Clinical Experience

Fellows will have clinical experience and demonstrate competence in the evaluation and management of infections in patients with major impairments of host defense:

  1. Patients who are neutropenic due to malignancies and their treatments
  2. Patients with solid organ or hematopoietic cell transplantation
  3. Patients with HIV/AIDS or immunocompromised by other diseases or their treatments

Fellows will have clinical experience and demonstrate competence in the evaluation and management of patients with the following disorders and clinical situations involving:

  1. Breadth of organ system infections (eg, cardiovascular, CNS, bone and joints, etc)
  2. Infections of devices or hardware
  3. Sepsis or trauma requiring Intensive Care (Medical, Surgical, Neurosurgical, Cardiovascular ICUs)
  4. Nosocomial infections or other epidemiologically-pertinent infections
  5. Array of pathogens (Viral, Fungal, Mycobacterial, Parasitic, Bacterial)
  6. Infections in pregnancy
  7. Fever of unknown origin

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