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 (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 BMT
  7. CNS infections: bacterial meningitis, aseptic meningitis, encephalitis, brain abscess, spinal infections, infections of CSF shunts
  8. Upper respiratory tract infections, including sinusitis and otitis
  9. Viral hepatitis – diagnosis, treatment
  10. Tuberculosis and atypical mycobacterial infections
  11. Bone and joint infections: native and prosthetic joints, osteomyelitis, diabetic foot
  12. Skin structure infections
  13. Cardiovascular infections
  14. Sexually transmitted infections
  15. Infections of eye structures
  16. Infections of the urinary tract
  17. Infections of reproductive tract
  18. Vector-borne illness
  19. Viral infections
  20. Fungal infections
  21. Fever of unknown origin
  22. C. Difficile infection
  23. Antimicrobial resistance
  24. Pharmacy topics: a) pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics; b) outpatient antimicrobial therapy; c) antimicrobial stewardship
  25. Zoonoses
  26. Health-care associated infections
  27. Immunodeficiency syndromes
  28. Toxin-mediated syndromes
  29. Head and neck infections, including eye infections

Antimicrobial agents

  1. Antimicrobial agents and resistance mechanisms
  2. Pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics
  3. Principles and interpretation of sensitivity testing
  4. Antifungals, outpatient antibiotic therapy, and antibiotic stewardship

Diagnosis (Some of these are covered during Clinical Microbiology Rotation)

  1. Culture diagnosis of infectious disease
  2. Serologic diagnosis of infectious diseases
  3. Molecular diagnosis of infectious diseases
  4. Radiologic diagnosis of infectious diseases

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 neutropenics who are neutropenic
  2. Patients with leukemia, lymphoma or other malignancies
  3. Patients following solid organ or hematopoietic cell transplantation
  4. Patients with HIV/AIDS or patients immunocompromised by other diseases or their treatment

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

  1. Pleuropulmonary infections
  2. Cardiovascular infections
  3. Central nervous system infections
  4. Gastrointestinal and intra-abdominal infections
  5. Skin and soft tissue infections
  6. Bone and joint infections
  7. Infections of prosthetic devices, other devices or hardware
  8. Infections related to trauma
  9. Sepsis syndromes
  10. Nosocomial infections
  11. Urinary tract infections
  12. STI’s and other infections of the reproductive tract
  13. Viral infections, including viral hepatitis
  14. Fungal infections
  15. Mycobacterial infections
  16. Vector-borne infections and zoonoses
  17. Fever of unknown origin
  18. Head and neck infections, eye infections
  19. Infections in the ICU (medical, cardiac, surgical ICUs)
  20. Infections in pregnancy
  21. Infections control/infection prevention
  22. Infections in immunocompromised patients
  23. Parasitic infections

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