Medical knowledge

Goals and objectives - the fellows are expected to demonstrate knowledge of established and evolving biomedical, clinical and social sciences and demonstrate the application of their knowledge to patient care and education of others.

  • Understand the approach to patients with fever
  • Understand and interpret various microbiologic tests
  • Identify and treat various aspects of bacterial, fungal, viral, parasitic infections
  • Understand and apply principles of antimicrobial resistance
  • Understand and apply principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of antimicrobial agents
  • Understand the pathogenesis of bacterial, viral, parasitic, and fungal infections
  • Understand and treat infections of different organ systems
  • Understand varying susceptibilities to infection of immunocompromised vs immunocompetent hosts

Methods of administration

  • Direct daily interaction with supervising faculty on clinical rounds, case presentations and discussions, relevant article review
  • Core curriculum lectures
  • Board review tapes
  • Provision of ID textbook
  • Access to Numerous journals, Pub Med searches, MD consult, electronic books, Up-to-Date
  • IDSA membership and IDSA sponsored journals subscription
  • Preparation to facilitate lectures to residents or students, and presentation at conferences
  • Clinical microbiology weekly ‘plate rounds’
  • Direct interaction with clinical pharmacist proficient in infectious disease pharmaceuticals
  • Attendance of various conferences (internal medicine grand rounds, other specialty conferences in interdisciplinary topics)
  • Integrated case conference and subsequent discussion of articles
  • Attendance of courses relevant to chosen field of research, including MPH

Methods of assessment

  • Direct observation and supervision by faculty on daily clinical rounds
  • Reports by residents, primary team members
  • Ability to respond to questions when presenting in conferences
  • IDSA Fellows’ In-Training Exam
  • Board scores
  • Mini-CEX evaluations

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