Travel Clinic

  • held twice weekly at UIHC, fellows rotate as per schedule
  • Each fellow will have a ½ day Travel clinic assigned to meet a total of 6-10 clinics over 2 years

Goals and Objectives

  • During this rotation, the first year fellow is expected to:
  • Become proficient in obtaining pertinent health history and vaccination history
  • Become proficient in predicting possible exposures based on patient’s itinerary, travel plans and underlying health status.
  • Become proficient in recommending immunoprophylaxis and chemoprophylaxis, in a manner individualized to the traveler’s medical and social needs and planned itinerary
  • Provide advice as to general principles of avoiding a variety of environmental exposures
  • Help arrange for follow up if problems arise for returning travelers.
  • Develop understanding of, and comply with, various governmental requirements for travel

Teaching Methods

An ID attending is present for each patient encounter, reviews the relevant history and travel plans, and helps decide on the recommendations and counseling given to patients. Assessment, plans and encounter notes are reviewed.

Mix of Clinical Topics

There are on average about 60 new patient travel clinic visits per month at UIHC. Patients traveling to countries all over the world are seen for pre-travel recommendations.

Patient Characteristics and types of clinical encounters, procedures and services

Patients from a variety of socioeconomic levels and ethnic background are evaluated

Reading/Learning Lists

  • CDC Yellow Book
  • Travax Web site
  • Principles and Practice of Infectious Disease, Mandell, et. al., 7th edition
  • Core curriculum conferences on parasitology and tropical/travel medicine

Evaluation

Immediate feedback is given on each patient presentation. Written evaluations by the Travel clinic attendings are given biannually.

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