Conferences

Core Curriculum Lecture Series

This is a weekly lecture series conducted by the ID faculty (or faculty from outside the division) reviewing key infectious disease topics.

Goals and Objectives: To discuss various topics relevant to the practice of infectious diseases and to increase the fellows' knowledge base in General Infectious Diseases.

Topics include:

  • HIV medicine
  • Travel medicine, parasitology
  • Epidemiology and infection control
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Basics of immunology
  • Pharmacology of antimicrobials, antimicrobial resistance
  • Clinical syndromes recognition, diagnosis and treatment
  • Organism – specific topics (fungal, viral, mycobacterial, vector-borne)
  • Organ – specific topics (CNS infections, respiratory tract infections)

Frequency: One hour weekly

Format: Can either be a formal lecture, discussion on assigned readings, practice tests, or other teaching modalities deemed appropriate by the attending assigned

Supervision: Faculty is assigned to conduct each session, faculty attend

Evaluation: Fellows are given semi-annual evaluations of the entire program. The core curriculum lecture series is one of the items evaluated.

Infectious Disease Grand Rounds

This is a weekly conference attended by all ID faculty and fellows, microbiology staff, pathology staff, residents and medical students. Presenters include the fellows and ID attendings. Two to three times a month fellows (team 2 and off-clinical service fellows) will present and discuss a clinical case. Presenting fellows are expected to discuss case selection and discussion points prior to the conference with faculty. Once a month faculty will present and discuss a clinical case or topic of choice. Once a month (September through May) a clinical faculty presents a case and a fellow (or grad student) addresses relevant basic science aspects of the presented case as a part of a course entitled "Integrated Topics in Infectious Diseases."

Goals and Objectives: To discuss selected clinical cases. Diagnostic and management approaches are solicited from the attendees. Fellows should:

  • Become proficient in the presentation of clinical ID cases
  • Become proficient in the critical reading of clinical literature
  • Present summary of clinical literature
  • Apply literature information to practical clinical management

Frequency: One hour weekly

Format: Fellows or staff present clinical cases as unknowns and a faculty member is selected to discuss his/her diagnostic and management approach. Specific issues pertaining to the case are then discussed and relevant literature reviewed.

Supervision: All faculty attend the discussion.

Evaluation: A faculty member critiques the weekly presentations and sends to the fellow and fellowship director.

Case Discussion During Rounds

Goals and Objectives: To discuss cases seen by the residents and fellows that provide opportunity to discuss general principles and diagnosis and treatment of ID cases and to outline management issues on each of the cases and solicit approaches to the issues at hand from the attendees, residents, fellows and pharmacists. Attendings provide didactic instruction on topics. Consult team residents and students may be assigned pertinent topics by the staff for presentation as well.

Frequency: Daily

Format: Fellows and residents present cases from the inpatient setting. Specific questions on topics of interest raised by the cases will be addressed and the attendees will offer their approaches to the issues at hand.

Supervision: Attending supervises the discussion.

Evaluation: As part of their monthly written evaluation.

Research Conference

Goal and Objectives: Review of ID research projects, other ID related research in the College of Medicine and assess progress on fellow's research project. Outside speakers are brought in three to four times a year.

  • To review ongoing research activities of the ID division
  • Introduce the fellow to research hypothesis, design, data collection and analysis
  • Critique new projects
  • Prepare for national meeting presentations
  • Review ID related research from other units and departments
  • Provide format for fellows to present their research topic and data

Frequency: One hour weekly

Format: Each one hour conference will have a formal presentation of a research project of the fellow or other ID personnel including design, data collection and outcomes. Guest lectures will present current research topics or summary lectures concerning research techniques.

Supervision: Faculty, fellows and ID lab personnel attend.

Evaluation: For the fellow presenting his/her research, written evaluation is performed monthly by his/her research mentor. Fellows are given semi-annual evaluations of the entire program. These research conference is an item evaluated.

Journal Club

Goals and Objectives: To critically review current infectious diseases articles and to assess

  • Research design
  • Data analysis
  • Correlation with previous literature
  • Discussion and outcomes

Frequency: Once monthly

Format: Articles will be reviewed by the fellows and faculty

Supervision:All faculty are encouraged to attend the conference

Evaluation: For the fellow presenting, written evaluation is performed by all attending faculty

Resident Curriculum Case-Based Modules

Goals and Objectives: To teach various ID topics to rotating Internal Medicine residents (and M-4 and PA students) using a series of case-based modules while they are on the ID Team I rotation. Fellows should:

  • Become effective teachers of ID topics
  • Become proficient in the reading and assembly of clinical ID lecture material.
  • Correlate with literature
  • Discussion and outcomes

Frequency: One to two times a month when not on a consult service.

Format: Case based teaching modules via the web. These will be reviewed by the residents. Fellows will be expected to lead the discussion and teaching

Supervision: Faculty can attend the conference. Objectives for each module and case are provided to the fellows

Evaluation: Evaluation forms are completed by residents and students and sent on to the program and divisional directors at the end of their rotation

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