Inpatient Consultation Service
Fellows will have 12 months of Adult Infectious Diseases consultation experience on the inpatient General Infectious Diseases Consultation Service and at least 3 months on the inpatient Immunocompromised Host Infectious Diseases Consultation Service. Fellows will have exposure to recipients of bone marrow, heart, kidney, liver, pancreas, and small bowel transplants for at least 5 months during the two-year fellowship and will attend continuity clinic at least one-half day per week. Therefore, fellows will have extensive exposure to the above conditions in both the inpatient and the outpatient settings.
In the continuity clinic, each fellow will be assigned to a single supervising attending. The majority of patients seen in the clinic will have HIV infection, and the fellow will have the opportunity to follow these patients on a longitudinal basis. In addition, fellows will see other ambulatory patients with a wide variety of infections or patients referred for prevention of infectious diseases, such as traveler’s prophylaxis. There is also experience with home IV therapy and other home-based care for patients with infectious diseases.
Pediatric Infectious Diseases Rotation
Although the training for infectious diseases prepares specialists primarily for care of adult infectious diseases, there will also be training in pediatric infectious diseases. Each fellow will rotate for one month on the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Consultation service. Fellows will get further instruction in pediatric infectious diseases at the case conferences.
Every fellow will rotate in the Clinical Microbiology Lab at The University of Chicago. The facilities include aerobic and anaerobic bacteriology, mycology, mycobacteriology, virology, and parasitology. The clinical microbiology laboratories have experience in training both pathology and infectious diseases residents. There will be specific objectives for each unit. In addition to hands on lab work, there will be formal instruction from the lab supervisors and lab directors in each of these areas.
Infection Control Committee
Fellows are expected to attend Infection Control Committee meetings at The University of Chicago, at the minimum during their second year of fellowship. In addition to didactic teaching in hospital epidemiology and infection control, fellows will interact with infection control practitioners as part of their patient care responsibilities. Fellows are given information on post blood exposure prophylaxis and isolation guidelines, and have access on-line to the infection control manual. Fellows will contact the infection control nurses of director if they need assistance in making clinical decisions or to notify the infection control staff of any significant occurrences.
Global Health Programs
Faculty members of the Section of Infectious Diseases have participated in global infectious disease programs in Africa, Asia, and Central and South America since 2002. Current projects include training and technical assistance for HIV prevention and treatment and tropical medicine in Andhra Pradesh, India via the Geographical Medicine Scholars Program and in Hubei Province, China via the Wuhan University Medical Education Reform and the HIV Health Worker Training Projects. ID fellows have the opportunity to travel with faculty to international sites to enrich their clinical and training experience, and to participate in global health research and program operational research.