Infectious Diseases Fellowship -
Clinical Training & Education
To develop a high level of clinical expertise, fellows spend at least 12 months of the first two years on an intensive infectious diseases consultation service.
Under the supervision of faculty members, fellows serve as consultants within the College of Medicine. They supervise and teach medical residents and fourth-year medical students who are assigned to the infectious diseases elective.
Outpatient experience is obtained in the Infectious Diseases Center at University Hospital and in the Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center Infectious Diseases Clinic.
Infectious diseases faculty provide consultation to University Hospital and Cincinnati VA. Fellows participate in this consultation activity to experience the clinical spectrum of infectious diseases. Furthermore, fellows rotate through the STD Clinic of the City of Cincinnati and the TB Control Clinic of Hamilton County Public Health. These rotations will provide experience in a broad range of infectious diseases.
A critical area of any infectious diseases program is infection control. Infectious diseases fellows spend at least one month in the infection control programs at both University Hospital and the Cincinnati VA. Under the direction of the infection control staff, fellows are assigned a problem and learn how to gather necessary information and resolve specific issues.
Infectious Diseases Consultation Services
Three months during each of the first two fellowship years will be spent on an intensive Infectious Diseases Consultation Service at University Hospital. With 100 adult ICU beds, it is a regional referral center with a Level-1 Trauma Center and active solid organ transplantation programs. It is the principal teaching hospital for the University of Cincinnati.
All patients seen by the Infectious Diseases Inpatient consultation service are included in the training program and the infectious diseases fellows are responsible for assigning patients to residents and medical students.
Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center:
Three months during each of the first two fellowship years will be spent on the Infectious Diseases Consultation Service at VA Medical Center, which is a full-service hospital directly adjacent to the University of Cincinnati medical campus. All UC infectious diseases clinical faculty are part of the VA medical staff.
Seeing infectious diseases consult patients is an essential part of the fellow’s learning experience. In addition, fellows participate in seeing infectious diseases outpatients for one-half day every other week during the two-year fellowship period. This includes seeing primary care HIV-infected patients, follow-ups with patients on the infectious diseases consultation service and outpatient infectious diseases consults.
On this service, each fellow will work with a pharmacist on the Antibiotic Stewardship Program, which covers all patients at Cincinnati VA who are receiving parenteral antibiotics.
The Infectious Diseases Center at University Hospital and Cincinnati VA Infectious Diseases Clinic are operated by the UC Division of Infectious Diseases. Clinic time averages one half-day per week during first two years of fellowship, alternating at the two outpatient practice sites.
Fellows rotate through and receive training at the following sites:
- Microbiology Orientations at University Hospital
Fellows receive practical training in the diagnostic laboratories including bacteriology, antimicrobial susceptibility testing, determination of serum antibiotic concentrations, mycology, virology, immunology, serology and parasitology.
Infection Control Programs at University Hospital and Cincinnati VA .
Under the direction of the Infection Control staff, fellows are assigned a problem and learn how to gather necessary information and resolve specific issues.
- Cincinnati STD Clinic
The Cincinnati STD Clinic is located at the Ambrose Clement Building (Cincinnati Health Department, 3101 Burnet Avenue). Sudha Mehta, MD, supervises infectious diseases fellows seeing patients there, typically six to eight half-day sessions during the second year of the fellowship. Fellows will learn the clinical care of patients with sexually transmitted infections. Fellows also will learn the clinical care of patients with sexually transmitted infections.
- Hamilton County TB Control Clinic
The Hamilton County TB Control Clinic is a full service TB clinic, located at located at 184 E. McMillan Street in Corryville, serving Hamilton County residents with skin tests, x-rays, prescriptions and directly observed therapy. Lisa Haglund, MD, supervises infectious diseases fellows seeing patients there during three to four half day sessions, typically during their second year of fellowship.
Conferences and Educational Opportunities
- An infectious diseases clinical conference and a journal club are held weekly.
- A weekly “Core” Course pairs didactic sessions with followup infectious diseases board review Q &A sessions.
- A formal research conference is held monthly.
- Combined Infectious Diseases Rounds is a monthly clinical conference attended by University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center health professionals.
- The UC Division of Infectious Diseases presents medical grand rounds at University Hospital five times a year.
- Throughout the fellowship, fellows have the opportunity to take tuition-free graduate courses given by the UC Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology (e.g. microbial physiology, medical microbiology, virology, molecular genetics, immunology and cell biology).
- Infectious diseases fellows have the opportunity to pursue a degree in clinical and translational research during their fellowship. Erin Haynes, PhD, directs the master of science in clinical and translational research training and certificate programs. The master of science degree program in Clinical and Translational Research is designed to provide clinical professionals (physicians, nurses and other terminal degree clinical professionals) with the necessary preparation for successful career developmental and independent investigator awards.
- Fellows are given a travel allowance to attend one meeting per year after discussion with the director of the program.