Fellowship Program Structure: Division of Infectious Diseases
Inpatient Consult Service
The Inpatient Consult Service is a thriving service, split into two separate teams:
- The Immunocompromised/Critical Care Service
- The General Infectious Diseases Service
There is one attending with 1-2 fellows on each service and visiting medical residents and students. Each inpatient service census typically averages 10-20 patients. All patients followed in the Infectious Diseases clinic that require inpatient care are admitted and covered through the hospital medicine service. Fellows also have the opportunity to rotate through the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases inpatient consult service and gain valuable experience with infectious complications in bone marrow transplant recipients. Fellows will gain competence in diagnosing and treating infections in the following areas:
- Critical Care
- General Medicine
- Surgery (Transplant, Neurosurgery, General, Otolaryngology, Orthopedics, Plastics, Urology)
- Obstetrics & Gynecology
- Employee Health/Occupational Exposures
Fellows will have several months each year dedicated solely to outpatient care with an emphasis on HIV management. In addition, fellows become expert in the treatment of patients with a wide range of infectious diseases through work in the following areas:
- General infectious diseases clinic
- Travel (pre travel evaluation and post travel infections)
- HIV/STD clinic
- Hepatitis treatment clinic
- Solid organ transplant clinic (pre transplant evaluation, post transplant infections)
Fellows participate in a weekly half-day continuity clinic through all 24 months of fellowship training unless away on an international rotation. The outpatient experience is supported by a comprehensive support staff that includes a dedicated outpatient nurse, social worker & case manager, and treatment adherence specialist. During the outpatient rotation, fellows will volunteer at the Gift of Peace Hospice.
Research & Scholarly Projects
Our fellowship is committed to providing our fellows with experience in state of the art research and medical education. Fellows will have research blocks to dedicate time to research projects and quality improvement projects. They also attend the following conferences: IDweek, the GW Infectious Diseases board review course, IDSA fellow retreats, and the annual fellows’ course in healthcare epidemiology, infection prevention & antimicrobial stewardship. The last course is a 3 day training course with interactive sessions on basic healthcare epidemiology, infection prevention strategies, healthcare-associated infections and problem pathogens.
Our fellows have won numerous department of medicine teaching awards for the lectures and teaching that they provide to medical students and residents. The fellows present monthly at inter-city conferences, resident noon conference, pulmonary-ID conference or dedicated ID conferences. By graduation, our fellows have polished teaching portfolios and are experienced educators.