Fellowship Program Structure: Division of Infectious Diseases

Curriculum

Inpatient Consult Service

The Inpatient Consult Service is a thriving service, split into three separate teams:

  1. Transplant/immunocompromised ICU Service
  2. The General Infectious Diseases Service 
  3. Musculoskeletal 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)
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • HIV
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Employee Health/Occupational Exposures

Outpatient Clinic

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 clinic
  • Tropical medicine clinic
  • 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 nursing staff, case management team, 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.  For a comprehensive overview of our research opportunities click here.

Fellows will have research blocks to dedicate time to research projects and quality improvement projects.  They are fully funded to attend the following conferences:  IDweek, the GW Infectious Diseases board review course, IDSA fellow retreats, the Remington Winter Course in ID, 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.

Didactic Schedule

Journal Club meets twice a month; Pulmonary ID meets once a month, State of the Art meets once a month, GWIDS meets once a month
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
8:30amMorning ReportJournal Club or Research MeetingResident Teaching
12:00pmResident Teaching ConferenceCore Curriculum/State of the ArtDept of Medicine Grand Rounds/
Pulmonary ID
Inter-city ID conference
7:00pmGreater Washington ID Society (GWIDS)

The didactics are complemented by:

  • Dahlgren Library Access (can be accessed from home)
    • Dahlgren Memorial Library is committed to providing a comprehensive online health sciences collection for the Georgetown University Medical Center community. Electronic resources consist of over: 6302 journals, 142 databases, 18 point of care tools, 20 Medical Apps, 4,806 online books
  • Access to PubMed
  • Access to UpToDate
  • IDSA membership which includes access to the Journal of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Infectious Diseases