Creating outstanding clinicians and investigators

One of the major goals of the Division of Infectious Diseases is to prepare medical students, residents and fellows to become outstanding clinicians and investigators. More specifically, to advance their clinical skills, scientific knowledge and patient caring attitudes. Our faculty's dedication is a key determinant in the success of our program. Post-doctoral trainees and clinicians pursue the division's fellowship program, an innovative two to three year program to prepare individuals as consultants in infectious diseases, with fundamental training for a career in academic infectious diseases.

Medical students learn through clinical rotations as part of their training in The Ohio State University College of Medicine and College of Public Health. Individuals train in The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's extensive primary and tertiary care facilities for a full range of patient care activities and the division's dedicated laboratories for research endeavors. This environment, together with a mix of inpatient rotations, consults, mentor relationships, outpatient opportunities and meetings and conferences, offers a truly dynamic, comprehensive and exciting learning environment.

Infectious Disease Fellowship

The Infectious Disease Fellowship at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is an innovative two-year program that prepares individuals to be effective consultants in infectious diseases, and provides them with the fundamental training for a career in academic infectious diseases.

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Division Conferences and Meetings

Division Conferences and Meetings

AIDS Clinical Trials Unit (ACTU)

Infectious disease faculty, fellows, research nurses, administrative staff, pharmacists, social workers and lab personnel meet monthly. Discussion covers all aspects of AIDS clinical research.

Occurs: Third Thursday of the month, 12:30 p.m.

Divisional Meetings

Divisional business meetings are attended by faculty.

Occurs: First and third Fridays of the month, 8 a.m. (attendings only)

Infection Control Committee

Fellows are encouraged to attend and observe the infection control committee meetings, which are held monthly. A wide range of issues are discussed and have included bioterrorism preparedness, prevention and control of infectious outbreaks and infection control education for hospital staff.

Infectious Disease Clinical Case Conference

Infectious disease fellows and faculty coordinate and facilitate an Infectious Disease Clinical Case Conference, topics of which typically focus on a recent challenging patient case. A review of the literature on some aspect of the case follows. Occasionally outside speakers are invited. Clinical microbiologists, pathologists and pharmacists also regularly participate in this conference. Once a month, Clinical Microbiology Laboratory faculty members, members of the Hospital Epidemiology Department or members of the Pharmacy Department present a didactic conference. Specific basic science and microbiology principles, particularly as related to laboratory procedures or clinical issues in hospital epidemiology, are presented.

Occurs: Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m.

Introductory Lecture Series

During August and September of the academic year, dedicated faculty will present a series of lectures desired to quickly familiarize fellows with the subspecialty of infectious diseases.

Occurs: Tuesday - Thursday at 12:15 p.m. 

Research Principles (Journal Club)

Research principles (journal club) focuses on recent literature, both to update medical knowledge and to promote critical reading skills. Twice a month, a fellow and a member of the faculty each present an article from the current literature. The article can involve any aspect of infectious diseases. The entire infectious disease faculty attends and a discussion of the article ensues after initial presentation.

Occurs: Second and fourth Fridays of the month, 8 a.m.

Tuesday Conference

This conference consists of infectious disease board readiness, hepatitis C, HIV and research. Fellows lead a faculty-attended informal conference.

Occurs: 12:15 p.m.

Divisional Lectures

Divisional Lectures

One of the major goals of the Division of Infectious Diseases is the education of medical students, residents and fellows. To carry this out, the entire infectious disease faculty participates in a series of lectures.

Medical Student Lectures

Faculty present lectures to the pre-clinical med I and med II students. These lectures are scheduled as they fit into organ-specific or pathogenesis driven curriculum modules in the pre-clinical program. Because the faculty attends on the inpatient service and the infectious diseases consult service, they conduct many clinical teaching sessions for med III and med IV students.

Resident and Fellows Lectures

The faculty also conducts clinical teaching sessions for the internal medicine residents and the infectious disease fellows. Infectious disease faculty members are a regular part of the Internal Medicine Intern and Resident Morning Report Program. A separate series of lectures on important infectious disease issues is integrated into the internal medicine residents’ noon conference program. There, the division faculty address more cutting-edge infectious disease issues by providing internal experts and recruiting national experts for the Department of Internal Medicine’s Grand Rounds.

Infectious disease faculty members augment their clinical teaching of fellows with a weekly Principles of Infectious Diseases book club, a directed and annotated reading of a standard infectious diseases textbook, as well as a weekly journal club, called Research Principles. The division’s weekly Clinical Case Conference serves both as a venue for demonstrating what is state-of-the-art in diagnosis and management of infectious diseases, and as a forum for the infectious disease fellows to develop and display their skills in critical analysis of the medical literature in the solution of subspecialty level clinical problems.

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