INFECTIOUS DISEASE FELLOWSHIP CURRICULUM
The Infectious Diseases fellowship at Howard University aims to train physicians with a range of attributes:
· a broad knowledge base
· the ability to generate a relevant differential diagnosis based on an accurate history and physical examination
· an understanding of the indications and contraindications for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures
· critical thinking, especially when reading and applying the literature
· an appreciation of the humanistic, ethical and economic aspects of medicine
· the ability to communicate clearly and quickly with referring physicians
These objectives are met by offering a variety of clinical and other experiences during their training, including but not limited to:
· Howard University General ID Inpatient Consult Service
o The training includes performing Infectious Diseases consultations on in-patients as well as participating in educational conferences.
· Outpatient Clinics
o Continuity clinic: 2 half-days per week at the Center for Infectious Diseases Management and Research (CIDMAR) clinic
o STD clinic at DC Department of Health
o Travel medicine
o Fellows are expected to complete a research project that leads to a publication or presentation at a national conference.
o Along with individual mentorship, research activities are discussed during bi-weekly conferences.
· Bone marrow and other transplant-related infectious diseases
o One month rotation at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle, WA.
o Room and board is provided during this rotation.
· Pediatric Infectious Diseases
o One month rotation at Children’s Hospital in Washington, DC.
· Educational Conferences – generally take place weekly or bi-weekly with ID faculty
o Core curriculum
o Basic sciences
o Case conference
o Journal club
o Research mentorship conference
· Hospital epidemiology
o Fellows attend infection control & antimicrobial stewardship committee meetings
· Board review course
o All fellows attend an Infectious Diseases board review course