The Infectious Diseases Section offers a two year program of postgraduate training to provide trainees with a solid foundation leading to a career in clinical or academic medicine. The successful trainee will be prepared to pass the ABIM test to become a Board-certified ID physician. The program is designed to give the candidate a wide exposure to the principles and practice of both clinical ID and research techniques in ID.
The program consists of 2 integrated years in which the candidate is exposed to clinical material, didactic teaching, reading material and research experiences necessary to pursue a career either as a clinician or academician. A third research year is offered for those who desire more intensive research training.
The fellowship includes both clinical, research, and quality improvement/patient safety responsibilities. It will be the duty of the fellow to carry out the clinical responsibilities of the services to which the fellow has been assigned. This includes not only clinically evaluating patients, following their progress and implementing therapy but also teaching of medical students and residents. Specific duties for each rotation are outlined in separate guidelines that are distributed to the fellows, other trainees, and attending staff prior to the beginning of the rotation.
In the area of research, the fellow must carry out a project under the guidance of a faculty mentor. This project should culminate in both publications and scientific presentations accomplished by the fellow. It is recognized that in all of these duties the fellow is a trainee and thus must discuss all plans and actions with the appropriate faculty member.
In the area of quality improvement/patient safety, the fellow will be assigned to an ongoing hospital or clinic QI committee at the beginning of the fellowship. The fellow will attend committee meetings, develop a QI project in conjunction with the faculty mentor and the committee leadership, and present the results of that project by the end of fellowship.
Each fellow has approximately 12 months of clinical service and 12-24 months of research/elective time during the two year program and consists of:
- ID consultation service at the University Medical Center
- ID consultation service at Touro Infirmary
- ID consultation service at Ochsner-Main Campus
- ID consultation service at Ochsner-Kenner
- ID outpatient clinic
- Office of Public Health Sexually Transmitted Disease clinic
- Clinical microbiology laboratory at University Medical Center
- ID conferences
- Clinical electives
- Research opportunities