Academics 

Each Thursday morning is dedicated to academics. All fellows and faculty attend and participate in presentations.

  • Journal club conference (monthly) - topics are assigned in advance and fellows will have a faculty mentor that will help to select and present the latest literature available.
  • Citywide conference schedule (weekly) - a joint conference between LSU, Tulane, Ochsner and Tulane Pediatric Infectious Diseases to present cases, didactics and the latest research and trends in infectious disease.
  • Research conference (monthly) - scientifc meeting to discuss the current projects among faculty and fellows. Also a platform to learn about other projects in our sister departments.
  • Board reivew (monthly) - an opportunity to gather high yield information on the most commonly missed board topics. Fellows and faculty create board style vignettes for presentation and discussion.
  • Didactics (monthly) - ID basics! core lectures given by faculty including transplant lecture series and HIV didactics.
    • In addition to formal didactics, we have mini-sessions prior to continuity clinic. These are geared towards mangement  of HIV pateints and trends in primary care.

 

Antimicrobial Stewardship

Fellows play a crucial role in antibiotic stewardship at all of our clinical training sites. Along with our Clinical ID Pharmacists, we provide antibiotic approval for restricted antibiotics and guide therapy courses to ensure proprer use. We participate in formation of ASP policy and guidelines, journal clubs, monthly meetings to review resistance trends and antibiotic usage as well as develop solutions to improve clinical practices.

  • Clinical sites
    • UMCNO
    • Touro
    • Ochsner - Main campus
    • Ochsner - Kenner

 

Infection control

Another aspect of training that is becoming more in demand is the role of infection control. Fellows dedicate one month of training to learning the role of an infection prevention specialist within the hospital.  This includes participation in multi-disciplinary meetings along with various clinicians, physicians, and administration to evaluate and improve current practices.

 

 

Microbiology

Fellows learn the fundamentals of microbiology with hands on, one-on-one teaching in the lab. One month of training within the first year is dedicated to this and a second month in the second year. Fellows will focus on bacteriology and have the opportunity for independant study of parasitology and mycology.