Curriculum for Infectious Disease Fellowship - Greenville

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  • HIV Continuity Clinic
    • HIV care is provided at New Horizon Family Health Services. Each fellow will provide longitudinal care for HIV infected patients.  This will include the assessment of newly diagnosed patients, selection and initiation of antiretroviral therapy, treatment and prevention of opportunistic infections and periodic monitoring of HIV treatment response. Each fellow will see patients in this clinic ½-day per week throughout the fellowship.
  • General Outpatient Infectious Disease
    • The busy outpatient ID office experience covers the breadth of infectious disease practice with a mix of hospital follow-up and community referrals. Fellows will develop first-hand experience in the natural history of treated and untreated infections.  the expertise necessary to assess and respond to treatment complications, treatment failures, long term monitoring of patients receiving antibiotics, and infection resolution and risk of recurrence.  
  • Subspecialty Infectious Disease Clinics
    • During outpatient and elective blocks, fellows will also gain experience with the goal of proficiency in subspecialty clinic environments dedicated to wound care, hepatitis C treatment, travel medicine, and addiction medicine.
  • Infection Control Committee
    • Fellows will take an active and depended-upon role in the infection control committee and become knowledgeable in the principles of hospital epidemiology. This includes attending local meetings every other week, and C. diff control meetings quarterly.  But, further, fellows will be given responsibility in infection control data assessment and interpretation and outbreak response.  Upon completion of the program, fellows are equipped with the skills needed to take a leadership role in a hospital epidemiology and infection control program.
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee
    • Antimicrobial stewardship continues to grow as a recognized and required need of hospitals and health systems. Fellows will be active members of the antimicrobial stewardship committee.  In addition to attending monthly meetings, they will also have a role in crafting and presenting antimicrobial stewardship initiatives.  By the completion of the program, each fellow will be knowledgeable of the principles and strategies of antimicrobial stewardship programs and be prepared to lead a successful hospital antimicrobial stewardship committee.
  • ID Telehealth
    • To meet the growing demand for infectious disease physicians in rural settings, we offer telehealth services in 3 rural hospitals within the upstate of South Carolina. Fellows will participate in telehealth consultation and gain experience in how this burgeoning technology can be incorporated to expand expert patient care delivery within their careers.
  • Microbiology
    • Fellows will complete a 4-week microbiology laboratory curriculum during their first year while working alongside a PhD microbiologist and professional microbiology lab technicians. The purpose is to develop technical expertise in the use of laboratory resources, processes, and workflow, diagnostic interpretation and limitations, and the efficient reporting of results.  The curriculum will cover in detail clinical bacteriology including higher order and mycobacteria, mycology, parasitology and virology.
  • Research
    • Fellows will have mentorship and protected time to design and complete either clinical or laboratory research that is relevant to infectious diseases. Within 3 months of the start of fellowship each fellow will formulate a research proposal and will have 4 months during the first year and up to 4 months during the second year to complete the project with the goal of presentation at a research conference or publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Each fellow will also identify and complete a quality improvement project within the context of infectious disease clinical practice or hospital infection control.

First year fellows will be given an “Intro to Research” lecture series which will teach experimental design, record keeping, biostatistics, and grant and manuscript writing.  Furthermore, fellows will also have the option and opportunity to pursue a Clinical and Transitional Research Certificate.