Medical Student Rounds and Elective
Teaching of medical students is an integral part of the function of the Section of Infectious Diseases. At any time there are two to four senior medical students making rounds with the Infectious Diseases team. Medical students are expected to evaluate new consultations, present the information to the team, be aware of diagnostic and therapeutic options, and return on a daily basis to assess changes in clinical status. We have a well-developed didactic program for students with lectures twice a week on important topics such as antibiotics. In addition, medical students are expected to attend and give conferences on relevant topics during their Infectious Diseases rotation as well as to present a critical assessment of one assigned paper per week in our management conference.
We offer a two-week elective course in Infectious Diseases to junior medical students. This curriculum includes didactic lectures and a variety of clinical experiences that span the range of inpatient to outpatient consults and follow-up visits. Students will also see infections in patients with cancer and with organ transplantation.
Residents at Temple spend one or more blocks on the Infectious Diseases (ID) elective. The goal is to become more adept at the diagnosis and management of infectious diseases. In particular, residents wish to acquire a greater familiarity with antimicrobial therapy. Our goal for the residents also includes an appreciation for the conceptual framework of infectious diseases and their interaction with other medical and psychosocial situations. We teach the principles regarding the natural history of diseases, their complications and epidemiology and new areas in the field of infectious diseases. In addition to these focused didactic goals, we envision that residents taking the elective will also learn at least a little bit about microbiology, infection control, medical history and medical economics. Finally, we want to provide numerous opportunities for residents to develop expertise in assessing the medical literature and being comfortable with understanding the basics of clinical research and how to interpret journal articles.
The workday starts at 8:30 a.m. in the ID conference room on the 5th floor of the Parkinson Building. There is a formal didactic session that lasts for 30-60 minutes. After that, we assign new patients and go over old patients. Attending rounds start at 2 p.m. and finish between 5 and 6 p.m. There is no expectation of night or weekend call. We can arrange for some transplant ID, oncology ID or outpatient experience on an ad hoc basis.
There are two sessions for which you will be asked to prepare in advance. Each Friday we have a case management conference where students and residents are assigned articles to report on. We also require a talk of about 25 to 35 minutes on a topic that is cleared with the attending of the month. There is generous time allotted for feedback during and at the end of the elective. We are flexible with time off as needed, for example for fellowship interviews.