Fellows in the Infectious Diseases Program are strongly encouraged to participate in the many courses and seminar series which are offered both as a part of the program and by the University of Washington.
Upon arrival in July, all incoming first year fellows participate in a Core Curriculum consisting of formal courses, didactic exercises, and conferences. These are important for all fellows regardless of their specific research interest. The elements of the Core Curriculum include the following:
In July of their incoming year, all first year fellows attend a one-week orientation course in which Division faculty address the pathogenesis, diagnosis, and management of common infectious diseases. The course also introduces the fellows to the faculty and to one another.
This course is also given each July by members of the Infectious Diseases Division and by faculty in other departments and from other institutions. All second year fellows attend, regardless of their eventual research activities, because the lectures provide basic information relevant to multiple research disciplines. The two-week course provides detailed information on a wide variety of molecular, immunological, epidemiological, and biostatistical aspects of research.
Each July, in conjunction with the Department of Laboratory Medicine, a one-week course is provided for each of our first year fellows on key elements of clinical microbiology, including practical experience in performing commonly utilized tests and evaluating microscopic specimens, including PCR and other methods utilized in molecular epidemiological investigations. In addition to this required course, a two to four-week intensive course is offered to interested fellows who wish to gain more experience in the Clinical Microbiology laboratory.
The Department of Medicine provides a one-week course focusing on issues of importance to physicians entering academic research careers. The agenda includes topics such as selecting a research problem, interaction with your mentor, ethics in biomedical research, grant writing, presentation at scientific meetings, and seeking an academic position.
Offered by the School of Medicine throughout each summer, this series consists of formal presentations and small discussion groups in Biomedical Ethics. It is required for all fellows in the program.
Three courses (Parasitology, Virology, and Mycology) are available each summer for interested fellows. The nine-day Parasitology course consists of morning lectures and afternoon laboratory sessions. The Virology and Mycology courses are five days each, with a format similar to that described for the Parasitology course. These courses are offered by the Department of Laboratory Medicine, with teaching contributions by members of our Division.
This course is provided four times a year consisting of an intensive weeklong exposure to clinical, diagnostic, laboratory, and therapeutic aspects of STDs.
The faculty and fellows of the Infectious Disease Division, as well as frequent attendees from Laboratory Medicine, Microbiology, and other departments, participate in a weekly conference centering around recent clinical cases of particular interest. Responsibility for the conference rotates between each of the hospitals within the system (including Children's Hospital Medical Center), and the fellow and faculty member on service that month share responsibility for presenting the conference. The presenting fellow and faculty review relevant microbiological and clinical aspects of the case, discuss pathogenesis and epidemiology, and provide a summary of the presentation and appropriate references in a handout posted on our internet site. Hospital epidemiology, including infection control is covered in this series. The inclusion of the pediatric faculty in the conference rotation assures the exposure to pediatric infectious disease problems every 4-5 weeks.
Every other week a general topic of interest for Infectious Diseasese specialists is presented by a University of Washington Infectous Diseases faculty member.
Held every other week, reviewing recent literature on all aspects of HIV, from pathogenesis to management.
Held monthly, covering research and clinical topics in sexually transmitted diseases.
Held monthly, in which seminars on clinical, epidemiological, psychosocial, and research aspects of HIV infection are presented.
Held monthly, presenting new research findings on HIV/AIDS by faculty, fellows, or visiting scientists.
Held monthly, this conference reviews journal articles dealing with virology, viral pathogensis, immunology, and infections in the immunocompromised host.
The Division holds a yearly research retreat at the University of Washington. All of the faculty and fellows attend, and fellows are expected to present their ongoing research for discussion. The program allows for numerous presentations of ongoing research, with the opportunity for feedback in a relaxed atmosphere. This forum provides trainees the opportunity to develop skills in data analysis and presentation, and facilitates interaction and feedback from senior faculty concerning the research itself.
Annuallly, the Division invites a speaker from another medical center to speak on his or her ongoing research in infectious diseases at a dinner meeting. All faculty and fellows within the Division attend, as do faculty from related disciplines. The meetings address topics of current national interest in infectious diseases and provide fellows with exposure to top-flight investigators from other institutions.
In addition to these offerings provided specifically for fellows, many related opportunities are available at the University. Of special note are courses in immunology, molecular biology, a student elective in clinical infectious diseases, and weekly seminars in the Departments of Epidemiology, Microbiology, Immunology, Pathology, and Global Health. A weekly journal club on microbial pathogenesis is held in the Department of Microbiology.