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Fellowship Program


Program Goals and Curriculum

The primary goal of the Division of Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program is to prepare the trainee as a consultant in clinical infectious diseases, and for a career in academic medicine by providing an environment for critical thinking with a broad range of opportunities in clinical, translational and basic research. The program duration is a minimum of two years, however, three or more years are encouraged to optimize the training period.

 Fellows have a wide variety of clinical and laboratory research opportunities, all under the direction of faculty and an advisory committee. They also use the comprehensive range of clinical and research facilities throughout the course of the program, and attend clinical and research conferences. 
 

Curriculum Summary

The curriculum provides excellent clinical experiences involving a broad range of infectious diseases with a good balance between common and complicated problems in immunocompetent and immunocompromised hosts. The faculty, with their diverse interests and experiences, augment the broad educational experience available at a single site.

Research Activity

Approximately half of the fellowship experience involves defined research activity that includes the planning and execution of either laboratory-based or clinically-oriented projects. In the middle of the first year of training, fellows meet with individual faculty members to decide on a specific research project, and to ensure that the projects are flexible enough to meet each individual fellow's needs. An advisory committee is then formed to provide guidance/mentorship on the project's design and progress; the expected culmination is the presentation and publication of results. A third year of fellowship is encouraged for fellows involved in a major research project.

Fellows have the opportunity to attend one conference and prepare research for the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA), The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology in America (SHEA) and Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) international meetings and a variety of other basic science or clinical science meetings during their training.

Clinical Experience

Clinical training occurs primarily on The Ohio State University Medical Center campus. Both inpatient and outpatient experience with immunocompetent hosts with a wide variety of organ system infections as well as immunocompromised hosts such as HIV-infected, hematology/oncology and solid-organ and bone marrow transplant patients provide the basis for comprehensive clinical training. In addition, all fellows have 1/2 day per week of continuity clinic and spend one month at Columbus Public Health. Practical and didactic training in clinical microbiology and hospital epidemiology/infection control complement the clinical training.

The following are elements of the Fellowship program:

  • Columbus Public Health (Sexual Health Clinic, Tuberculosis Clinic)
  • Consult Service
  • Clinical Microbiology mini-course
  • Basic Microbiology
  • Infection Control Committee
  • AIDS Clinical Trials Unit (ACTU) Meeting
  • Medical Student Education
  • Infectious Diseases Clinical Case Conference
  • Principles of Infectious Diseases (Book Club)
  • Research Conference
  • Research Principles (Journal Club)
  • HIV Conference
  • Introductory Lecture Series
  • ASP Rotation (Antimicrobial Stewardship Program)
  • Outpatient Clinic
  • National Meetings
  • Required Conferences & Meetings  

Contact:
Tina Olsson - Program Coordinator
N1137 Doan Hall
410 W. 10th Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210
Phone: (614) 366-5405
Fax: (614) 293-4556
E-mail: olsson.4@osu.edu