Logo for University of Iowa Health Care This logo represents the University of Iowa Health Care

Curriculum

The Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program at the University of Iowa is ACGME accredited for two years, at the end of which the fellow will meet ABIM eligibility requirements.  

Clinical training is concentrated in the first year of the program.  Clinical rotations occur primarily at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics and with lesser activity at the Iowa City VA Medical Center, which is located across the street from UI Hospitals & Clinics.  During this first year, each fellow selects a faculty mentor and scholarly project.   The mentor will guide the fellows’ scholarly work and development during the second and possible third year.

Core Curriculum Topics

Clinical topics

  1. HIV
  2. Travel & Tropical Medicine (Parasitology)
  3. Hospital Epidemiology, healthcare-associated infections and Infection Prevention
  4. Principles of prophylaxis: vaccination or other immunotherapeutics
  5. Infections in immunocompromised hosts, including solid organ transplant and hematopoietic transplant patients
  6. Tuberculosis and nontuberculous mycobacterial infections
  7. Organ System Infections of CNS, head & neck, respiratory, urogenital tract, etc.
  8. Sexually transmitted infections/Reproductive tract infections
  9. Vector-borne illness
  10. Viral, fungal, mycobacterial, and select bacterial infections
  11. Fever of unknown origin
  12. Pharmacy and antimicrobial stewardship topics: including pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic principles of prescribing, outpatient antimicrobial therapy, antimicrobial resistance, etc.
  13. Primary immunodeficiency syndromes
  14. Zoonoses
  15. Toxin-mediated syndromes
  16. Clinical Microbiology and lab diagnostics
  17. Dermatologic manifestations of infections
  18. Infections related to intravenous drug use; Addiction Medicine

Clinical Experience

Fellows will have clinical experience and demonstrate competence in the evaluation and management of infections in patients with major impairments of host defense:

  1. Patients who are neutropenic due to malignancies and their treatments
  2. Patients with solid organ or hematopoietic cell transplantation
  3. Patients with HIV/AIDS or immunocompromised by other diseases or their treatments

Fellows will have clinical experience and demonstrate competence in the evaluation and management of patients with the following disorders and clinical situations involving:

  1. Breadth of organ system infections (e.g., cardiovascular, CNS, bone and joints, etc.)
  2. Infections of devices or hardware
  3. Sepsis or trauma or other critical illness (Medical, Surgical, Neurosurgical, Cardiovascular ICUs)
  4. Healthcare-associated infections
  5. Array of pathogens (Viral, Fungal, Mycobacterial, Parasitic, Bacterial)
  6. Infections in pregnancy
  7. Fever of unknown origin
  8. Antibiotic optimization (efficacy, safety, dosing, monitoring), including both inpatient and outpatient settings
  9. Infection Prevention