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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 Health Care System, which is located across the street from UI Hospitals & Clinics.  During this year each fellow selects a faculty mentor and scholarly project.   The mention will guide his/her research activity and development during the second and possible third year.

Core Curriculum Topics

Clinical topics

  1. HIV
  2. Travel & Tropical Medicine (Parasitology)
  3. Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Prevention
  4. Principles of prophylaxis: vaccination
  5. Common community-acquired infections
  6. Infections in immunocompromised hosts, including solid organ transplant and Hematopoietic Transplant
  7. Tuberculosis and atypical mycobacterial infections
  8. Organ System Infections of CNS, head & neck, respiratory, urogenital tract, etc.
  9. Sexually transmitted infections/Reproductive tract infections
  10. Vector-borne illness
  11. Viral, fungal, mycobacterial, and bacterial infections
  12. Fever of unknown origin
  13. Pharmacy topics: including pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic principles of antimicrobial prescribing, outpatient antimicrobial therapy, antimicrobial resistance, etc.
  14. Primary immunodeficiency syndromes
  15. Zoonoses
  16. Health-care associated syndromes
  17. Immunodeficiency syndromes
  18. Toxin-mediated syndromes
  19. Antimicrobial stewardship
  20. Microbiology and lab diagnostics
  21. Dermatologic manifestations of infections
  22. Quality improvement

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 (eg, cardiovascular, CNS, bone and joints, etc)
  2. Infections of devices or hardware
  3. Sepsis or trauma requiring Intensive Care (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. Optimal use of antibiotics (efficacy, safety, resources, utilization)
  9. Outpatient antibiotics
  10. Infection Prevention