The 12-month infectious diseases clinical fellowship follows the successful completion of the infectious diseases residency (PGY-2). The program, which offers training in clinical infectious diseases, clinical and translational research and academia, prepares you for many career opportunities, including a non-tenure or tenure-track faculty position, clinical specialist position or medical science liaison.
The fellowship mixes academia and research with direct patient care activities. Program faculty who are noted regional and national experts in clinical infectious diseases share their research and academic expertise with you. You work with other pharmacy and medical trainees, including residents and pharmacy students; what’s unique is the blend of patient care activities, clinical and translational research and didactic and experiential student instruction.
The majority of patient care activities occur at Palmetto Health Richland, the university-affiliated tertiary care, academic medical center for the Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group. Primary and elective rotations will include key areas of inpatient and outpatient infectious diseases including microbiology, HIV clinic, ID consults and antimicrobial stewardship.
You will be designated as a clinical instructor at the University of South Carolina and work closely with the Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program of Palmetto Health/University of South Carolina School of Medicine. You will be eligible to enroll in a dual-degree program through the Arnold School of Public Health. The School of Public Health offers masters programs in public health with emphasis on epidemiology and biostatistics. You will be awarded a certificate of completion after finishing the infectious diseases clinical fellowship requirements and objectives.
Academic and Enrichment Opportunities
Residents and fellows will receive an academic appointment of Clinical Instructor in the Clinical Pharmacy and Outcomes Sciences Department at the College of Pharmacy. This appointment will entitle them to university faculty tuition assistance. Details of this program are available at http://hr.sc.edu/salaryadmn/tuition.html. The resident will also have full access to faculty development opportunities through Human Resources at http://sc.edu/about/offices_and_divisions/human_resources/professional_development/index.php the Center for Teaching Excellence at http://www.sc.edu/about/offices_and_divisions/cte/index.php.
This weekly case conference provides an in-depth discussion of pathogenic mechanisms, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases. One or two specially selected cases seen by faculty or fellows/residents are presented followed by a review of the relevant literature and an extended case discussion. The ID PGY-2 resident is responsible for leading three to four cases per year.
City Wide ID Conference
This monthly case conference includes regional infectious disease clinicians, pediatric infectious disease specialists, microbiology staff and public health officers. The conference often involves extended academic discussions and a review of the relevant literature related to a specific infectious disease case. In addition, the Public Health Department presents any current outbreaks or state epidemiology. This is an opportunity to network with the regional infectious disease community.
This monthly multi-disciplinary meeting discusses challenging HIV and antiretroviral therapy cases or discusses up-to-date literature pertaining to HIV. A fellow typically opens the meeting by discussing an aspect of HIV drug resistance. ID PGY-2 residents may attend sessions as learning opportunities.
This monthly meeting is jointly run by faculty and fellows/residents, to review pertinent current literature in infectious diseases. The ID PGY-2 resident is responsible for leading two journal clubs per year.
Mandell Review and Research Conference
This weekly didactic series covers the breadth of ID topics expected to be seen on the inpatient consult service, or in ambulatory infectious disease/HIV clinic as well as teaching basic principles of research methods. In addition, the series provides an opportunity to discuss ongoing research projects and review relevant new research as it pertains to infectious disease. The ID PGY-2 resident is required to attend these sessions as a learning opportunity.
Palmetto Health Pharmacy Grand Rounds
This monthly continuing education presentation is delivered by pharmacy faculty/preceptors and residents. Each ID PGY-2 resident is required to present an ACPE-accredited, one-hour program as part of the series.
As an ID PGY2 resident, you will have a full-time appointment as a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy & Outcomes Sciences at the USC College of Pharmacy. The COP is located 2 miles from the hospital, so when necessary, travel is easy. Your primary office will be at the hospital. Residents are often involved in several key courses including Clinical Applications for P1s, Pharmacotherapy for P2 and P3s and of course the Infectious Diseases Elective. The majority of your contact hours will be in the Spring semester. Interprofessional education is also a highlight for the University. You will have the opportunity to participate in instruction at the School of Medicine and the Physician Assistants program, primarily on antimicrobial pharmacology and clinical application to patients. These opportunities are available regardless of your formal involvement in the Academic Preparation Program described elsewhere.
There are a wide variety of clinical and research conferences offered through the School of Medicine, College of Pharmacy, and Palmetto Health Richland. Residents are encouraged to attend Internal Medicine Noon Conferences and Medical Grand Rounds for appropriate topics.