The ABIM subspecialty board certification in Infectious Diseases requires one-year devoted to inpatient clinical care and two-years of outpatient clinical continuity care. All clinical training takes place at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH), the primary teaching hospital of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. NMH is a 900-bed hospital located in the Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago. It is ranked among the best hospitals in the nation by US News & World Report and as the best hospital in the Chicago metropolitan area.
Clinical Fellowship training is structured as follows:
Didactic / Practical:
- Microbiology Course: The first 4 weeks of the first year of clinical fellowship training are divided between courses in clinical microbiology and hands-on experience in the Northwestern Memorial Hospital clinical microbiology lab. The didactic portion serves as an introduction to practical bacteriology, virology, mycology, and parasitology, as well as principles of antimicrobial function and therapy. Over the course of 4 weeks in the Clinical Microbiology lab, fellows will rotate between diagnostic benches, learning the techniques used to diagnose infectious diseases in a practical and hands-on fashion.
- Seminars and Conferences: Weekly lectures on core topics in Infectious Disease will be presented to the faculty, fellows, residents, and students by the Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, and other faculty. Faculty and fellows also present at twice monthly ID journal clubs. An informal case conference is held twice monthly to discuss unusual or challenging cases seen on the inpatient services or in outpatient clinics, and are also attended by and conducted by ID faculty and fellows. Twice per month the faculty and fellows of the Northwestern ID division and the Lurie Children’s Hospital pediatric ID division meet to present at joint ID case conferences with a formal case presentation given by one member of each division. A once monthly research forum is presented by faculty or fellows in the Division or by visiting professors to showcase cutting-edge research being performed in the field of Infectious Diseases.
Inpatient Consult Service:
Fellows divide their time on inpatient service between three consult services:
- The Medical Infectious Diseases Consult Service. This service provides infectious diseases consultation for patients on the general medicine, medicine subspecialty, neurology, dermatology, and psychiatry services and for those patients in the medical intensive care units with infectious disease complications. The consult team consists of an attending physician, Infectious Diseases Fellow, 0-2 Medical Residents, and 0-2 Medical Students. The service provides ~120 inpatient consults/month.
- The Surgical Infectious Diseases Consult Service. This service oversees the care of patients on the general surgery and surgical subspecialty services, surgical intensive care units, hematology/oncology, obstetrics/gynecology, and rehabilitation medicine with infectious disease complications. The service provides care for patients with pre- and post-operative complications caused by infection. The consult team consists of an attending physician, Infectious Diseases Fellow, 0-2 Medical Residents, and 0-2 Medical Students. The service provides ~90 inpatient consults/month.
- The Transplant Infectious Diseases Consult Service. This multidisciplinary service oversees the care of solid organ, bone marrow and stem cell transplant recipients with infectious disease complications. The consult team consists of an attending physician, Infectious Diseases Fellow, 0-2 Medical Residents, and 0-1 Medical Students. The service provides ~120 inpatient consults/month.
- The Infectious Diseases Outpatient Clinic. This outpatient clinic provides clinical continuity care for patients seen on the Medical, Surgical, and Transplant Infectious Diseases Consult Services during their hospitalization and for patients referred by their primary physician for questions about the management of infectious diseases. Consultations are provided for patients with general infectious disease problems, primary care and consultations for patients infected with HIV, and the care of patients with illnesses and infections related to travel to or immigration from the developing world. The clinic has ~10,500 encounters/year.
- The Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic. This outpatient clinic provides clinical continuity care for patients with sexually transmitted diseases on a walk-in basis. Services include evaluation and treatment of infectious diseases, Hepatitis A and B vaccines, counseling and testing for HIV, and information about safe sex practices. The clinic has ~320 encounters/year.
- The Travel Medicine and Immunization Clinic. Fellows obtain experience advising international travelers on pre-travel immunization, malaria prophylaxis and appropriate infectious disease prevention.