Curriculum

UK Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program

The Infectious Diseases fellowship program at the University of Kentucky is a two-year ACGME accredited fellowship program.  Clinical rotations occur primarily at University of Kentucky Chandler hospital, Good Samaritan University of Kentucky hospital, Kentucky clinic and Veteran Affairs which is connected with UK Chandler Hospital.

The rotation for a first-year fellow includes 24-36 weeks of inpatient rotations, 8-20 weeks of clinical research and 4 weeks of microbiology rotation. During first year, each fellow selects a faculty mentor and scholarly project.  The mentor will guide his/her research activity and development during the second year. The first year fellow is allowed to attend either SHEA conference or HIV conference.

The rotation for a second-year fellow includes 24-36 weeks of clinical research, 8-20 weeks of inpatient rotations and 4 weeks of infection control and antimicrobial stewardship. A second year fellow is expected to present at least one poster in a national conference such as ID Week, ASM, etc. The second year fellow is allowed to attend ID week and tuberculosis (or non-tuberculous mycobacterium) conference in National Jewish hospital in Denver, CO.

 Core Curriculum Topics

  • Transplant (bone marrow and solid organ transplant recipients- kidney, liver, pancreas, heart and lungs)
  • Infections in Leukemia, lymphoma, or other malignancies
  • Immunocompromised host
  • Bone, joint and soft tissue infections
  • Fever evaluations (including neutropenic fever, fever of unknown origin)
  • Pleuropulmonary infections
  • Gastrointestinal and intra-abdominal infections
  • Sepsis syndromes
  • Nosocomial Infections
  • Organ System Infections of CNS, head & neck, respiratory, urogenital tract, etc.
  • Endocarditis
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Hepatitides
  • Infections in pregnant women
  • Infections of prosthetic devices
  • Trauma-related infections
  • Travel & Tropical Medicine
  • Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Prevention
  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Bioterrorism
  • Dermatological manifestation of diseases
  • Pharmacy topics: including pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic principles of antimicrobial prescribing, outpatient antimicrobial therapy, antimicrobial resistance, etc.
  • Principles of prophylaxis: vaccination
  • Introduction to Biostatistics
  • Tuberculosis and atypical mycobacterial infections
  • Sexually transmitted infections/Reproductive tract infections
  • Vector-borne illness
  • Food-borne illness
  • Viral, fungal, mycobacterial, and bacterial infections
  • Zoonoses
  • Didactic
    • ID Fellows Core Curriculum Conference (1 every week)
    • ID Clinical Case Conference ( 1 every week)
    • ID Journal Club Conference (1 every month)
    • ID Research Conference (1 every month)
    • Continuity Clinic (HIV and General ID)
      • Every other half day clinic per week in University of Kentucky and VA clinic for both first-year and second-year fellow.
      • Follow at least 20 HIV-infected patients and 10 Hepatitis C- infected patients
      • Clinical Microbiology (4 weeks) - bacteriology, mycology, virology, parasitology, antibiotic susceptibility testing
      • UK and/or VA Infection Control (2 weeks)
      • Antimicrobial Stewardship (2 weeks)
      • STD (1 week) clinical training at University Health Services at the University of Kentucky
      • Bone and Joint Infection Consult Service (4 weeks)
      • Transplant Infection Consult Service (4 weeks)
      • Good Samarian University of Kentucky Consult Service (4 weeks)

Conferences - 60% documented attendance over 24 months is required.