Goals and Objectives of the Program

Overall Goals of the ID Fellowship Program

  1. To learn basic and advanced principles of the pathogenesis of infectious diseases and host-pathogen interactions which provide the basis for understanding infectious diseases.

  2. To accumulate a critical mass of fundamental information and practical approaches for the diagnosis, management and prevention of infectious diseases.

  3. To acquire the technical and practical skills that are required by a consultant in infectious diseases.

  4. To acquire clinical skills in a progressive fashion and with increasing responsibility appropriate for a consultant in infectious diseases.

  5. To acquire knowledge and skills necessary for providing cost-effective, ethical and humanistic care of patients with infectious diseases.

  6. To acquire knowledge and skills necessary for critical analysis of laboratory testing and the infectious diseases literature.

  7. To acquire skills in design and performance of hypothesis-driven infectious diseases research, and to participate in such research or equivalent scholarly activity. This may include gaining extensive experience in grant writing and scientific presentation.

Overall Objectives

The overall fellowship objectives are listed below with the individual competency based rotation objectives being listed in the Goals and Objectives of the ID Fellowship which will be given to you along with this document.

  1. Develop expertise in the epidemiology as well as in the clinical and microbiological diagnosis of infectious diseases.

  2. Develop expertise in the management of infectious diseases.

  3. Learn the optimal use of antimicrobial agents, including their appropriate use, toxicities, cost-effectiveness as well as their mechanisms of action. This includes a thorough understanding of the mechanisms of resistance.

  4. Acquire knowledge of the pathogenesis of infectious diseases and the principles of host-pathogen interactions.

  5. Understand the principles of hospital epidemiology.

  6. Be able to present a clear, cohesive, and in-depth presentation of an infectious diseases topic to the infectious diseases faculty (i.e. peers).

  7. Develop skills necessary to design, conduct and analyze clinical trials with the aim of becoming an independent clinical investigator.

  8. Participate in a research project that will result in a presentation to the scientific community. This may be a case report, review of the literature, or involve participation in a clinical research project or basic laboratory experience.