Division of Infectious Diseases

Congratulations Dr. Randy Fowler & Best Wishes at the CDC !!

Today is Dr. Randy Fowler’s last day as a fellow in the clinical microbiology laboratory.  His new position will be with the CDC as a laboratory leadership fellow.  Although the fellowship is managed by the CDC, Dr. Fowler will work at the Minnesota Public Health Laboratory where he will be focusing on national Carbapenem Resistant Enterobacteriacae (CRE) surveillance.

We would all like to extend our sincere gratitude for all of his work and support during his time here! If you see Dr. Fowler, please extend your thanks and well wishes today!

See more about Dr. Fowler and the Clinical Microbiology Fellowship here.

Graduation and Congratulations to Dr. Majorant!

As June comes to a close, we are celebrating the graduation of Dr. Majorant from our Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program.  We wish are all the best as she goes forward into her new position at Providence Medford Medical Center in Oregon! Congratulations Dr. Majorant!

Photograph courtesy of Dr. Rupp. 


 

Infectious Diseases Fellow Research Presentation

Research is critical to the advancement of medicine and we continue to encourage our fellows to be active in research, both now and in their future careers, and present those results through publications and presentations.

At the end of May, Dr. Majorant presented posters on two of her research projects, listed below,  at the UNMC at our fellow and resident research poster session. Congratulations on a job well done!

  • Risk factors associated with Adenovirus Disease in Solid Organ Transplant Recipients.
    • Denisa Majorant, Fang Qiu, Andre Kalil, Natasha Wilson, Diana F Florescu.
  • Utility of Fungal Blood Cultures in the Clinical Care.
    • Denisa Majorant,MD, Manasa Velagapudi, MD, Trevor Van Schooneveld MD.

Pictured are Dr. Ashraf and Dr. Majorant discussing her posters.


 

Heather Chambers on “Why I Love ID”

Heather Chambers, DNP, APRN-NP on “Why I Love ID”

“I love ID because of the challenge of finding the answers to complex problems and in turn making patients feel better. No day is ever the same which makes it interesting. It is extremely satisfying when the pieces of the puzzle come together and the patient improves. I enjoy the multidisciplinary approach of taking care of patients and developing trusting relationships with patients and their families. That is what makes it worth getting up in the morning!”

See more about the UNMC ID Division here.


 

UNMC Infectious Diseases Fellowship – Why YOU should apply!

Fellowship application season is nearing and as the Program Director for our ID fellowship, I wanted to highlight a few of the great things about our program.  Our fellows have a robust clinical experience that includes not only the typically complex patients seen at a tertiary referral center, but also includes extensive experience caring for immunosuppressed patients.  In addition to our General ID service, we have two separate immunocompromised services that care for oncology and solid organ transplant patients.  The faculty fellows work with are nationally recognized experts in their field, but are also very approachable and devoted to the education of trainees.  In addition to our inpatient experiences, fellows gain knowledge in HIV/AIDS management working in our multidisciplinary HIV clinic which cares for >1100 persons with HIV.

An important part of fellowship is developing skills in interpreting and performing research and we provide our fellows with a 6 month mentored research experience centered on their career goals.  A research committee assists fellows in mentor identification and project development.  Fellows also participate in a two-week research training program provided by UNMC.  Fellows have the opportunity to be mentored by well-known experts in a variety of areas including HIV/AIDS, immunocompromised hosts, orthopedic infections, hospital epidemiology, antimicrobial stewardship, and biopreparedness.

As new career opportunities develop for ID physicians we have worked to provide our fellows with the skills to engage in these fields.  UNMC ID fellows receive extensive experience in the area of infection control and antimicrobial stewardship.  UNMC also offers the opportunity to stay for an option third year to further develop a research portfolio or to add a critical care medicine fellowship.  My goal as a program director is to provide fellows with an education experience that provides them with skills and knowledge to make them successful in whatever career path they choose.  The opportunities available to ID physicians continue to expand and hope you will consider UNMC ID.  If you are interested in more information, please feel free to visit our website and/or contact me.

 – Dr. VanSchooneveld

Read more about the UNMC ID fellowship here.


 

Kim Meyer on “Why I Love ID”

Kim Meyer, MS, PA-C on “Why I Love ID”

“I enjoy the detective work of infectious disease to help solve a variety of challenging patient problems, and the ability to select from a handful of specifically targeted medications to make to make a noticeable difference in someone’s life.”

See more about the UNMC ID Division here.


 

 

Dr. Andrea Green on “Why I Love ID”

Dr. Andrea Green on “Why I Love ID”

Let me count the ways!  I like that we are not limited to just one organ system.  I like investigating difficult cases and solidifying a diagnosis.  I like that we can treat and for the most part, cure patients of their infections.  I like guiding other clinicians with appropriate anti-infective use. To me, it is the most interesting, challenging, dynamic and rewarding field in medicine and I feel privileged to be a part of it.

 

See more about Dr. Green and the UNMC ID Division here.