Fostering Interest in ID among Students – For Students and By Students

The UNMC Infectious Diseases Interest Group (IDIG) is a student organization that focuses on educating health profession students about the field of infectious diseases. The IDIG also seeks to garner interest in and promote investigation of a career in infectious disease. In the past year, the IDIG at UNMC has hosted several lunch meetings, including a tour of the Nebraska Medicine biocontainment unit, a panel of infectious disease specialists, and a viewing of “Monsters Inside Me” followed by a discussion of relevant parasitology with infectious disease specialists.

Thursday, March 2nd they had a lunch meeting with a panel of trainees interested in pursuing ID. The goal of this meeting was to provide an opportunity for current medical students to hear about how they chose their residency speciality (IM or peds) and what the residency application process looks like. The panelists also discussed how medical students can increase their exposure to the field of infectious diseases during M3 and M4 clerkships.  It went very well and we had a great turn out (about 35 students attended the meeting)! At our meeting we had Logan Jones, an M4 interested in infectious diseases, Dr. Denisa Majorant, an ID fellow, Dr. Richard Hankins, an internal medicine resident, and Dr. Gwenn Skar, a third year peds ID fellow, on our panel. They offered insight into the residency process, the ID fellowship, and a career in infectious diseases. 

Thursday, April 6th they will have an interdisciplinary lunch meeting with different members of the infectious disease team (both ID specialized pediatrics and internal medicine physicians, PAs, nurses, pharmacists, etc.) discussing their roles in infectious disease cases. Our goal for this lunch meeting is to help students from all disciplines across campus see how interprofessionalism and teamwork functions in the ID setting. They also hope our PA, nursing, and pharmacy guests will educate students about their path to ID for students who may be interested in careers in ID.

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