Division of Infectious Diseases

Pharm to Exam Table – Trimethroprim/Sulfamethoxazole for Nocardiosis

Pharm to Exam Table: Clinical Pharmacology/Antibiotic Updates – Trimethroprim/Sulfamethoxazole for Nocardiosis Nocardia is an aerobic, gram-positive bacterium commonly found in soil, decomposing vegetation, fresh water, and salt water. Nocardia is typically considered an opportunistic pathogen, but there have been several cases of nocardiosis occurring in immunocompetent hosts. Patients that are most at risk of developing nocardiosis are those with malignancies, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), solid-organ and hematopoietic stem cell… Continue Reading

Thank A Resident Day 2018 has ARRIVED

We recently posted about Resident Awareness Week in Canada and we are THRILLED to support this new initiative today. Nebraska Medicine, UNMC and The Gold Humanism Honor Society are excited to celebrate all Residents today on Thank a Resident Day. Thank a Resident Day offers faculty and students the chance to show their gratitude to the unsung teachers of their medical school clerkship, the house-staff.  While… Continue Reading

Honoring Black Women and Men Physician Leaders in Infectious Diseases

African Americans account for only 6% of newly minted doctors graduating from medical school in the USA. Within our specialty of Infectious Diseases, only 3% of ID physician members of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) self-report as Black/African American. Many of these physicians make it their career goals to provide care for and advance clinical research pertaining to People of Color, often underrepresented… Continue Reading

Whitney Knuth, NP on “Why I Love ID”

Why I Love ID:  “I love the detective work we get to do on a daily basis and the unpredictability each day brings.  The field is a constant challenge, with no two days being the same.  I specifically love working with our oncology patients and their families and the interpersonal relationships we are privileged to establish.  There is no better reward or satisfaction when we… Continue Reading

Reflections on a year of blogging

On February 14, 2017, led by our Division’s own Social Media Maven Dr. Kelly Cawcutt, we launched our UNMC Infectious Diseases Blog with a welcome post. 365 days, 134 posts, and almost 14,000 views later, we are still here! We have introduced our faculty, shared thoughts on why ID is special to us, recruited for and filled open positions (including 2 amazing fellowship matches), celebrated… Continue Reading

Calamities of Kissing – Happy Valentine’s Day from UNMC ID

It’s almost Valentine’s day, and in honor of the one day of the year commercially dedicated to L’Amour, we thought would be fun to talk about some of the Infectious Diseases associated with “kissing”. Let’s start with “The Kissing Disease” – Infectious Mononucleosis: Infectious Mononucleosis or “Mono” is an illness most commonly caused by a herpesvirus called Epstein Barr Virus (EBV).  Mono is characterized by… Continue Reading

Going Global – Supporting UNMC & Los Chavalitos in Nicaragua

Dr. Florescu will be joining an upcoming medical service trip to Los Chavalitos clinic in Managua, Nicaragua, sponsored by UNMC’s Student Alliance for Global Health. Los Chavalitos Clinic is the outreach of APUSAN, a Spanish acronym meaning “Association of Pediatricians United for the Health of the Children.”  APUSAN was founded by a small group of ambitious young Nicaraguan medical residents in the early 1990s.  The… Continue Reading

#ResidentAwarenessWeek – Thank You to ALL residents around the world

This week marks resident awareness week in Canada. Why are we talking about a week celebrated by our colleagues to the North? First, because as I first came across this trending on Twitter (#residentawarenessweek), I was excited and wanted to find a similar week to celebrate our US residents. I do not recall such a week in the past, but I was sure I was… Continue Reading

Plazomicin: Will it be the future of MDRO treatment?

Today at our UNMC Infectious Disease Research Conference, Dr. Kelly Cawcutt’s presentation included details on Plazomicin, a new antibiotic recently granted FDA Breakthrough Therapy Designation,  aimed at treating multi-drug resistant organisms (MDROs). Antibiotic resistance continues to be a clinical problem. The CDC Antibiotic Threat Report has estimated 2 million infections with antibiotic resistant organisms and 23,000 deaths, with antibiotic resistant organisms estimated to cost up… Continue Reading

Dr. El-Ramahi on “Why I Love ID”

Why I Love ID: “I love ID because it is an exciting field and every day brings interesting cases and unique challenges. It is a field where I have a chance to form strong doctor-patient relationship since we spend a lot of time talking to the patient and as a group, we do ask a lot of questions! It is also gratifying to see patients’… Continue Reading