Division of Infectious Diseases

UNMC Highlights Women in Science

As a medical student, I feel fortunate to be at UNMC, which values and supports women in medicine.  One of the greatest examples of this empowerment championed is a program held this year called “UNMC’s Women in Science: Our Voices, Our Stories.” This event – sponsored by the McGoogan Library of Medicine, the Women’s Mentoring Group, and the UNMC Office of Faculty Development – consisted… Continue Reading

Pharm2Exam Table: What is persistent MRSA bacteremia and how is it treated?

The following is a clinical review written by Ashleigh Grammar, PharmD, a recent graduate of the UNMC College of Pharmacy, and supervised by Scott Bergman PharmD FIDSA, Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator of Nebraska Medicine Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (@bergmanscott) What is persistent MRSA bacteremia and how is it treated? Methicillin-resistant Staphyloccous aureus (MRSA) (photo credit: CDC Public Health Image Library) is a bacteria that can cause a wide variety… Continue Reading

Placing PICCs for Antibiotics – Potential Undue Risks May Outweight Benefits

PICC placement is common practice for intravenous (IV) antibiotic needs, however, we may be inadvertently placing certain patients at higher risks for complications. A recent study by Paje et al assessed the frequency of PICC placement among patients with CKD stage 3b or greater, a practice discordant with current guidelines. This prospective study included data from over 20,000 adult patients across 52 hospitals participating in… Continue Reading

Dr. Susan Swindells to lead new TB prevention clinical trial

We are very proud to have Dr. Susan Swindells as a part of our division. A nationally and internationally renowned HIV clinical researcher, Dr. Swindells is a Professor of Internal Medicine-Infectious Diseases at University of Nebraska Medical Center. For many years she has led the Specialty Care Center in providing extraordinary care to patients with HIV in Omaha. Simultaneously, Dr. Swindells has also led several… Continue Reading

A Message from Our ID Fellowship Leaders

Fellowship application season is nearing and as the leaders of our ID fellowship, we wanted to highlight some of the exciting aspects of our program.  Our program and our division are growing.  We began in 2011 with 2 fellows, grew to 4 in 2017, and are planning to expand to six fellows by 2021.  We plan to match 3 fellows this application season. Our faculty… Continue Reading

EMET Student Profile – Samantha Cox, M1

Meet Samantha Cox, a new M1 student in our HIV Enhanced Medical Education Track! Tell us a little about yourself I moved to Omaha with my family from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, when I was in elementary school and attended high school at Duchesne Academy. I completed my Bachelor’s degree in French and Biology at College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University in Minnesota. Shortly after graduating from… Continue Reading

Inpatient Diarrheal Illness…Don’t Flush your Money: Save it with Diagnostic Stewardship!

Recently, a multidisciplinary team at UNMC published a diagnostic stewardship study in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology (ICHE) entitled: Hardwiring diagnostic stewardship using electronic ordering restrictions for gastrointestinal pathogen testing, that prompted a press release from The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), and a feature on an upcoming ICHE podcast episode. Drs. Jasmine Marcelin and Trevor Van Schooneveld are the lead and senior authors on this study…. Continue Reading