Division of Infectious Diseases

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 also continues to grow, as we now have 23 physician faculty with diverse expertise.  Dr. Trevor Van Schooneveld has been the Program Director since the program was created, and we recently appointed an Associate Program Director, Dr. Andrea Zimmer.  Dr. Zimmer is also the director of the Oncology ID program, and she completed her ID fellowship at Vanderbilt University, followed by a transplant ID fellowship at Mayo Clinic.

Drs. Hankins and Karnatak spent time in the biocontainment unit

Fellows at UNMC enjoy 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.  In the last year we have added an orthopedic infectious diseases rotation where fellows gain experience managing these complex patients and work with faculty who have extensive experience in this area.  We have also expanded our ambulatory offerings with the creation of a non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) clinic and a travel clinic.  The faculty at UNMC are nationally recognized experts in their field, and are also very approachable and devoted to the education and success of trainees. They have created extensive educational opportunities, covering topics from opportunistic infections in solid organ and hematopoietic stem recipients to emerging global pathogens and biopreparedness. Fellows gain knowledge in HIV/AIDS management working in our multidisciplinary HIV clinic which cares for over 1200 people with HIV.

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 pursue additional clinical expertise in subspecialty areas.

Dr. McCreery presenting his research

An important part of fellowship is developing skills in interpreting and performing research, and we provide our fellows with six months of mentored research experience centered on their career goals.  A research committee assists fellows in mentor identification and project development.  Fellows also participate in a week-long UNMC sponsored research training program, and typically present their work at national conferences like IDWeek and SHEA.

Our goal as program directors is to provide fellows with an educational 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 we hope you will consider UNMC ID.  If you are interested in more information, please feel free to visit our website and/or contact us.

Dr. Trevor Van Schooneveld
Program Director, Infectious Diseases Fellowship
Medical Director, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
University of Nebraska Medical Center
985400 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-9400
Email: tvanscho@unmc.edu

Dr. Andrea J. Zimmer
Associate Program Director, Infectious Diseases Fellowship
Director, Oncology Infectious Diseases
University of Nebraska Medical Center
985400 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-9400
Email: Andreaj.zimmer@unmc.edu


 

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