Division of Infectious Diseases

Why I Love ID – Dr. Nicolas Cortes-Penfield

What about ID makes you excited? I love a good medical mystery or diagnostic challenge.  Infectious disease specialists are often the experts other physicians turn to when they’re stumped by a patient’s seemingly inexplicable symptoms – a persistent fever, a perplexing rash, abnormal bloodwork that hints at inflammation in the body no one can seem to track down.  As a kid who grew up listening… Continue Reading

Pharm2Exam Table: Does methenamine prevent recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs)?

The following is a clinical review written by Lauren Hoeft, 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 Does methenamine prevent recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs)? Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are one of the most common indications for the use of antibiotics. A UTI is diagnosed not… Continue Reading

Strong, Smart, and Bold: UNMC ID Faculty Empower Young Women at Girls, Inc.

Strep, pneumonia, microbiome, oh my! ID physicians Dr. Alison Freifeld, Dr. Andrea Zimmer, and Dr. Erica Stohs and Dr. Caitlin Murphy, Assistant Director of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory, recently brought the world of infectious disease medicine to young women at Girls Inc. Omaha.  Girls learned about common infections and the bugs that cause them, the bacteria that inhabits the world around them, and careers in… Continue Reading

Special contributor: Dr. Shipra Goel

Dr. Shipra Goel joined us for the summer as an observer in the Infectious Disease Department.  We’re excited to include her contributions to our blog during the month she was with us! My journey to an exciting observership at UNMC was enabled by my passion for infectious diseases (ID) which was virulent enough to infect Dr. Marcelin from 8000 miles away. Thanks to social media,… Continue Reading

Journal Club – Stewardship in Community Hospitals: How should we spend our limited resources? 

Stewardship in Community Hospitals: How should we spend our limited resources?  The following is a review by our ID Fellowship Program Director Dr. Trevor Van Schooneveld from our last Infection Control/Antimicrobial Stewardship Journal Club. He discussed the article by Anderson et al: Feasibility of Core Antimicrobial Stewardship Interventions in Community Hospitals. JAMA Network Open.  2019;2(8):e199369.   Antimicrobial stewardship is important to improving patient care and outcomes and numerous entities… Continue Reading

Deanna Hansen: Catalyst for Education Award Nominee

We are thrilled to announce that Deanna Hansen was among a group of elite individuals nominated for the Catalyst for Education award. This award comes from the UNMC Interprofessional Academy of Educators, and recognizes the integral role of those who serve in an educational support role on campus. The award values the impact that nominees have made to furthering the educational mission of UNMC, promoting… Continue Reading

UNMC IDSHEAroes #RaceAgainstResistance Fundraising Milestone Unlocked!

The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) is sponsoring the Race Against Resistance for the 4th year. Money raised is used to fund educational scholarships involved in treating, and researching, ways to prevent the 2050 predictions from coming true. This is a chance to take a stand against ‘superbugs’, to support those fighting against them today, to help change the future. Dr. Cawcutt is #RacingInRehab to gain… Continue Reading