Division of Infectious Diseases

Farewell 2019…another year of growth for UNMCID

2019 continued the theme of growth for our Division of Infectious Diseases. We have added several new faculty to our group (and still actively hiring), continued to redesign the College of Medicine Infectious Diseases curriculum, established a new Community Infectious Diseases service line, expanded our social media presence, joined and led multiple national Infectious Diseases committees, and again hosted the successful regional HIV and Antimicrobial Stewardship… Continue Reading

Evaluating Next-Generation Melioidosis Diagnostics

In addition to being one of our ID physicians, Dr. James Lawler serves as the Director or International Programs and Innovation at the Global Center for Health Security, a center that will focus on training federal personnel to manage highly infectious diseases, and Director of Clinical and Biodefense Research at the National Strategic Research Institute.  His interest in global health extends to his research, and we’re excited to… Continue Reading

PharmToExamTable: What do we know about Etravirine for HIV?

Recently, several of our HIV pharmacist colleagues in our Division of Infectious Diseases at UNMC/Nebraska Medicine, published an invited review in Clinical Pharmacokinetics entitled: Clinical Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics of Etravirine: An Updated Review.  The first author, Dr. Josh Havens PharmD, wrote this summary describing the review article. What prompted the review? This was an invited review, but there was only one previously completed shortly after… Continue Reading

Unpacking the new IDSA Community-Acquired Pneumonia guidelines

We are always excited to have our ID fellows provide guest blog posts. Second year ID fellow Dr. Lindsey Rearigh (follow her on Twitter @LRearigh) was recently on her Antimicrobial Stewardship rotation and reviewed the latest published guidelines for Community-Acquired Pneumonia (CAP).  The American Thoracic Society (ATS) and Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) recently released updated community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) guidelines. The first immediate implication… Continue Reading

Following up on pharmacist-led HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis

Earlier this year we featured a study by UNMC ID Drs. Sara Bares and Susan Swindells: “Midwest pharmacists’ familiarity, experience, and willingness to provide pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV.”  We’re excited to share an update on their work building inter-professional relationships to increase PrEP education and use in Nebraska that was recently published in Open Forum Infectious Diseases: “Acceptability and feasibility of a pharmacist-led HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis… Continue Reading

Fellowship MATCH DAY: Congratulations to our 2020 ID Fellows!

Every year our ID division is excited to welcome numerous fellowship applicants during the summer and fall months. Match Day is the culmination of these applicants’ hard work and our collective opportunities to demonstrate what we have to offer each other.  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… Continue Reading