Division of Infectious Diseases

Antimicrobial Resistance is a Global Problem: Notes from the World Health Summit

From the World Health Summit, Berlin: Panel on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), October 27, 2019. The 2019 World Health Summit (#WHS2019) opened with a panel discussion about the accelerating problem of global antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Dr. Peter Beyer, an intellectual property law expert working with the WHO on global health applications, led a panel of international experts to discuss current challenges of AMR – mostly focusing… Continue Reading

EMR Order Set Speeds Time to Antibiotic Treatment in Musculoskeletal Infections

Dr. Angela Hewlett spends her time at UNMC not only studying Ebola but also working to prevent and manage musculoskeletal infections.  In addition to publishing this year’s update on “What’s New in Musculoskeletal Infection,” she collaborated with orthopedic surgeons, trauma surgeons, and emergency physicians to design and implement a new order set in the UNMC electronic medical record system to streamline antibiotic initiation in the… Continue Reading

Medical Student Musings from #UNMCHIV2019

This year, the UNMC HIV Update for Care Providers and Educators on October 10, 2019 brought approximately 100 attendees to Omaha again to learn about new drugs, management approaches, and patient experiences with HIV. The CME conference was funded by the Nebraska AIDS Education & Training Center (AETC), [a local partner of the Midwest AETC], and the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services. One of… Continue Reading

#IDWeek2019: An infectious air of inclusion, knowledge, and empowerment

This year, our ID division was well represented at IDWeek, with several residents and students attending (and presenting) for the first time. One of our third year Internal Medicine/Pediatrics residents interested in Infectious Diseases, Dr. Joe Wang, wrote about his experiences, published last week on Doximity. We are very proud of him and share his IDWeek recap below: **** IDWeek is the seminal event for… Continue Reading

UNMC ID Ebola Expert Dr. Angela Hewlett shares the Nebraska Experience

Dr. Angela Hewlett presented ‘Clinical Management of Ebola: The Nebraska Experience’ at Grand Rounds at the University of Wisconsin on Friday April 19th 2019.  Dr. Hewlett was invited by Internal Medicine Chief Resident Dr. Samantha Murray-Bainer as part of the University of Wisconsin Dream Speaker series, where each Chief Resident is given the opportunity to select a Grand Rounds speaker that has been influential to… Continue Reading

CROI 2019 – The Official UNMC ID Guide of Where We Will Be!

  CROI 2019 is here and we want to be sure YOU know where to find us in Seattle. Below is the list of faculty presentations and posters from our Division. Find us on Twitter @UNMC_ID  Content courtesy #CROI2019 http://www.croiconference.org/sites/default/files/uploads/croi2019-program-and-information.pdf  Oral presentations: Tuesday March 5 2019 (Oral Abstract O-05 STRANGE BEDFELLOWS: STIs, CONTRACEPTION, AND TRIALS OF HIV TESTING Room 6AB 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM) Abstract… Continue Reading

IDWeek 2018: Why We Still Don’t Wash Our Hands

At IDWeek 2018, the annual conference for the Infectious Diseases Society of America, I was struck by one simple truth. We are still talking about washing our hands, or in our professional lingo, hand hygiene. Hand hygiene is the simplest, most effective way to prevent infection. Most of us know this intuitively, without the science, as we grew up being reminded by our parents and… Continue Reading

Update for HIV Care Providers and Educators Revived and Reinvigorated!

Content written by Nikki Regan, APRN After a several year hiatus, the UNMC HIV Update conference was back and better than ever.  The conference planning committee at the UNMC/Nebraska Medicine Specialty Care Clinic started organizing this event over a year ago.  “The interest was definitely there,” said Ann Fitzgerald, APRN at the clinic and AIDS Education and Training Program Director for Nebraska. “In the past… Continue Reading

Follow @UNMC_ID at #IDWEEK2018!

IDWeek is here and we want to be sure YOU know where to find us! Below is the list of faculty presentations and posters from our Division. Please come visit us at IDWeek –  We would LOVE to meet you!  Content courtesy of Sandy Nelson and the entire UNMC ID Division.  Tuesday, October 2 Session: The Vincent T. Andriole ID Board Review Course Session Title:… Continue Reading

Clinical Pearls From Case Conference: Focus on CNS Infections

At Case Conference on August 16, Drs. Hankins and McCreery presented excellent cases of viral CNS infections combined with a great review of pertinent literature.  Here are the key clinical pearls from their presentations. Dr. McCreery on viral and bacterial meningitis: Empiric dexamethasone appears to be beneficial in S. Pneumoniae and H. Influenza meningitis but should be stopped if found to have viral meningitis or… Continue Reading