Division of Infectious Diseases

Applying for ID fellowship? Hear Why UNMC ID was the right choice for one of our current fellows!

Why UNMC ID Was Right for Me As I took inventory of what I had here in Omaha (this is where I did  my residency), no other program could beat the quality of training that I knew I would receive while also providing the quality of life that my family enjoys.  While I get to work and learn from national experts in many common diseases (just review some… Continue Reading

What happened at the first Nebraska Antimicrobial Stewardship Summit?

After almost a year of planning, the First Annual Nebraska Antimicrobial Stewardship Summit convened on Friday, June 1st, 2018 in La Vista, NE.  This conference is the first of its kind in Nebraska in which information on antimicrobial stewardship in various healthcare settings is the focus of the meeting.  The conference center was abuzz with excitement as close to 270 healthcare professionals attended the Summit… Continue Reading

Men’s Health Month at UNMC ID

June is Men’s Health Month, a time to highlight the unique men’s health issues and advocate for awareness of preventive services for men and boys.  We have some amazing men in our division who have served as clinicians, educators, leaders, and mentors. Meet the Men of UNMC ID: Dr. M. Salman Ashraf, MBBS is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Medical Director of the Nebraska… Continue Reading

Interested in upcomingTransplant ID conferences? UNMC ID will be representing!

We are proud of our Transplant ID faculty who have demonstrated their academic productivity with invitations to present posters, oral lectures and moderate at upcoming Transplant ID conferences. If you are planning on attending any of these conferences, check out our faculty and staff presentations and tag us on twitter @UNMC_ID! 2018 American Transplant congress, Seattle, WA 2-6 June 2018 Dr. Andre C Kalil – moderator… Continue Reading

Dogma vs. Necessity: Follow-up blood cultures in patients with gram-negative negative bacteremia

Attending on the inpatient Infectious Disease service always stimulates discussion regarding management of bloodstream infections: What is the optimal duration? Can we use oral antibiotics? Do we need to document clearance of blood cultures? When these discussions lead to review of literature, one will find that the data is evolving in an attempt to answer these questions. Last month’s ID journal club included spirited discussions… Continue Reading

DANCE FOR A CHANCE with UNMC ID’s Dr. Diana Florescu

There are hundreds of homeless youth in Omaha. Some of them have been emotionally, physically, or sexually abused, making it unsafe for them to return home, while others are facing health, mental health, or substance abuse issues. Youth Emergency Services (YES) provides much needed services for these individuals. What is YES Dance for a Chance? Dance for a Chance is an event where local representatives… Continue Reading

Interested in Orthopedic Infectious Diseases? The Perfect Job Awaits You at UNMC!

Orthopedic Infectious Diseases University of Nebraska Medical Center – Omaha, NE The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) is excited to announce the recruitment of a faculty position in Orthopedic-ID in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine. Successful candidates will hold an academic appointment at the assistant or associate professor level and will be employed by UNMC and Nebraska Medicine. Candidates should… Continue Reading

UNMC ID Division Accolades!

Our Faculty at University of Nebraska Medical Center Division of Infectious Diseases have worked hard to maintain a strong academic presence at UNMC. We are a growing division, filled with faculty at all stages of their careers, and their collective academic prowess has our division leading the pack. Our recent Department of Medicine Research report for 2017 pegged UNMCID as the #1 Division for the… Continue Reading

Tune into this AMAZING Podcast : The Hot Zone: Biocontainment with Dr. Hewlett

  Dr. Angela Hewlett recently was interviewed via podcast for a Travel Medicine show regarding biocontainment, including how to treat and handle highly infectious agents(yes, including Ebola). The blog posts include everything from what biocontainment is to worse case scenarios and other unique aspects of preparing for, and providing care for, people with these types of infections. The namesake for this podcast is a book… Continue Reading

Nebraska Antimicrobial Stewardship Summit: A Step Forward in Fighting Antibiotic Resistance

The CDC estimates 30% of all antibiotics prescribed in outpatient setting in the US are unnecessary. Similarly 30% of antibiotics used in hospitals are estimated to be unnecessary or incorrectly prescribed. Inappropriate antibiotic prescribing in long-term care facilities have been found to be even higher in some studies (up to 75%). Improving antibiotic use is essential in the fight against antibiotic resistance. In the US,… Continue Reading