Division of Infectious Diseases

World Meningitis Day 2018: #AllMeningitisMatters

It’s World Meningitis Day! #Meningitis affects more than 2.8 million people globally each year.  Meningitis can be a scary disease.  It can be contagious, debilitating, and even deadly.  That’s why it is important to understand what it is, how to recognize it and how to prevent it. What is meningitis? The meninges are a set of tissue membranes that line the skull and vertebral column,… Continue Reading

Losing Ground Against Gonorrhea – The Rising Antibiotic Resistance

April is Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Awareness month  and there is a critical need to raise awareness toward preventing these infections in all our patients. In the past, most STIs were easily treated with readily available antibiotics, but unfortunately, the story of Gonorrhea has taken a turn down a frightening road. Gonorrhea is the 2nd most commonly reported transmissible disease and therefore carries recommendations for… Continue Reading

ID Journal Club Presents… Molecular Rapid Diagnostic Tests Improve Clinical Outcome

Bloodstream infections are associated with high mortality.  Blood cultures are a reliable and accurate method for the identification of bloodstream infections but can take up to 5 days or even more being finalized, leading to delays in initiation of effective antibiotic therapy. The Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) recommends the use of rapid diagnostic testing with support of antimicrobial stewardship for better clinical outcomes,… Continue Reading

Honoring Black Women and Men Physician Leaders in Infectious Diseases

African Americans account for only 6% of newly minted doctors graduating from medical school in the USA. Within our specialty of Infectious Diseases, only 3% of ID physician members of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) self-report as Black/African American. Many of these physicians make it their career goals to provide care for and advance clinical research pertaining to People of Color, often underrepresented… Continue Reading

I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar…In Infectious Diseases and More!

February 3 is National Women Physicians Day. This day was chosen to celebrate Women Physicians in honor of Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell’s birthday. Dr. Blackwell was the first woman to matriculate at a US medical school, and her acceptance in 1847 was initially a joke. In those times, medicine was very much a man’s world, but the joke was on them because, after graduating in 1849,… Continue Reading

Dr. Paul Fey on “Why I Love Clinical Microbiology”

  Dr. Paul Fey on “Why I Love Clinical Microbiology: “I love clinical microbiology because each pathogen that invades a human host has a different strategy. Our job is to determine how these processes occur mechanistically but also practically utilize this information to find new diagnostic strategies for our patients and clinical colleagues. ”   See more about UNMC Clinical Microbiology here.

UNMC Clinical Microbiology Fellowship Program Welcomes Dr. Arryn Craney!

Content courtesy of Dr. Paul Fey and Dr. Arryn Craney. UNMC’s Department of Pathology and Microbiology in collaboration with Nebraska Medicine sponsors a Clinical Microbiology Fellowship Program that is accredited by the Committee on Postgraduate Educational Programs (CPEP) of the American Academy of Microbiology.  This two year training program provides the trainee hands-on experience in the basic disciplines of clinical microbiology.  Upon successful completion of… Continue Reading

Microbiology and Infectious Diseases – The Ghostbusters of Medicine

  Medicine is a team sport, there is no denying that, but together the Microbiologist and Infectious Diseases(ID) specialists create a powerhouse of for diagnosis and treatment. Detect, Identify and Destroy. Infectious Disease physicians are called in to start the investigation – does the patient have an infection? What do we think is the most likely infection? What tests do we need to determine what… Continue Reading

Happy Medical Laboratory Professionals Week – Celebrating our AWESOME Microbiology team!

Work hard, play hard. Medicine is a hard job AND a team sport. We must take time out to celebrate our colleagues work and accomplishments! This week is Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, which is held the last full week of April each year.  Events are held to celebrate the critical work that clinical laboratory scientists perform on a daily basis.  This week our Microbiology teams… Continue Reading