Division of Infectious Diseases

Farewell and new beginnings for our graduating fellows

On Wednesday, June 10, 2020, the Infectious Diseases Division gathered to celebrate two outstanding fellows, Drs. Lindsey Rearigh and Randy McCreery. Both are graduating and moving on to amazing next steps. This year’s graduation was unprecedented for our program (and every other training program) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But even though these graduating fellows capped off their year with zoom lectures and conferences, and… Continue Reading

At the center of the 2018 West Nile Virus season, UNMC ID physicians encountered an unusual presentation

In 2018, we experienced a particularly severe West Nile Virus season, with an unusually high amount of neuroinvasive disease. Last summer, our senior ID Fellow Dr. Lindsey Rearigh shared an informational blog post about the disease, and more recently, she and Dr. Sara Bares published a case report in the Journal of Neurovirology describing a a patient with an unusual presentation of West Nile Virus… Continue Reading

Contraception and Antiretroviral Therapy: Important Interactions to Keep in Mind

Dr. Kimberly Scarsi recently published an important study in Lancet HIV: “Antiretroviral therapy and vaginally administered contraceptive hormones: a three-arm, pharmacokinetic study.”  We were excited to learn more about and feature her work! Could you please give us a brief summary of the study you performed? This was a pharmacokinetic evaluation of the effect of antiretroviral therapy (ART) on vaginally administered hormones. Overall, 84 women… Continue Reading

Introducing AMDA UTI Consensus Statement for Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention of Urinary Tract Infections

The AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long Term-Care Medicine convened a UTI consensus statement workgroup in 2017 to outline best practices for the management of UTI in post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) settings. The workgroup consisted of various national and international subject matter experts and was chaired by UNMC faculty Dr. Muhammad Salman Ashraf, who is an Associate Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases…. Continue Reading

Blood culture contamination–it’s a big deal

Blood cultures are a key diagnostic test to detect bacteremia and appropriately treat patients with sepsis and are performed approximately 30 million times in the United States yearly. Unfortunately, contamination of blood cultures occurs in the 0.5% to 5% of samples (approximately 25% of positive blood cultures are due to contamination) which leads to inappropriate antibiotic treatment, additional unneeded tests, extended hospital length of stay,… Continue Reading

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

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

Nebraska Medicine receives IDSA Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence Designation

In 2018, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) began recognizing “Antimicrobial Stewardship Centers of Excellence” at hospitals that meet or exceed best practice standards.  We are pleased to announce that Nebraska Medicine has recently been designated as an Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence effective October 2019.  As we celebrate #AntibioticAwarenessWeek for 2019, we are reminded of the importance of antimicrobial stewardship as antimicrobial resistance is… 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

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