The training program provides a variety of conferences and educational experiences. Fellows are expected to participate in the following:
- Case Conference (Fridays, 11 a.m.) — Fellows and Pediatric Infectious Diseases faculty present ID cases from the inpatient consultation services. Differential diagnosis, diagnostic techniques, and patient management are emphasized. Fellows develop and master the skills of clear and concise case presentations with focused learning objectives.
- ID/Plate Rounds (SAVAHCS on 3rd Tuesday monthly; BUMCT every Friday 12 p.m.) — Important real-time in-patient micro findings discussed in the microbiology lab. On the first Friday of the month, Pathology faculty present cases relevant to ID, with clinical correlation by ID fellows or faculty as appropriate. Microbiology rounds are held on the subsequent Fridays – cell/molecular biology, ID diagnostics, and microbiology lab topics are covered.
- Didactic ID Curriculum (Mondays, 11:30 a.m.) — ID fellows, faculty, and guest speakers present core topics selected to cover the range of knowledge expected of an Infectious Diseases Specialist as one prepares for the ABIM Board Certification Subspecialty Examination.
- Joint ID/Pulmonary Case Conference (1 p.m., quarterly—second Tuesday) — Takes place of Cocci Case Presentation below.
- ID Grand Rounds (BUMCT, 1st Tuesday monthly, 11 a.m.), Cocci Case Presentations (BUMCT, 2nd Tuesday monthly, 11 a.m.), VA Seminar (SAVAHCS, 3rd Tuesday monthly, 8 a.m.) — ID fellows learn from expert faculty on specific topics that span the knowledge expected of an Infectious Diseases Specialist in preparation for the ABIM Board Certification Subspecialty Examination. Expert and guest faculty cover their experiences that touch on infectious diseases related subjects and on their field of research.
- Journal Club (4th Tuesday monthly, 11:30 a.m.) — Fellow journal article review. Emphasis is placed on critical appraisal of the literature, understanding study design, study populations, measurement of outcomes, and the study’s applicability to our practice. The investigations can be centered on basic sciences, translational medicine, quality improvement initiatives, and studies that impact the Infectious Diseases Subspecialty as a profession. It is strongly encouraged to choose articles from high-impact peer-reviewed articles.