The Infectious Diseases course is a four-week curriculum that will introduce and advance the following: techniques of diagnostic testing for infectious diseases, advanced study of anti-infective therapy, multi-system infectious processes such as HIV and tuberculosis, infections related to exposures and life stages, and infections in special populations and circumstances. In addition, hospital epidemiology, infection prevention, hospital-related infections, and vaccines and immunizations will be introduced and advanced in all modules of the course. Most of the concepts that will be emphasized will be built upon the foundations of microbiology, immunology and principles of anti-infective therapy (pharmacology) that have been introduced in the Fundamentals course. The major concepts of infection as related to local and global systems will be developed within the public health modules of Scholar’s Workshop. Students will develop a broad-based understanding of infectious disease processes through the Phase I integrated curriculum running continuously throughout the first two years of medical school as a theme. Organ system-specific infections will be integrated within each system block to demonstrate the role various infections play in the disruption of the normal anatomy and physiology of the system.
At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to:
- Discuss infectious diseases diagnostic testing methods and explain their indications and appropriate usage
- Describe and/or recognize diagnostic techniques used in clinical microbiology (stains, cultures and molecular)
- Demonstrate knowledge of microbiologic specimen collection, handling and processing, as well as proper sterile technique and hygiene
- Discuss advanced anti-infective therapies, including antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal agents for the treatment of infectious diseases and describe the mechanism of action, spectrum of antimicrobial activity, and major adverse side effects and toxicities
- Demonstrate skill in the interpretation of antimicrobial resistance testing, as well as appropriate application in clinical case scenarios
- Demonstrate understanding of the concepts of hospital epidemiology, infection prevention, preventable hospital-related infections, and high-risk exposures to infections
- Apply knowledge of mechanism of action, indications, usage, and efficacy of immunizations and vaccines to clinical scenarios
- Demonstrate a logical approach to the diagnosis and treatment of the following multi-system infections and conditions: fever, fever and rash syndromes, viral syndromes, vector born diseases, zoonoses, parasitic infections, and sexually transmitted infections
- Describe fundamental principles of HIV infection, including natural history and immunology, diagnosis, monitoring and treatment, and associated opportunistic infections
- Demonstrate knowledge of the history, pathobiology, and treatment of tuberculosis, as well as an understanding of the public health implications of the disease
- Demonstrate knowledge of infections related to special hosts including transplant recipients, those on immunosuppressive therapies, and congenital infections
- Demonstrate knowledge of infections related to specific circumstances, such as geographic/travel-related infections, food-borne illnesses, and bioterrorism
- Demonstrate a logical, patient-oriented approach to pertinent history and physical exam skills targeting infectious diseases-related diagnoses
- Work collaboratively as part of a team to develop skills in medical problem solving, critical thinking, and self-directed and lifelong learning.