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Infectious Diseases Fellowship Information

The Infectious Diseases Fellowship is a 2 year program in the department of medicine designed to provide specialized training for fellows. The program is directed by Infectious Diseases Fellow in ClinicJanak Koirala, M.D., Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases.

Introduction and Goals

The fellowship training in Infectious Diseases provided by the Department of Internal Medicine at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is designed to provide advanced training in the subspecialty leading to eligibility for board certification in the subspecialty of Infectious Diseases. The trainees are to follow the general policies and procedures outlined by the Department of Medicine, the University, and the affiliated hospitals including those mandated by the local, state, and federal health administration agencies. The goals of the fellowship program are:

  • Provide a comprehensive knowledge base to prepare the fellow to care for patients suffering from infectious diseases due to bacterial, fungal, viral and parasitic causes. This includes specific management of these infections as well as supportive and maintenance care needed for these diseases.
  • Provide experience with a wide variety of patients suffering from infections of diverse organ systems to give the fellow experience in diagnosing and managing patients suffering from common as well as unusual infectious diseases.
  • Provide a diverse experience through rotations outside the primary division including pediatric infectious diseases; hospital epidemiology and infection control; public health and preventive medicine and diagnostic microbiology and pathology.
  • Prepare the fellow to continue his/her education throughout his/her professional life by providing training and experience in: a.) reading, interpretation and critical evaluation of medical literature; b.) medical informatics and biostatistics; and c.) medical decision making, practice management and outcomes assessment; medico legal issues and medical humanities.
  • Provide training and experience in basic methods for clinical and laboratory research including experimental designs and clinical trials.
  • Complete a project on clinical and/or laboratory research, present the work at a regional or national meeting and write at least one manuscript for submission to a peer reviewed journal before the end of the training period.

Overview of Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program

Required Rotations and Supervisors:

Rotation

Supervisors

Length

1) Adult ID Inpatient and  Consultation Service

Janak Koirala, MD
Vidya Sundareshan, MD
Shingo Chihara, MD
Isha Tyagi, MD

 

1st Year
10 months
(1 mo. Diagnostic Microbiology)
(1 mo. Research)
2nd Year
2 months (2nd year)
(1 mo. Adult ID)
(1 mo. Adult I.D. or Transplant Rotation)

 

2) Adult ID Outpatient and Ambulatory clinics and Travel Medicine Clinics

Janak Koirala, MD
Vidya Sundareshan, MD
Shingo Chihara, MD
Isha Tyagi, MD
Scott Bergman, PharmD

 

1st Year
2 morning clinics per week for 12 months
2nd Year
2 morning clinics for the next 12 months
Travel Clinic: 2nd Year
Every Tuesday afternoon beginning at 2:00 pm

 

3) Sexually Transmitted Diseases Clinic

Janak Koirala, MD
Vidya Sundareshan, MD
Shingo Chihara, MD
Isha Tyagi, MD
Subhash Chaudhary, MD

 

1st and 2nd Year
1 afternoon clinic per week (average) for 24 months

 

4) Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Subhash Chaudhary, MD
Marcela Rodriguez

 

2nd Year
1 Month

 

5) Diagnostic Microbiology

Sanjai Nagendra, MD at Memorial Medical Center

1st Year
1 Month

 

6) Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control - MMC & SJH

Janak Koirala, MD
Vidya Sundareshan, MD
Subhash Chaudhary, MD
Scott Bergman, PharmD

 

1st Year and 2nd Year
Monthly am @ MMC
Quarterly am @ SJH
(1 goes to MMC, the other SJH)

 

7) Public Health - SCDPH

Jim Stone, MPH

2nd year - 1 month - p.m.

 

8) Research

Janak Koirala, MD
Vidya Sundareshan, MD
Shingo Chihara, MD
Isha Tyagi, MD

 

1st Year - 1 month -
 2nd Year- 8 months

Elective Rotations
1) Tropical Medicine
2) Formal course work consisting of 28 hours of didactic and practical training in hospital epidemiology equivalent to courses offered through the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA)

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