Clinical Infectious Disease in the Transplant and Cancer Patient

Sites: DFCI, BWH
Director(s): Erik Alexander
Prerequisites: HMS Principal Clinical Experience (Core Clinical Clerkships) or equivalent
Offered: Full time for one month,
Location: MULTI - Multi-site (J)
Open to Exclerks: US/Canadian
Description: This course will provide students an opportunity to explore in depth the work-up and management of infections in immunocompromised hosts. Specifically, patients seen on this rotation will be primarily oncology patients and patients having undergone bone marrow or solid organ (heart, lung or kidney) transplantation. On a daily basis, students will be asked to evaluate new patients in consultation as well as follow-up on previously seen patients. The differential diagnosis and management will be discussed with the attending physician and a fellow on rounds. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in outpatient infectious disease consultations. In addition, students will be expected to attend weekly conferences and microbiology laboratory teaching sessions. This course will emphasize the differential diagnosis and principles of antimicrobial therapy specific to this patient-population. Students will be asked to make a formal presentation showing in depth understanding of a topic of interest to them within the field.
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
As appropriate, literature will be included in the daily management of patients
Grade Criteria:
Honors with Distinction: Outstanding Performance Honors: Excellent Performance Satisfactory: Adequate Performance Unsatisfactory: Inadequate Performance