Conferences and clinics

Our fellows attend two regular weekly conference series: a clinical conference - the Tidewater Adult Pediatric Infectious Diseases Conference - and a core lecture, which can include clinical topics and basic science. They also participate in a monthly HIV CME conference. Monthly journal clubs are presented by the fellow.

Fellows have an opportunity to attend the annual Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) meeting. Second-year fellows attend the IDSA Fellows meeting. All fellows attend an Infectious Disease Board Review Course.

Fellows also could have the opportunity to attend one or more of the following:

Fellows can gain additional experience in clinics for HIV-Hepatitis C co-infected patients, pediatric infectious disease, geriatric and long-term care settings and sexually transmitted diseases.

In addition, fellows have the opportunity to write review articles or book chapters for major national publications. Many of our fellows publish case reports, case series and retrospective studies at EVMS. The EVMS-Sentara Healthcare Analytics and Delivery Science Institute (HADSI) offers our fellows training in all aspects of project development, information gathering and statistical analysis.

Research and writing

EVMS Infectious Diseases houses research programs that aim to improve infectious disease prevention and treatment. Specific research focuses include:

  • HIV and AIDS care and treatment
  • HIV co-infection with tuberculosis or hepatitis C
  • transplant infectious diseases
  • hospital epidemiology
  • biofilms and microbial adherence
  • medication adherence in HIV
  • optimal testing in prevention for Clostridum difficle

Our research receives support from a number of sources, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Doris Duke Foundation.

Our Infectious Diseases division and our affiliation with Sentara Norfolk General Hospital give our trainees and faculty an advantage when conducting research. More than 2,000 patients receive care at our immune deficiency care center. Sentara Norfolk General Hospital performs 100 renal transplants, 10-25 heart transplants and 50 new ventricular assist device implantations annually. Fellows and faculty can use these facilities' electronic medical records for retrospective studies.

We encourage collaboration with EVMS Microbiology and Molecular Cell Biology researchers on laboratory-based projects.

In addition, fellows have the opportunity to write review articles or book chapters for major national publications like Medical Clinics of North America and Infectious Disease Clinics of North America.

During the first year of the program, fellows participate in:

  • one month of microbiology
  • five months of inpatient consult service
  • one month of transplant infectious disease at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital

The other four months of the first year are devoted to researcher and quality improvement projects, outpatient continuity care, wound care and infection control.

The second year incorporates:

  • six months of inpatient consultative service at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital
  • four weeks of transplant infectious disease
  • two weeks at the Hampton Veterans Affairs Medical Center on infectious disease service

The other months are dedicated to the completion of research projects, QI projects or electives.

Throughout each year, each resident will develop a continuity clinic, which they attend one day per week. Fellows will manage all aspects of HIV care, office-based infectious disease consultations and hospital follow-ups in patients on IV therapy.