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Electives - Infectious Disease

Infectious Disease - Salem

Elective Number: 1633 (arranged)

Rotation Supervisors: Dr. Stephanie Nagy-Agren / Dr Shikha Vasudeva

Supervisor Office Phone/Email: Stephanie.Nagy-Agren@va.gov; VA Pager 1883, ext 2039 / Shikha.Vasudeva@va.gov; VA Pager 1420, ext 3843

Designated Signer: Clerkship Director or Attending on Duty

Evaluation should be given to: Dr. Nagy-Agren

Duration: Maximum 4 weeks, Minimum 2 weeks

Available: Rotations 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

A pager is required and will be provided by Medical Service.

Coordinator Office Phone/Email: Linda.Ferguson-Saunders@va.gov ext 2202 / Brenda.Casinger2@va.gov ext 2204

Time to Report: 1:00 pm

Place to Report: Building 143 C1-56; room 1EF-115 or 1EF-116

Typical day: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Attendance: Attendance at elective activities is mandatory.

  • Anyone who is ill or has a personal or family emergency must contact Student Affairs and the Attending on Service.
  • Students are allowed to take off up to 1 day per week to interview between November 1 and February 1.
    • Specific days missed must be approved by the Attending on Service.

Number of students per rotation:

Course Description: The ID clinic elective allows student participation in the evaluation and management of individuals with infections. Students will evaluate and discuss patients with the ID attending and Resident. The Tuesday clinic focuses primarily on individuals with HIV infection. The Thursday and Friday clinics focus on chronic infections such as Hepatitis C, osteomyelitis and MTB. Inpatient consult rounds occur daily. The student will have the opportunity to further his/her understanding of the following areas:

  • the approach of the consultant to clinical infectious diseases problems and differential diagnosis in the outpatient and inpatient settings;
  • the pharmacology and appropriate use of antimicrobials in the clinical setting, as well as, recognition of important drug interactions with antibiotics, and antimicrobial stewardship;
  • a clinician's approach to diagnostic clinical microbiology, including identification and sensitivity testing of microbes

Students attend weekly ID case conferences at Carilion followed by a noon lecture. The student spends one or two mornings in the clinical microbiology laboratory at the VA Medical Center to gain perspective for the laboratory work-up of clinical microbiology specimens. Attendance at other clinical conferences in Internal Medicine will also be possible. Humanistic characteristics are emphasized in the evaluation.