Medical Student Elective
Fourth-year Medical Student Elective on the Infectious Disease Consult Service
The elective provides training in the recognition and management of general infectious diseases, particularly in hospitalized patients with infections. The infectious diseases consult team consists of one faculty member, two postdoctoral fellows, a infectious diseases pharmD, residents, and students. The elective is offered monthly, with the exception of July and August.
- Elective duration: One month
- Learning Objectives: To develop an approach to the patient with fever, to recognize common infectious diseases, to learn to interpret and use laboratory information appropriately, to understand the principles of antibiotic selection.
- Learning Opportunities: Under the supervision of one of our fellows, the student performs the initial evaluation of the inpatient consultation and follows the patient daily, writing chart notes to maintain communication between the consultation service and the patient's primary physician. Consultation rounds are made five days a week with the consultation attending and the fellows. Two conferences a week are held by the division, and attendance by the students is strongly encouraged.