Training & Education
The mission of the Division of Infectious Diseases is to:
- Advance the development of therapies to improve health through clinical and translational research in infectious diseases
- Promote excellence in the education of medical students, house officers and clinical fellows
- Deliver compassionate, evidence-based, state-of-the-art care to the large, diverse, multicultural community of Southern California served by Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center and Keck Hospital of USC and health consultation centers
The unique strengths of this program include:
- Antibiotic stewardship
- Inpatient and outpatient infectious disease (e.g., HIV/AIDS)
- Coinfection hepatitis C
- Infections in immunocompromised hosts
- Infection control/prevention
The Infectious Diseases Core Lectures (Mondays, 8-9 a.m.) are a vital component of the didactic portion of the infectious diseases curriculum and provide a comprehensive overview of virtually all important infectious diseases topics over a two-year cycle. Lectures are usually given by infectious diseases faculty, but each fellow is expected to give one to two lectures annually.
The Infectious Diseases Case Conference (Wednesdays, 8:30-9:30 a.m.) features two case presentations, usually one from the Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center Consult Service and one from Keck Hospital of USC or USC Norris Cancer Hospital; one case per month is selected from the Pediatric ID Service. Fellows unfamiliar with the cases discuss diagnostic and therapeutic issues. Faculty then provide additional insights into the case, followed by a five-minute didactic presentation by one of the fellows that highlights important or unique aspects of the cases presented. This lively conference is usually attended by 30-40 participants, including faculty, trainees, Rand Schrader Clinic providers and community infectious diseases practitioners.
Infectious Diseases Grand Rounds (second Friday of each month) features guest speakers selected and hosted by the USC ID faculty, including visiting faculty of local and national stature in their respective areas of expertise.
The Clinicopathologic Conference (fourth Friday of each month) is a multidisciplinary conference that includes faculty from other specialties who discuss diagnostic elements and review pathologic slides, microbiologic specimens, radiographic imaging, retinal photographs and/or their specialty’s contribution to the patient care of the case presented.
For Infectious Diseases Journal Club (monthly), two articles are selected by an infectious diseases faculty facilitator. One fellow is assigned as the primary presenter/discussant for each article, presenting a critical analysis of study hypotheses, study design, statistical methods, results and appropriateness of the authors’ conclusions, and applicability of the results to patient care.
The Combined Pulmonary-Infectious Diseases Teaching Conference (third Tuesday, 8:30-9:30 a.m.) consists of case presentations of two unknowns, one selected by ID and the other by Pulmonary. Faculty, fellows, residents and students from both divisions attend the conference and participate in the discussion of instructive cases. A short review of the relevant literature follows each presentation.
Intercity Infectious Diseases Rounds is a long-standing two-hour monthly meeting of academic ID specialists, trainees and allied health professionals that rotates among the participant hospitals (USC, Harbor UCLA, Harbor City Kaiser, St. Mary’s Medical Center, Long Beach VA and Torrance Memorial Hospital). Four to five cases are presented as unknowns and discussed by faculty selected at the conference by the facilitator from the hosting institution. At the end of each case presentation, a fellow from the sponsoring facility gives a didactic slide overview of salient features of the case.
Combined Adult-Pediatric Infectious Diseases Research Conference is a monthly clinical research conference (coordinated by Dr. Dubé) on topics of current clinical and translational research of adult and pediatric ID faculty, other USC faculty (e.g., from the School of Pharmacy, Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology) and clinical fellows of USC and CHLA; occasionally, guest experts from affiliated institutions (e.g., City of Hope) give seminars. The conference is interactive and participants discuss study design, statistical approaches and analytical methods.