University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

Curriculum and Conferences

Conferences

Clinical Infectious Disease Case Conference*

The most important educational exercise for the fellows, beyond the vast amount of bedside teaching in the inpatient and outpatient settings, is the weekly ID Case Conference.

Fellows are responsible for organization of this conference, where an unknown case is presented to the attending physicians who then discuss differential diagnosis, diagnostic evaluation, and initial treatment recommendations. Following this discussion, the findings and outcome are presented by the fellow, after which he/she presents an in-depth review of the literature pertaining to the case.

During their two years of clinical fellowship, each trainee will have presented an in-depth literature review of approximately 10 topics.   

Attendees can claim CME, ABIM MOC, and/or ABP MOC credit from Case Conference. 

Didactic Curriculum*

Division members, infection control practitioners, microbiology faculty, and other professional educators provide a one-hour weekly curriculum conference using both lecture and interactive, case-based formats. This curriculum was designed to cover all of the necessary topics to excel in your professional career, as well as topics encountered in a needs assessment created based on faculty/fellow survey and recent board scores.

Rotating Conference (Journal Club, Research Conference)*

Rotating Conferences are held in place of Clinical Infectious Disease Case Conference throughout the year.

Journal Club

Every fellow will present Journal Club once a year. Contemporary articles are discussed and critiqued by trainees and faculty while emphasis is placed on fundamental strategies for hypothesis generation, study design, analytical methodology, as well as practical conclusions. Specific attention is paid to the advantages and disadvantages of various study designs, and to identify potential applications of findings.

Research Conference

Every fellow will present their research findings or current project trajectory if still in progress once a year.  An open discussion among the faculty and other trainees will follow to provide feedback on fellow’s research projects and prepare them for presenting and publishing in the scientific community.

Meetings

Fellowship Development Sessions*

Targeted professional development sessions for the fellows that covers topics that are not necessarily clinically related. These monthly sessions are fellow directed and meant to bolster skills beyond those learned in clinical and research training.  Sessions have included: time management, administrative research team structure, job searching, and more.

Transplant ID

Transplant ID meetings are held weekly and are with the inpatient transplant ID team as well as other faculty and staff that are interested in transplant infectious disease. The meeting will rotate through various activities including journal club, acute cases of interest, research and QI presentations and discussion, and updates on current transplant related topics and protocols. 

UWHC Stewardship Meeting

Stewardship Committee meetings are held weekly where the fellows will gain knowledge of the processes that the committee provides regarding guidance to providers through the entire university system as well as within the VAH. 

Medical Microbiology and Immunology Seminars

Medical Microbiology and Immunology Seminars are held weekly and are advertised to facilitate fellows' attendance and interaction with numerous scientists throughout the UW community.  Talks are typically held at the Microbial Science Building on campus and hosted by our colleagues in the Department of Medical Microbiology & Immunology.

Global Health Seminars

 The Global Health Pathway holds monthly seminars in lecture, discussion, and journal club format on key topics in global health. The series focuses on  health equity, ethics, and systems on the global scale, as well as tropical medicine and the Sustainable Development Goals. These meetings are open to all faculty, staff, and trainees.

Microbiology Rounds

Microbiology Rounds are held weekly for additional education in microbiologic techniques and consist of pathology residents’ presentations on current samples in the laboratory.

Infection Control Committee Meeting

These large committee meetings are held monthly at UW Health as well as at the VA Hospital.  Weekly small group meetings are held regarding more specific topics.

ID Board Reviews

Fellow led board reviews happen weekly with guest speakers invited to cover special topics through out the year.  

Other Learning & Training

All first year fellows take the SHEA Primer on Healthcare Epidemiology, Infection Control & Antimicrobial Stewardship certification which is paid for by the program.

Dr. Aurora Pop-Vicas leads the fellowship in QI curriculum that is supported with the Department of Medicine.

Dr. Michael Kessler leads the fellowship in a new telehealth curriculum that is being established in the Division of Infectious Disease.

*Required by Fellows