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Elective Title: 02MD701 — INFECTIOUS DISEASE


Students taking this elective will gain experience in the diagnosis and clinical management of patients with infections or suspected infections. The primary mode of learning will be by seeing patients in both a busy tertiary-care community regional hospital and also in the outpatient ID clinic. Elective will be approximately 80% inpatient and 20% outpatient. Students will be functioning as a consultant, performing complete history and physical examination on the initial visit and subsequently following those patients on daily rounds, under the guidance of an infectious disease physician. They will gather available data, consult textbooks and literature as necessary, and prepare a list of infectious disease problems with expanded infectious differential diagnosis. Students will then provide proposed, evidence-based diagnostic and therapeutic solutions for each problem. Rounding in the hospital is multidisciplinary and will also include an infectious disease pharmacist and also pharmacy students. Students will also learn about the techniques and tests performed in the microbiology lab by rounding in the lab. In the outpatient clinic, students will be able to follow-up on hospitalized patients and also be exposed to HIV and Hepatitis C care. Schedule for students will be 7 days on and 7 days off, 12 hour days, to mirror the schedule of the infectious disease physicians. One-on-one faculty interaction and supervision. Two 10-15 minute presentations regarding infectious disease topics relevant to patient care.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Sharon Roberts (robeshar@iupui.edu)

Director: Andre Melendez, M.D.

Campus: Fort Wayne

Location: Parkview Regional Medical Center (IUSM - Fort Wayne)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) See medical chart, and present their findings by oral presentation to the attending physicians (ICS5)
  • 2) Synthesize medical information, consult relevant sources, and develop expanded differential diagnoses for infectious and non-infectious problems (PC2)
  • 3) Under supervision, manage general infectious diseases problems (including pneumonia, cellulitis, urinary tract infections, diabetic foot infections, nosocomial infections, bacteremia) by executing diagnostic plans which include choosing appropriate cultures, serologic tests, and radiographic studies for the indicated problem and providing appropriate therapy by choosing antimicrobial agents and determining when to consult subspecialty services for surgical procedures (MK4)
  • 4) Perform short presentations to infectious disease team regarding basic principles of pharmacology for commonly used antibiotics including mechanism of action, spectrum of activity, side effect profile, adjustment of dosages, and drug-drug interactions (MK4)
  • 5) Round in the microbiology lab with the attending physician and lab staff, observe microbiologic techniques which include personally reviewing gram stains, culture plates, and antimicrobial susceptibility testing (MK2)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form (Students will be observed by faculty in clinical activities, oral/written case presentation, short presentations and discussions of important topics and relevant literature.)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status ; Must have completed Medicine Clerkship

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: <80/wk (7 days on; 7 days off)

Time Distribution: 85% Clinical, 15% Library Research

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Sharon Roberts (robeshar@iupui.edu) THIS ELECTIVE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INITIAL SENIOR MATCH All Fort Wayne electives must go thru the Fort Wayne campus coordinators. For Family Medicine electives contact the Fort Wayne Medical Education Program at 260-422-6573. All others contact Sharon Roberts (robeshar@iupui.edu or 260-481-0224)

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None