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Students who take this elective will enhance their abilities to care for patients with infections or suspected infections. They accomplish this primarily by evaluating patients with infectious diseases at University, VA, and Eskenazi Hospitals. Students see patients at the request of other physicians because of known or suspected infectious diseases problems. They gather data by interviewing and examining the patient, reviewing the medical record, and consulting textbooks, medical literature, and other sources. They synthesize this data into a coherent presentation that culminates in the preparation of a list of the patient�s infectious diseases problems with proposed diagnostic and therapeutic solutions to these problems. Students then oversee the execution of the proposed solutions by visiting the patients on a daily basis and providing ongoing advice to the referring physicians, all under the guidance of an infectious diseases physician. Students also participate in two special didactic sessions each week, directed by an infectious diseases physician, during which they discuss cases after reading pre-assigned selected materials. Students on this rotation may also attend at least one outpatient session during the rotation in a clinic that provides care for patients with HIV infections and sexually transmitted infections; outpatient clinics that students attend will be at University, VA, or Eskenazi Hospital. Each student attends a half-day session in the Bell Flower Clinic, the county�s sexually transmitted diseases clinic. Hospital assignments are arranged by negotiation with other students and the course director on the first day of the elective. Students round an average of six days per week, depending upon the volume and acuity of patients.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Cole B. Beeler, MD (cbeeler@iupui.edu)

Director: Cole B. Beeler, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: IU Health University Hospital, Eskenazi Health Services, and Roudebush VA Medical Center (Indianapolis)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Discuss the management of general infectious diseases, including but not limited to, community acquired pneumonia, urinary tract infections, diabetic foot infections, osteomyelitis, endocarditis, and bacteremia (MK4)

  • 2) Synthesize medical information, gathered from relevant sources, into a coherent description of a patient�s infectious diseases and related medical problems (PBLI1)
  • 3) Formulate and prioritize appropriate differential diagnoses relevant to the patients� infectious diseases medical problems (PC2)
  • 4) Identify infectious diseases problems for patients and offer appropriate solutions for each problem (PC3)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Clinical Observation)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 48

Time Distribution: 85% Clinical; 15% Lecture & Conference

Elective Type Category: AC - Advanced Clinical

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Cole B. Beeler, MD (cbeeler@iupui.edu) Please note: If rotating at the VA, credentialing is required. VA credentialing is a complex and time-sensitive process.

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None