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Infectious Diseases

LOCATION: Ruby Memorial Hospital - Morgantown, WV
PRECEPTORS: Various faculty within Infectious Disease Department
DURATION: 2 weeks minimum
OFFERED: Continuously
STATUS: Elective


To offer students the opportunity to learn about a variety of clinical infectious disease problems. Emphasis is placed on the consultative evaluation of patients in all areas of the hospital and the clinic. Participation in the Infectious Diseases Clinic is required.

Methods to Achieve Objectives

Students see patients in conjunction with Infectious Disease fellows and residents on the rotation and present all patients to the attending. Daily and complete follow-up of patients is expected. Instruction in basic microbiologic laboratory techniques and their interpretation are offered, e.g., gram stains, proper collection and handling of specimens, reading of plates and routine biochemicals. Didactic interactive sessions on common problems in Infectious Diseases are given two times a week. Daily attending rounds are conducted. Students participate in Infectious Diseases clinics where they examine patients with a variety of problems including HIV infection. Once a week, Microbiology Rounds are held on Friday at 9:30 am. Students have an opportunity to learn microbiolologic aspects.

Examination Procedures and Evaluation Criteria

  1. Daily observation on clinical service by attending physician - history taking, physical examination, ability to make assessments, ability to integrate information.
  2. Review of CD ROM given to each student at the beginning of rotation
  3. Presentation at clinical conference.
  4. Participation in interactive didactic sessions two times a week.
  5. Students will also be evaluated on their communication and interactive skills with patients, their families, and all the attributes of professionalism.

Pre-Rotation Instructions

Contact Donna Vicedvice@hsc.wvu.edu two weeks prior to rotation start date to discuss meetings, time, and place, and to address any questions that you may have. Phone: (304) 293-3306, choose option 3.

Report to Infectious Diseases section in Room 2181 Health Sciences Center North at 8:00 a.m. during weekdays.