Undergraduate Electives/Selectives

The Division of Infectious Diseases is pleased to offer 2-week and 4-week electives to 3rd and 4th year medical students at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, and to visiting medical students from other Canadian Centres. The objective of this rotation is to introduce medical students to the vast array of infectious diseases cases typically encountered in a tertiary care teaching hospital. The educational focus of the rotation will be on the acquisition of the knowledge and skills invovled in the assessment and management of common commonly encountered infectious diseases or their non-infectious disease mimics.

Members of The Division of Infectious Diseases provides comprehensive clinical consultative services to a wide variety of adult patient populations at London's academic hospitals. These services are organized as separate programs at each hospital site, and are delivered by a team comprised of an Infectious Diseases consultant, Infectious Diseases fellow(s), internal medicine resident(s), other residents, medical students, and pharmacists.

By the end of the rotation, the medical student will:

  1. Develop their history taking, physical examination, and clinical reasoning skills during their assessment of patients with a suspected infectious disease.
  2. Become familarl with the microbiology and clinical management of common infectious diseases conditions, including
    1. HIV and related opportunistic infections, including a basic understanding of therapeutic principle
    2. Cellulitis/Skin and Skin Structure Infecitons
    3. Osteomyelitis/Septic arthritis
    4. Urinary tract infection
    5. Intraabdominal/Gastrointestinal infections
    6. Gynaecologic infections
    7. Respiratory tract infections
    8. Head and neck infections
    9. Fever of Unknown Origin 
    10. Infections caused by antimicrobial-resistant organisms (AROs).
    11. Cardiovascular Infections
    12. Central Nervous System Infections
  3. Understand the mechanism of action and appropriate utilization of commonly prescribed antimicrobial agents in the inpatient setting.

A typical rotation schedule for a 4-week selective/selective is shown below:


During each week of a 2-week elective/selective and the first 2 weeks of a 4-week elective/selective, the student will complete several ID modules and three quizzes (for learning purposes only), as follows:

  1. ID Module 1: Textbook chapters
  2. ID Module 2: Review article
  3. ID Module 3: Textbook chapters
  4. ID Module 4: Review article
  5. ID Module 5: Textbook chapters
  6. ID Module 6: Review article
  7. Quiz 1 (Week 1)
  8. Quiz 2 (Week 2)

For students completing a 4-week elective, two simulation sessions will be offered, along with a simulation quiz (for learning purposes only). There are other educational sessions as highlighted in the schedule above.

The inpatient service provides consultation to the Intensive care unit, emergency, and various medical and surgical services. Outpatient clinics are held at Victoria Hospital, University Hospital, and St. Joseph’s Hospital. Although the selective/selective rotation is dedicated to the care of inpatients, students may participate in a maximum of one half-day clinic per week, subject to approval by the Program.

There are no on-call duties for students on the Infectious Diseases Rotation, other than one weekend of home call.