The Infectious Diseases rotation provides both inpatient and outpatient experience in the management of acute and chronic Infectious Diseases problems.
The inpatient service provides consultation to the Intensive care unit, emergency, and various medical and surgical services for the diagnosis and management of a variety of infectious disease. All inpatient care provided by the Infectious Diseases Service occurs at London Health Sciences Centre (Victoria Hospital and University Hospital).
Outpatient clinics are held at Victoria Hospital, University Hospital, and St. Joseph’s Hospital. There are no on-call duties for students on the Infectious Diseases Rotation. Pediatric infectious diseases problems are not a component of this rotation.
Learning objectives for students during the rotation include becoming familiar with the microbiologic etiology of infections involving different organ systems of the human body, as well as becoming proficient in understanding the spectrum of activity, potency, and toxicity of the common classes of antimicrobial agents used to treat such infections. Students should understand the role of biochemical and microbiologic tests for the diagnosis and monitoring of a wide variety of common Infectious Diseases problems. A basic understanding of HIV and therapeutic principles will also be emphasized during the block.