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Scholarly activity

Fellows participate in local, regional and national professional activities. The division finances travel to one national conference, either IDSA or ICAAC, annually. Fellows may attend other appropriate professional meetings with approval from the Program Director with funding when monies are available. Fellows participate actively in the annual Louisiana-Mississippi Infectious Diseases Society meeting (LAMIDS) with funding provided by this regional chapter of the IDSA. We encourage Fellows to submit abstracts for presentation at national, regional and local meetings. Faculty members mentor Fellows’ participation in scientific meetings.

Research is an important part of Infectious Diseases fellowship training. The ACGME and ABIM now define scholarly activity as including hypothesis-driven basic science or clinical research. The division provides compiled scientific investigation descriptions suitable for ID Fellow research projects.

Fellows are, with the guidance of faculty mentors, expected to present at scientific sessions and publish either basic science or clinical research papers. Fellows, during their subspecialty training, see many interesting medical problems that inspire both clinical & basic science research projects.

Optional third year of training

The division offers an optional third year of training to ID residents who are interested in and show particular promise with regard to academic careers in infectious diseases. The entire third year of training is dedicated to research with minimal clinical responsibilities. Third-year ID residents continue to participate in the infectious diseases ambulatory clinics one half-day per week to maintain clinical skills. Third-year ID residents may share call with other fellows and faculty.

The third year of fellowship programming for trainees interested in academic careers provides the additional research and academic experience essential for competing successfully for extramural, peer-reviewed grant funding.

Outstanding features

  • Dedicated to teaching excellence, ID faculty accessibility is unsurpassed. Fellows and residents know they can call ID faculty day or night for advice.
  • Excellent balance between trainee education and patient service as well as fellow autonomy and faculty supervision.
  • Superb patient population with diverse medical problems covering a broad spectrum of infectious diseases.
  • Clinically sagacious faculty with eclectic talents and diverse research interests covering a broad spectrum of clinical and basic sciences. Each faculty member participates in research, patient care and teaching at multiple levels. The division has excellent rapport with other clinical and basic science departments.
  • Strong ties with the Mississippi State Department of Health & Centers for Disease Control enhances education in epidemiology, infection control, travel medicine, communicable diseases, disease prevention and control, bioterrorism, etc.
  • Strong ties with academic infectious diseases specialists at national and international levels broaden educational horizons. The division boasts regular visits from nationally recognized experts who enhance the program by sharing their expertise in both infectious diseases and medical education.
  • Excellent opportunity for developing research skills and contributing to medical science advancement. Fellows are mentored through self-developed hypothesis-driven research projects. Fellows present at national or regional infectious diseases conferences and publish their research findings in appropriate peer reviewed journals.
  • Interactive conferences remarkable for educational content and celebrated for interdisciplinary participation.