Program Coordinator: Giorgio Tarchini, MD

Duration: 4 weeks
Availability: Year round
No. of Students: 1
Time: Full time


Completion of core clerkship in medicine.


To familiarize students with the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of patients with both common and unusual infectious diseases.


Students make hospital rounds with the attending staff and evaluate and examine patients with a variety of infectious diseases. The student is assigned to patients with representative infectious disease processes to fully assess, thus giving them the opportunity to integrate microbiology, pharmacology with clinical presentation. The student is expected to read about the medical conditions encountered and is required to choose a case to present at the end of the rotation with updated evidence based recommendations for diagnosis and management to the Internal Medicine team.

The student will also rotate through the outpatient Infectious Disease and Travel Medicine Clinic in order to gain additional experience in the management of outpatient antimicrobial therapies and further insight into the management of other common diseases such as sexually transmitted disorders, HIV medicine in adults and others. In addition, the student will learn about the prevention and immunizations for travel abroad and to exotic places.

The student will have the opportunity to spend half day at the Microbiology laboratory assisting with microbiological data collection and analysis.

The student will be expected to attend all mandatory teaching rounds with Internal Medicine residents such as Clinical Conferences, Grand Rounds, CPC, M&M and departmental conferences or presentations. The student will have the option to participate in Infection Control rounds and/or Committee meetings. The student is expected to attend daily Antibiotic Team Rounds where (s)he will become familiar with commonly used antimicrobial agents, their indications, pharmacology, pharmocokinetics and side effects.

The student is supervised directly and evaluated by the ID staff/attending. No night call is required.


Evaluations are performed by the staff physicians to whom the student is assigned and the student evaluates the program. A report is given to the dean and phase coordinator upon request.