Formal education is an important part of the Infectious Diseases Fellowship program. Such education includes faculty-led and participatory conferences, seminars, and a variety of courses.
All postdoctoral fellows are required to participate in two courses when they arrive in July: "Introduction to Clinical Research Methods" and "Responsible Conduct of Research." The courses are sponsored by the General Clinical Research Center (GCRC) under the direction of Dr. David Weber (epidemiology, medicine, pediatrics) and the UNC Institutional Review Board (IRB).
Led by faculty drawn from all of the health sciences schools, "Introduction to Clinical Research Methods" consists of five three-and-a-half hour lectures and seminars. In the course, students will become acquainted with basic concepts in research, including study design (case-control, cohort, randomized clinical trials), use of diagnostic tests, basic statistics, advanced concepts (meta-analysis, questionnaire design, bias, and confounding), accessing UNC databases, applying for an NIH grant, hypothesis testing, and designing a research question. Study materials include reprints of a series of relevant articles and the textbook Designing Clinical Research, 2nd Edition (Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins, 2001).
"Responsible Conduct of Research" is designed to meet and exceed all NIH requirements for teaching scientific ethics and covers the following topics: maintaining data properly, fraud and plagiarism, ethical use of humans and animals in research, monitoring clinical trials, RAC requirements, proper protocol for using biological/chemical agents that could be used for terrorism, handling complaints of misconduct, conflicts of interest, protecting patenting rights, and conducting HIPAA-compliant research. Students will watch a film on the Tuskegee experiment in conjunction with a discussion of the history and evolution of ethical principles, learn about the IRB process, the use of normal research subjects, prisoners as research subjects and children as research subjects, data and safety monitoring in clinical trials, and community based research.
New trainees are also required to attend instruction sessions led by the chairpersons of the University's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and IRB. Federal guidelines and the obligations of investigators are reviewed in detail. All trainees must pass the tests required for NIH-supported research, and these results are kept on file in the UNC Office of Sponsored Research.
Department of Medicine
- Clinical Pathology Conference and Grand Rounds (Thursdays, 12:00 p.m.).
- Case Management Conference (Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m.). The Case Management Conference is a structured discussion of cases seen by the consult service and on the ID ward and is presented as an ‘unknown’ that is discussed first by a fellow, then by a faculty member. The conference is attended by all the clinicians in the ID division.
- Infectious Diseases Conference (Fridays, 8:30 a.m.). The Center for Infectious Diseases holds a weekly conference for the entire community. This conference has become an important interdisciplinary venue and a place to host international visitors. It is attended by center members from many departments and disciplines.
- Core Curriculum for ID Fellows Conference (Fridays, 9:30 a.m.)
- Infectious Disease Boot Camp (Two weeks in July/August): This is an intensive set of didactic sessions on all aspects of infectious diseases and is designed to orient new fellows to the hospital, the evaluation system, ID fellowship requirements, and key topics in infectious diseases.
- Monthly journal club for ID fellows and faculty