UVM Infectious Disease Fellowship Program

UVM Infectious Disease Fellowship Program

(upbeat inspired music) – Hi I’m Doctor Polly Parsons, I’m the Chair of Medicine here
at the University of Vermont and I want to welcome you to all of our fellowship programs. We have an outstanding opportunity here at the University of Vermont. We work daily with world-class faculty who are internationally recognized for their contributions
to research and education, and have exceptional fellows, residence, and medical students. Education is one of the core missions of our Department in Medicine, and we’re extraordinarily proud
of our fellowship programs and the opportunities that
provides the trainees, both when they’re here in training and as they go on into
their future careers. – We take one fellow in
infectious disease’s per year and it’s a two year program, so we have two fellows in any given time. – [Interviewee] The benefit of
working with our trainees is that we really work one on one to try and understand what’s
the underlying problem with our patients, and how to try and pursue diagnostics and treatment interventions that will help them get better. – You definitely get to know
everyone really really well, and everyone has their
own personal style and, it’s kind of nice because you know there’s a lot of interaction. – [Wallace] We have ample
teaching every month. We have about nine conferences per month and in addition to throughout the year, we have only order of
40 specialized lectures dedicated just to the fellows
to round out their curriculum. – I think one of the unique features about the infectious disease
training program here at UVM is the availability
of the Vaccine Testing Center under the direction of Beth Kirkpatrick. The Vaccine Testing Center
provides the fellows an opportunity for clinical research, and understanding clinical trial design and participating in clinical trials. – [Male Interviewee] There
are a lot of opportunities for research here for the fellows. They can either do in their second year, on more clinically
oriented research project which might be epidemiology or addressing a specific
clinical question, or they can do a more lab-based project, and there are opportunities both in my lab or with Beth Kirkpatrick in
the Vaccine Testing Center. – [Woman Interviewee]
We have all aspects of infectious disease research. All of our attendees they
have ongoing research and then you have opportunity to do vaccine trial with Doctor Pierce, or you can talk with Doctor
Huston about basic signs. If you want to do epidemiology, you can talk to Doctor Huston. – [Interviewee] I think
it’s important for people to recognize that even in our rural state, the fellows get exposed to
a great spectrum of cases and we drew out from
a large catchment area in upper New York State, even into New Hampshire and throughout the State of Vermont. We have a large clinic here for HIV care but we also
have three outreach clinics located throughout the state so that we can serve patients
kind of closer to home and they don’t need to be travelling. Fellows have an opportunity to manage their own cohort of HIV cases. – Our fellows clinics are every Tuesday and when you’re on
service it’s a half day, and when you’re not on service
it’s a whole day of clinic. – We also spend time reviewing the patient referrals to make sure that the fellows can get the broadest variety of patients to see, until that they can
see the entire spectrum of infectious disease. – There’s plenty of staff
to help you with anything so if something comes up in
the outpatient environment, you’ll always have a lot of support, and you have a lot of help, and it just makes your clinic
experience much better. – [Cindy] I received a
really broad education in the practice of infectious diseases. Felt very welcomed by the faculty. – [Porntip] Here this is
such a good community, I feel like I am a part of the family. They are welcome. – [James] Everyone here
is just very helpful. It’s a really collegial atmosphere. – [Mary Beth] The fellows
do have the opportunity to see a wide spectrum of cases, and they’re going to see enough, they’re going to feel confident when they finish their training that they can manage infectious disease.

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