PREREQUISITES AND PLACEMENT IN THE CURRICULUM: Students must have completed the M3 Core clerkship in Medicine.

PURPOSE: This senior elective provides the student with a clinical rotation on a consultative Infectious Disease service in concert with two faculty attendings and one or two Internal Medicine housestaff. A wide range of community and nosocomially acquired infections in both immunocompetent and immunocompromised hosts are encountered. The student will also attend a weekly HIV clinic.

COMPETENCIES: Upon completion of the elective the student will be able to:
•  Understand the rational and cost-effective use of antibiotics;
•  Understand the approach to diagnosis and therapy of common infectious disease;
•  Understand the treatment of HIV and its associated opportunistic infections.

INSTRUCTIONAL FEATURES: The student will partake in daily consultative bedside rounds, seeing new consultations as well as follow-up visits on prior consults. The student will receive an extensive set of articles at the beginning of the rotation that can be used as key literature citations for review. In addition, articles relevant to patients currently on the service will be provided by the teaching faculty. The student will participate in infectious disease case presentations, attend bi-weekly infectious disease lectures, as well as bi-weekly microbiology seminars. Students will typically see an average of one new consult per day and follow from 6 to 8 patients on the service. The faculty tailors the focus of discussions and literature reviews to the students academic and residency interests.
ASSESSMENT: Students receive weekly feedback as well as a monthly written assessment.


Program Number: ELEC 617
Location: SFH
Program Director: C.Costas, M.D.
Coordinator:  Catherine Clark  Email:

Telephone: 847-316-3111
Duration: 2-4 Weeks (Only 4 week experiences can serve as Medical Selectives.)
Night Call: No
Weekends: Yes
Students Accepted: Min. 0, Max. 2
Housestaff Used as Faculty: No
Lectures/Conferences/Faculty Contact: 7
Laboratory/Independent Study: 4
Outpatient: 4-6
Inpatient: 5-7
Total Hours /Week: 39

Reporting Instructions: Students should arrive between 8:30 AM and 9:00 AM. Please see Catherine Clark, the Student Coordinator, at the Department of Medical Education, 1st floor Room 1042, at St. Francis Hospital, 355 Ridge Ave. Evanston, IL 60202. The office telephone number is (847) 316-3111.


Updated:  11/3/14
Updated: 10/12/15