Fellowship | Infectious Diseases
Paras Patel, MD
The fellowship training program in the Division of Infectious, Inflammatory and Immunologic Diseases at the James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University is committed to excellence in teaching, clinical care, and research. This training program is an ACGME accredited, two-year program offering broad clinical and research opportunities for training under the supervision of a strong and dedicated faculty. Teaching is a major priority for our division faculty and we are involved in the education of medical students at all levels, housestaff, other faculty members, and fellows in training
Fellows receive ample training in a diverse array of both inpatient and outpatient clinical infectious diseases issues. The fellowship program involves experience at the Johnson City Medical Center , a 410 bed, not-for-profit, comprehensive acute-care teaching hospital, and the historic James H. Quillen Veterans Affairs Medical Center at Mountain Home. Outpatient work occurs in Infectious Diseases clinics at the VA hospital and our faculty practice office. In these settings, fellows work closely with faculty and often with residents and students.
Fellows on the clinical consultation service coordinate the evaluation of new patients and follow the progress of established cases. Faculty members are assigned to the clinical services and meet with the fellow and other team members at least five afternoons a week to discuss aspects of clinical care, to review microbiologic data, and to provide teaching on a variety of relevant subjects. These include pulmonary, orthopedic, intra-abdominal, and surgery-related infections, as well as infections in immunocompromised hosts including transplantation patients and patients with malignancy. Consultative services are also provided for a modest number of HIV-infected individuals. East Tennessee State University is designated as an HIV/AIDS Center of Excellence for the care of HIV patients.
Training in clinical microbiology at the College of Medicine and VA laboratories is also incorporated into our program. Experience in hospital epidemiology and infection control is obtained via both Johnson City Medical Center and the VA Medical Center Infection Control programs.
Division faculty members are present at each of our main teaching hospitals and these members have a broad range of research interests in molecular pathogenesis, epidemiology, and clinical studies, with presentations in all of these areas at national meetings. We strongly encourage candidates to devote a minimum of six months time for research activities during the two year training program. Candidates can select from a variety of clinical and/or basic research opportunities, including studies of regional infections (blastomycosis, Strongyloides), research on the pathogenesis of hepatitis C infection, and projects involving the molecular epidemiology and treatment of resistant organisms and HIV. Research projects are conducted under the guidance of a division faculty member and fellows are expected to present their completed work at regional or national meetings. The eventual publication of the completed research work is strongly encouraged.
Division fellows participate in Infectious Diseases continuing education conferences
that include a weekly clinical conference, a monthly journal club, as well as periodic
divisional and departmental basic science and research conferences. The division does
provide support for fellows to attend major national Infectious Diseases conferences.
To view a list of all current fellows: click here
Applications will be accepted through ERAS for fellows starting in July.
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