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College of Pharmacy

Infectious Diseases Residency (PGY-2)

Based in Columbia, SC, the residency program offers 12-months of clinical training in infectious diseases with an emphasis on research and academia.  Program faculty are noted regional and national experts in clinical infectious diseases with track records of success.  Patient care activities will primarily be at Palmetto Health Richland, a 655 bed university affiliated tertiary care, medical center in the Palmetto Health/USC Medical Group hospital system.  Palmetto Health Richland has a rich history of residency training since 1972.  Primary and elective rotations will include key areas of inpatient and outpatient infectious diseases (e.g. microbiology, HIV/HCV clinic, ID consultation, antimicrobial stewardship, travel medicine).  

Residents will participate in student instruction (both classroom and experiential) and will be designated with a faculty appointment as a clinical instructor at the University of South Carolina.  Service to the profession will be emphasized in the program.  The resident will work closely with the University of South Carolina/ Palmetto Health Infectious Diseases Medical Fellowship Program and will be fully integrated into clinical and presentation schedules.  A certificate of completion will be awarded upon completion of the required program objectives. 

Residency Opportunities

The South Carolina College of Pharmacy offers an optional certificate to residents throughout the state of South Carolina who are interested in enhancing skills needed in an academic environment.  The purpose of the South Carolina College of Pharmacy’s “Academician Preparation Program (APP)” is to prepare pharmacy residents to serve as educators, either in full-time or adjunct faculty positions.  Residents are assigned a full-time faculty member as their mentor for this program.  Many of requirements for this certificate are already present in many residency programs.  Dr. Jean Nappi serves as the program coordinator.  A published report on the success of our program was recently found in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education (Nappi J, 2013), An Academician Preparation Program for Pharmacy Residents

Regardless of the involvement in APP, the resident will be exposed to key areas of academia, with specific attention given during academic/research months.  Residents will participate in the Infectious Diseases elective, clinical research elective and other areas of the curriculum with an ID focus.  

This weekly case conference provides an in-depth discussion of pathogenic mechanisms, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases. One or two specially selected cases seen by faculty or fellows/residents are presented followed by a review of the relevant literature and an extended case discussion. The ID PGY-2 resident is responsible for leading three to four cases per year.

 This monthly case conference includes regional infectious disease clinicians, pediatric infectious disease specialists, microbiology staff and public health officers. The conference often involves extended academic discussions and a review of the relevant literature related to a specific infectious disease case. In addition, the Public Health Department presents any current outbreaks or state epidemiology. This is an opportunity to network with the regional infectious disease community.
This monthly multi-disciplinary meeting discusses challenging HIV and HCV resistance cases and reviews mechanisms of resistance often encountered in advanced disease and the non-adherent patients.  Fellows and residents often open the meeting with a general overview and we dive into deep discussion of interesting cases highlighting the topic of the month.  ID PGY2 residents will present at one genotype meeting.

This monthly meeting is jointly run by faculty and fellows/residents, to review pertinent current literature in infectious diseases. The ID PGY-2 resident is responsible for leading two journal clubs per year.

This weekly didactic series covers the breadth of ID topics expected to be seen on the inpatient consult service, or in ambulatory infectious disease/HIV clinic as well as teaching basic principles of research methods. In addition, the series provides an opportunity to discuss ongoing research projects and review relevant new research as it pertains to infectious disease. The ID PGY-2 resident is required to attend these sessions as a learning opportunity.

This monthly continuing education presentation is delivered by pharmacy faculty/preceptors and residents. Each ID PGY-2 resident is required to present an ACPE-accredited, one-hour program as part of the series.

As an ID PGY2 resident, you will have a full-time appointment as a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy & Outcomes Sciences at the USC College of Pharmacy.  The COP is located 2 miles from the hospital, so when necessary, travel is easy.  Your primary office will be at the hospital.  Residents are often involved in several key courses including Clinical Applications for P1s, Pharmacotherapy for P2 and P3s and of course the Infectious Diseases Elective.  The majority of your contact hours will be in the Spring semester.  Interprofessional education is also a highlight for the University.  You will have the opportunity to participate in instruction at the School of Medicine and the Physician Assistants program, primarily on antimicrobial pharmacology and clinical application to patients.  These opportunities are available regardless of your formal involvement in the Academic Preparation Program described elsewhere.

There are a wide variety of clinical and research conferences offered through the School of Medicine, College of Pharmacy, and Palmetto Health Richland. Residents are encouraged to attend Internal Medicine Noon Conferences and Medical Grand Rounds for appropriate topics.