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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 Prisma Health Richland, a 655-bed university affiliated tertiary care, medical center in the Prisma Health/USC Medical Group hospital system.  Prisma 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, global health).  

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 Prisma Health Midlands/University of South Carolina School of Medicine – Columbia 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 University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy recognizes that regardless of their career path, pharmacists are relied upon to effectively impart their knowledge, skills, and expertise to others.  The Clinical Teaching Certificate (CTC) Program is a structured educational program to enhance teaching and precepting skills, allowing pharmacists to become confident and motivational educators in both academic and clinical pharmacy settings.  Each participant benefits from the guidance and supervision of an experienced educator who provides mentorship and facilitates engagement with the College of Pharmacy. Through development workshops, hands-on learning activities, and opportunities to create, implement, and evaluate educational experiences within academic and clinical practice environments, the CTC produces skilled life-long pharmacy educators. 

Objectives:

Upon the completion of this program, the participant will be able to:

  1. Develop, deliver, and assess teaching activities in a variety of instructional settings, including didactic lectures, clinical teaching/precepting, and small or large group facilitation.
  2. Employ effective teaching techniques based on the principles of learning.
  3. Assess learner performance in an effective, objective, equitable, and constructive manner.
  4. Incorporate self-assessment, peer assessment, mentor evaluation, and learner feedback to improve personal teaching performance.
  5. Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to provide effective learner-centered education as a preceptor, mentor, colleague, or faculty member.

Regardless of the involvement in CTC, 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. 

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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.

Research is an integral part of our residency experience.  Resources supported by the College of Pharmacy and Clinical Trials Division at Prisma Health offer a wonderful backdrop to excel in clinical and outcomes research.  Project ideas will include opportunities in stewardship focused outcomes, “big data” using VA or Medicaid databases, PK/PD of antimicrobials and/or persons living with HIV.  Project ideas are typically provided 1 to 2 weeks prior to arrival.  A formal residency research series is available to help guide the resident through all aspects of protocol development, data management and analysis, abstract submission and peer reviewed manuscript writing.  The research network, SERGE-45, co-directed by residency program director Brandon Bookstaver is also available to use as a research platform.

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 Clinical Teaching Certificate (CTC) Program described elsewhere.

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


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