Fellows’ Corner – what are they up to?
Laura Marks, MD, PhD, second year fellow, had a featured case in the New England Journal of Medicine of Glandular Tularemia.A 68-year-old man from Missouri presented to the primary care clinic with a history of 1 week of fever followed by 2 months of progressive, painful swelling on the right side of his neck.Two days prior, his cat died. Serologic testing with IgM antibody was positive for Francisella tularensis (titer, 1:1280). A diagnosis of glandular tularemia was made. Glandular tularemia is the second most common manifestation of tularemia after the ulceroglandular form. Because culture requires biosafety level 3 conditions, diagnosis is often confirmed serologically. Domestic cats can become infected through the consumption of infected prey and can transmit the bacteria to humans. The patient was treated with doxycycline for 4 weeks; the lesions improved within 5 days and resolved within 3 weeks.
CONGRATULATIONS…Katie and Lee Connor celebrate their newest addition, Finn Garrett Connor. He was born on September 28, 2018 at 1:15 am. He was 7lbs 1 oz and 20.3 inches long. Katie is a registered dietition and Lee is an Infectious Diseases Fellow. Baby Finn has one brother, an eight-year-old cat, named Winston.
Second year ID fellow, Matt Hevey, MD, presented a poster on the “Presentation and Outcome of Cryptococcal Infections” at the Mycoses Study Group Education & Research Consortium Biennial meeting “Clinical Mycology Today” in Big Sky, Montana on September 28, 2018.
First and second year fellows receive travel grants to IDWeek 2018
First year fellows, Matthew Hevey, MD and Kap Sum Foon, MD, along with second year fellows, Abdullah Aljorayid, MD, Juan Calix, MD, PhD, Carlos Mejia, MD, and Jane O’Halloran, MD, PhD, and will be attending IDWeek 2018 October 3-7 in San Francisco, CA. Each have submitted abstracts which have been accepted for poster presentations and awarded IDWeek Trainee Travel Grants.
Congratulations, ID fellows!
2018 ID Division Annual Spring Picnic – hosted by second-year fellows
A great time was had by all in attendance at the second year fellows’ picnic. This is an annual occasion when 2nd year fellows plan, organize, bar-b-que and serve up a delicious meal for ID Division faculty and staff. This year’s picnic was located in Tower Grove Park which affords plenty of room to play soccer with adults and the little ones, and to gather in the shade beneath the Turkish Pavilion.
Second year fellows receive travel grants to IDWeek 2017
Carlos Mejia, MD, Jane O’Halloran, MD, PhD, and Krunal Raval, MD will be attending IDWeek 2017 October 4-8 in San Diego, CA. Each have submitted abstracts which have been accepted for presentations.
Carlos’s abstract was accepted for an oral presentation. Jane and Krunal will be presenting posters.
They all have been selected to receive IDWeek Trainee Travel Grants. Congratulations, second year fellows!
Matifadza (Mati) Hlatshwayo, MD presents at Pulmonary Research Day
Mati Hlatshway, MD 2nd year fellow, presented a poster entitled “Risks for COPD in HIV-infected Individuals Using Symptom-Based Scores and Spirometry” at the Pulmonary Research Day on March 9, 2017 hosted by Washington University School of Medicine Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. Pulmonary Research Day is a half-day conference developed to showcase and promote pulmonary and critical care research at Washington University and to foster collaboration, communication, and mentorship between the faculty and trainees from multiple departments and divisions on campus. The conference includes a keynote presentation by alumnus from the training program and shorter talks and a poster sessions to highlight current basic and clinical research activities
Jason P. Burnham, MD, receives Jonathon Freeman Award
Jason P. Burnham, MD, 2nd year fellow, is a 2017 recipient of the Jonathan Freeman Scholarhip.
Jane O’Halloran, MD, 1st year fellow receives CROI
2017 Young Investigator Scholarship Award
Jane O’Halloran, MD, 1st year fellow received a Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) 2017 Young Investigator Scholarship Award. These awards are limited and highly selective. Dr. Halloran will be presenting an abstract titled, “Effect of ART on Monocytes Cholesterol Efflux and HDL function” at the CROI 2017 in Seattle, WA February 13 – 16.
Brett W. Jagger, MD, PhD co-authors manual chapter
Brett W. Jagger, MD, PhD, 2nd year fellow co-authored the chapter “Cellulitis” in The Washington Manual Subspecialty Consult Series, General Internal Medicine Consult, 3rd Edition. Contributing faculty authors include Erik R. Dubberke, MD, Gerome V. Escota, MD, Kevin Hsueh, MD, Steven Y. Liang, MD, Lemuel R. Non, MD, Shadi Parsaei, MD, and Hilary E. L. Reno, MD.
Mati Hlastshwayo, MD, “new beginning”
Mati Hlastshwayo, MD, 2nd year fellow, and her husband, pediatric resident at St. Louis University, Jesse Davis, MD, celebrated the birth of their daughter, Aneni, on November 29, 2016.
2nd year fellows receive Knowlton Award for Excellence
Brett Jagger, MD, PhD and Jason Burnham, MD, 2nd year fellows, each received a Knowlton Incentive Award for Excellence from the Barnes Jewish Foundation on October 17.
The Knowlton Incentive for Excellence Award program recognizes resident physicians who have demonstrated the ability to balance exceptional, compassionate care with a commitment to being leaders in the science of internal medicine. These residents embody the Knowlton Spirit. Since 1985, nearly 160 select physicians have received this prestigious award and have carried the Knowlton Spirit with them throughout their medical careers.
IDWeek 2016 Travel Grants
Congratulations to Jason Burnham, MD, 2nd year fellow in training for receiving an IDWEEK Trainee Travel Grant to help defray the costs of attending the IDSA 2016 Conference. Merilda Blanco Guzman, MD, Lemuel Non, MD, Anupam Pande, MD and Andre Spec, MD, all Instructors in Medicine, also received Travel Grants.
2016 fellows’ annual spring picnic – hosted by second-year fellows
First-year fellow, Jason Burnham, accepted to the MTPCI program
The MTPCI is the postdoctoral Mentored Training Program in Clinical Investigation, which provides multidisciplinary clinical and translational research training to promote the career development of junior faculty and postdoctoral fellows by helping them become clinical and translational researchers. The title of my project that was accepted into this program is “Readmissions for multi-drug resistant infections among patients with prior multi-drug resistant organism infections.” – Jason Burnham, Fellow
Jonathan Freeman Scholarship Award from SHEA Spring 2015
Abigail Carlson, MD, fellow in training, and Mike Durkin, MD (instructor in Medicine now) received the Jonathan Freeman Scholarship Award from SHEA Spring 2015 meeting: Science Guiding Prevention in Orlando, FL. The Jonathan Freeman Scholarship was established by SHEA to promote the training of outstanding infectious disease fellows who demonstrate interest in the field of healthcare epidemiology.
Abigail Carlson, MD, received the Outstanding Citizen Award from Postdoctoral Mentored Training Program in Clinical Investigation (MTPCI). This award is given each year to top Clinical Research Training Center scholars who are identified by the Directors as the most engaged, respectful, and always willing to provide support and constructive feedback to their peers and the program.
Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) 2015
Abby Carlson, MD presented a poster at SHEA 2015 conference titled: “Urine Culturing Practices in a Large Academic Medical Center.”
Jennie Kwon, DO presented a poster at the SHEA 2015 conference titled: “Correlation of Clostridium difficile Enzyme Immunoassay Results with Clinical Signs and Symptoms of Clostridium difficile Infection.”
Cryptococcus Infection Network Cohort Study for non-HIV patients (CINCH) 2015
Andrej Spec, MD, fellow in training, was selected to serve as a Sub-study Steering Committee Member of CINCH 2015, sponsored by the NIH/NIAID.
International Society of Human and Animal Mycology (ISHAM) 2015
Andrej Spec, MD presented a poster, “End Stage Liver Disease is a Strong Predictor of Mortality in Cryptococcosis,” at the 19th ISHAM 2015 Congress in Melbourne Australia.
Jennie Kwon, DO, third-year fellow in training and Cynthia Monaco, MD (instructor in medicine now), received IDWeek 2015 Trainee Travel Grants to help defray the costs of attending the IDSA 2015 Conference.
IDWEEK 2014 program mentee
For Andrej Spec, MD, infectious disease is not only a career, it’s a passion, a chance to solve patient health mysteries and unearth remote but meaningful disease connections. As a fellow, Dr. Spec was paired for IDWeek’s mentorship program with Carol A. Kauffman, MD, a professor at the University of Michigan Medical School and chief of the Infectious Diseases Section at the Veterans Affairs, Ann Arbor Healthcare System.