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Dr. Bennett Lorber, Chief of Section of Infectious Diseases Dr. Thomas Fekete in the laboratory Section of Infectious Diseases faculty and residents

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Fellowship Program


Structure of the Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program

Application Process

Previous Infectious Diseases Fellows:  Where are They Now?

Research Activities of Fellows, 2002 to 2009

About Philadelphia

House Staff Stipend Scale

House Staff Benefits

 

Structure of the Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program

 


First year

  • 6 months of Temple inpatient consult service
  • 1 month of St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
  • 1 month of Transplant Infectious Diseases
  • 2 weeks of Microbiology
  • 3.5 months of research, conferences and outpatient clinics

Second year

  • 4 months of Temple inpatient consult service
  • 1 month of Fox Chase Cancer Center and Jeanes BMT
  • 2 weeks of Transplant Infectious Diseases
  • 1 month of TB clinic at the City Health District (2 afternoons/wk)
  • 6 months of research, conferences and outpatient clinics

Clinics

  • ½ day HIV continuity clinic for all fellows (Thursday am) - Drs. Bettiker and Samuel
  • 2 half-day travel clinics covered by off service fellows (Wednesday and Friday am) - Dr. Suh
  • 2 half-day infectious diseases clinics covered by off service fellows (Wednesday and Thursday pm) all faculty

Conferences

 

Summer series by faculty covering basic ID principles - Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday @ noon

 

Monday 8:30 am - 9:30 am Antibiotic lecture by senior fellow

Tuesday 8:00 am - 8:30 am Board review by Dr. Samuel
  8:30 am - 9:30 am Follow-up rounds or student presentations

Wednesday 8:00 am - 8:30 am

Dr. Lorber (interesting topics) or

Dr. Samuel (HIV)

  8:30 am - 9:30 am Student presentations
  11:30 am - 12:30 pm Dr. Carl Norden (cases)

Thursday 8:30 am - 9:30 am Antibiotic lecture by senior fellow
  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Journal club, research lecture or infection control

Friday 8:30 am - 9:30 am Management conference

 

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Application Process

 


We are accepting applications through ERAS. We are looking for 3 fellows for the year 2012 (current cycle). We require the ERAS common application form, CV, departmental letter and 2 other letters. We ask for a personal statement as well. We accept international graduates with either a J-1 or H-1 visa. The deadline for submission to ERAS is January 31, 2011. Interviews will be conducted on Tuesdays and Fridays from February-May, 2011.

 

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Previous Infectious Diseases Fellows:  Where Are They Now?

 

Jihoon Baang, MD: Temple University School of Medicine
Edward Blanchard, MD: Reading Hospital, Reading, PA
Jason Bofinger, MD: Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia
Bart Bono, MD: Bryn Mawr Hospital, Bryn Mawr
Heather Clauss, MD: Section of Infectious Diseases, Temple University
Jonathan Cohen, MD: Private Practice, Sellersville/North Penn, PA
Julie Collins, MD: Private Practice, New Jersey
Pola de la Torre, MD: Cooper Hospital, UMDNJ
Manish Doshi, MD: Private Practice, New Jersey
Carolyn Fernandes, MD: UPMC, Pittsburgh
Matt Grant, MD: Yale-New Haven Medical Center, New Haven
Aaron Kosmin, MD: Albert Einstein Hospital, Philadelphia
Brett Laurence, MD: Private Practice, Sacramento
Todd Levin, DO: Garden State Infectious Diseases, UMDNJ School of Osteopathic Medicine
Greg Mayro, MD: Penn Presbyterian Hospital, Philadelphia
Daniel Monkowski, MD: Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, PA
Heather Nace, MD: University of Maryland, Baltimore
Angela Oates, MD: Private Practice, New Jersey
Say Tat Ooi, MD: Center for Disease Control, Singapore
Brandon Palermo, MD: Merck, Blue Bell
Jaclyn Rosenzweig, MD: Abington Hospital, Abington, PA
Sofia Sherman-Weber, DO: Crozer-Chester Medical Center
Geetika Sood, MD: Johns Hopkins Bayview, Baltimore, MD
Ellen Turner, MD: Private Practice, South Jersey

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Research Activities of Fellows, 2002 to 2009

 

Sofia Sherman-Weber (July 2002 - June 2004)

 

Sherman-Weber S, Axelrod P, Suh B, Rubin S, Beltramo D, Manacchio J, Furukawa S, Weber T, Eisen H, and Samuel R. Infective Endocarditis Following Orthotopic Heart Transplantation: ten cases and a review of the literature. Transplant Infectious Disease. 2004;6:165-70

 

Sherman-Weber S, Axelrod P, and Samuel R. Infective Endocarditis Following
Orthotopic Heart Transplantation: ten cases. The yearly national meeting of the infectious diseases society of America, (IDSA), Boston, September 2004

 


 

Todd Levin (July 2002-June 2004)

 

Levin T, Klibanov O, Axelrod P, van den Berg-Wolf M, Finley G, Gray A, Holdsworth
C, Moyer D, Tedaldi E, Samuel R. A Prospective Randomized Trial of Educational Materials, Pill Boxes, and Mailings to Improve Adherence with Antiretroviral Therapy in an Inner City HIV Clinic. Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management. 2006; 13:217-21

 

Levin T, Suh B, Beltramo D, Samuel R. Aspergillus mediastinitis following
orthotopic heart transplantation: case report and review of the literature. Transplant Infectious Disease. 2004:6;129-131

 

Levin TP, Baty DE, Fekete T, Truant AL, Suh B. Cladophialophora bantiana brain abscess in a solid organ transplant recipient: case report and review of the literature. J Clin Microbiol. 2004; 42:4374-8.

 

Levin TP, Suh B, Axelrod P, Truant AL, Fekete T. Potential clindamycin resistance in clindamycin-susceptible, erythromycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus: report of a clinical failure. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2005; 49:1222-4.

 


 

 

Daniel Monkowski (July 2003-June 2005)

 

Monkowski DH, Axelrod P, Fekete T, Samuel R. Infections associated with ventricular assist devices: epidemiology and effect on prognosis after heart transplantation. Transplant Infectious Disease 2007; 9:114-120

 


 

Say Tat Ooi (July 2003-June 2005)

 

S. T. Ooi and T. Fekete. Causes of and clinical sequelae of delays in reporting species identification of mycobacteria other than Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Mycobacterium avium complex. Diag. Microbiol. Infect. Dis. 55; 2006:69-73

 

S. T. Ooi and B. Lorber. Gastroenteritis due to Listeria monocytogenes.

 


 

Aaron Kosmin (July 2004-June 2006)

 

Kosmin AR, Fekete T. Use of fungal blood cultures in an academic medical center. Focus on Fungal Infections, San Diego, California, 2007

 

Kosmin AR, Lorber B. Specific tests in the diagnosis of fever of unknown origin. In Fever of Unknown Origin. Cunha B (ed). Informa Healthcare, New York. 2007. pp. 159-207.

 

Kosmin A, Fekete T. The use of fungal blood cultures in an academic medical center. J Clin Microbiol. 2008;46:3800-1. [PMID:18799698]

 


 

Jonathan Cohen (July 2004-June 2006)

 

My experience in residency made me very interested in working on HIV projects here at Temple. I worked with Dr. Samuel and had a chance to investigate barriers to care in an urban HIV clinic. I wanted to see if there was a difference in patients in care and those who keep being admitted to our hospital and are not in care. I developed the protocol and went through the IRB process which was quite informative. I had a chance to present this at a general internal medicine meeting.

 

Singh S, Cohen J, Axelrod P and Samuel R. Barriers to HIV care in an inner city
Hospital. The yearly conference of General Internal Medicine. San Diego, 2007

 


 

 

Gregory Mayro (July 2005-June 2007)

 

During my fellowship, I had a chance to work with different faculty in the section on a couple of projects. I was really interested in community acquired pneumonia and the pressure on the ED department about initiating antibiotics. So we looked at the outcome of patients who received them. I also had a chance to work with Drs Lorber and Samuel on a text book chapter in neurotrauma.

 

Mayro G, Axelrod P, Fekete T. Early ceftriaxone combined with azithromycin: indicator for community acquired pneumonia? Infect Dis Clin Practice, 2009; 17:90-94.

 

Mayro G, Samuel R, Lorber B. Infection. P. 355-369. In: Brain Trauma and Critical Care. Eds Jallo and Loftus. 2009 New York, NY. Thieme Publishers.

 

Mayro G, Fekete T. Early ceftriaxone and azithromycin: a marker for community acquired pneumonia? Infectious Diseases Society of America, San Diego, California, 2007.

 


 

 

Brandon Palermo (July 2005-June 2007)

 

I have always had an interest in public health and in HIV medicine. I really enjoyed working on many different projects while here at Temple. I worked with Dr. Samuel on multiple HIV projects, Dr. Bettiker on an HIV prevelance study and had the opportunity to write a chapter with Dr. Fekete in the Clinical Infectious Disease textbook. I had multiple presentations and publications as a result.

 

Blanchard E, Klibanov O, Axelrod P, Palermo B, Samuel R. Virologic success in an urban HIV clinic: outcome in 12 months in patients who were HAART naive. HIV Clin Trials, 2008; 9:186-191.

 

Palermo B, Fekete T. Epididymitis and orchitis. In Clinical Infectious Diseases. Schlossberg D (ed). Cambridge University Press 2008.

 

Blanchard E, Klibanov O, Axelrod P, Palermo B, Samuel R. Virologic success in an urban HIV clinic: outcome in 12 months in patients who were HAART naive (poster), IDSA, San Diego, October 2007

 

Heather Clauss, Julie Collins, Shaden Eldakar-Hein, Brandon Palermo, Nina Gentile, Sunil Adige, William Pace, Chad Duffalo, Jose Menajovsky, and Robert Bettiker, “Characteristics and Demographics of Undiagnosed HIV in an Urban Emergency Room,” Poster Abstract 1041, Conference on Retrovirus and Opportunistic Infections, Montreal, 11 February 2009

 

Palermo B, Blanchard E, Klibanov O, and Samuel R. Baseline antiretroviral resistance in HAART naïve patients entering care in an inner city clinic from 2004-2006. The yearly national meeting of the infectious diseases society of America, (IDSA), San Diego, October, 2007

 

Palermo B, Truant AL, Suh B. Hyperferritinemia and high serum lactic dehydrogenase (LDH) associated with disseminated histoplasmosis in a patient with AIDS. Focus on Fungal Infections – 17. 2007, P-0043 (p235).

 


 

 

Heather Clauss (July 2006-June 2008)

 

During my fellowship, I was able to work on several enjoyable projects with different members of our faculty. I presented a poster at the Focus on Fungal Infections Conference in San Diego during my first year. During my second year, with the support of Dr. Lorber, I wrote a review of central nervous system infections with Listeria monocytogenes. Also during my second year I received a Virology Fellows grant from Bristol Myers Squibb to study the epidemiology of HIV in Temple’s Emergency Department with the help of Dr. Bettiker. We coordinated 7 Internal Medicine residents to gather data on over 2000 patients in the ED during that year. The publication is currently underway.

 

Clauss, H., Bettiker R, Samuel, R. Simultaneous fungal infections in a heart transplant recipient. Poster presented at Focus on Fungal Infections Conference, San Diego, March 2007.

 

Menajovsky, J., Clauss, H., Huang, T., Truant, A. Samuel, R. Disseminated Coccidioidomycosis in a 20 year old African American man. Poster presented at Focus on Fungal Infections Conference, San Antonio, March, 2008.

 

Clauss HE, Lorber B. CNS infections with Listeria monocytogenes. Curr Infect Dis Rep. 10 (4) July, 2008

 

Clauss, H., Samuel, R. Simultaneous mould infections in an orthotopic heart transplant recipient. Transplant Infectious Disease Oct. 2008; 10(5).

 

Heather Clauss, M.D., Julie Collins, M.D., Shaden Eldakar-Hein, M.D., Brandon Palermo, M.D./M.P.H., Nina Gentile, M.D. Sunil Adige, William Pace, M.D., Chad Duffalo, M.D., Jose Menajovsky, M.D., and Robert Bettiker, M.D./M.G.A.; "Demographics and Characteristics of Undiagnosed HIV in an Urban Emergency Department," Abstract W-176, Conference on Retrovirus and Opportunistic Infections, Montreal, Canada, February 7-11, 2009

 


 

Jason Bofinger (July 2006-June 2008)

 

I felt that Temple’s Section of Infectious Diseases offered great support of the fellows’ publications and research. I wrote a case report of bacterial peritonitis caused by Kingella kingae with Dr. Samuel and Dr. Fekete during my first year of fellowship. During my second year, the publication Hospital Physician invited us to write a review of the initiation of HAART in treatment-naïve HIV positive patients. I also had the opportunity to work with Dr. David Schlossberg on a manuscript entitled Tuberculosis FUO. These experiences were meaningful and worthwhile and helped further my education in Infectious Diseases.

 

Bofinger JJ, Fekete T, Samuel R. Bacterial peritonitis caused by Kingella kingae. J Clin Microbiol. 2007;45:3118-20. [PMID: 17634309]

 

J.J. Bofinger, R.L. Bettiker, R. Samuel, “Initiating Combination Antiretroviral Therapy in Treatment-Naïve Patients with HIV,” Hospital Physician, Vol 10, Part 5, December 2007.

 

J.J. Bofinger and D., Schlossberg, “Fever of unknown origin caused by tuberculosis.” Infect. Dis. Clin N. Am. 2007:947-962.

 


 

 

Edward Blanchard (July 2007-June 2009)

 

I had many opportunities to do research during my ID fellowship at Temple. I worked with Dr. Samuel on several interesting projects including a retrospective look at virologic success in our HIV clinic. I was able to present this data in poster format at IDSA in San Diego. The data was also published in the journal HIV Clinical Trials. Additionally, I wrote a chapter on antimicrobials for a Critical Care Study Guide. My most current work is in the clinical uses of intravenous immune globulin with Dr. Samuel and Dr. Suh.

 

Blanchard E, Klibanov O, Axelrod P, Palermo B, Samuel R. Virologic success in an urban HIV clinic: outcome in 12 months in patients who were HAART naive (poster), IDSA, San Diego, October 2007.

 

Blanchard E, Klibanov O, Axelrod P, Palermo B, Samuel R. Virologic success in an urban HIV clinic: outcome in 12 months in patients who were HAART naive. HIV Clin Trials, 2008; 9:186-191.

 

Marino E, Blanchard E, Samuel R and Gallagher J. Acute interstitial nephritis associated with linezolid. Ann Pharmacotherapy. 2009; 43

 

Blanchard E, Samuel R, and Chatilla W. Antimicrobials. In: Critical Care Study Guide. Ed. Criner. In press

 

Baang J, Blanchard E, Samuel R and Suh B. The clinical uses of intravenous immune
globulin. Clinical Pharmacology. In progress.

 


 

Jaclyn Rosenzweig (July 2007-June 2009)

 

Doing scholarly work was an important part of my ID fellowship at Temple. I worked extensively with Dr. Fekete writing MKSAP questions for the Infectious Disease section of MKSAP 15. Also, with the help of Dr. Samuel I wrote a chapter for the Critical Care Study Guide entitled “Infections in the ICU.” Both experiences complemented my clinical learning while at Temple.

 

Rosenzweig, J, Samuel R, and Chatilla W. Infections in the ICU. In: Critical Care Study Guide. Ed. Criner. In press

 

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