Training in Healthcare Epidemiology, Infection Prevention and Control and
This program is designed for second-year Infectious Disease fellows who are interested in gaining expertise and skills needed to prepare for a career in healthcare epidemiology, including leading and collaborating with infection prevention and control and antimicrobial stewardship teams. Healthcare epidemiologists aim to prevent and control healthcare-associated infections and other adverse outcomes by translating research into practice. Their expertise and activities include epidemiologic and laboratory investigation, infection surveillance, policy development and implementation, education and information dissemination, implementation of interventions to prevent infections, cost-benefit analyses of interventions, and patient oriented research to inform and improve the science of healthcare epidemiology and infection control and to improve quality-of-care. This practical training in healthcare epidemiology also may be combined with the Masters of Science of Clinical Epidemiology degree program, if desired.
- Gain experience and practical skills relating to healthcare epidemiology including: infection surveillance and informatics, outbreak management, communicable disease control, isolation and hand hygiene, sterilization and disinfection, construction and environmental control, product evaluation, occupational health, regulatory and public reporting compliance, performance improvement, and patient safety,.
- Gain experience and practical skills relating to antimicrobial stewardship, including formulary decision making, treatment guideline development, analysis of antimicrobial utilization and resistance trends, and patient-level audit and provider feedback.
- Design and conduct healthcare epidemiology research utilizing appropriate study design and methods, including data collection and analysis, outcomes measurement, risk factor assessment, and quantitative and qualitative measures.
- Translate findings into effective recommendations and practices using implementation science and communicating results to providers, leadership, and researchers through policy development, presentations and publications.
- Develop administrative and collaborative skills necessary to become a leader in healthcare epidemiology
- HUP Healthcare-Associated Infections Review meeting (weekly)
- HUP and UPHS Infection Control Committees (monthly)
- HUP Antibiotic Subcommittee of Pharmacy and Therapeutics (monthly)
- HUP and Department of Medicine Clinical Effectiveness and Quality Improvement Committees (monthly)
- Penn Medicine Healthcare Epidemiology Research Group (quarterly)
- Other committees, including Evidence-Based Practice HAI Working Groups, Hand Hygiene Committee, Unit-Based Clinical Leadership Committees, U Penn Biosafety Committee, as appropriate
- Shadowing programs, including work rounds with Infection Preventionists and Antibiotic Stewardship Pharmacists, Environment of Care Rounds, Construction Rounds, Central Processing, and off-site inspection of ambulatory care sites and Penn Home Infusion Services, as appropriate.
- Infection control curriculum (weekly)
- Research (at least monthly)
Additional Training Opportunities :
It is recommended that fellows attend at least one of the following: