Conference Day/Time Frequency
CORE FELLOWSHIP CONFERENCES (click for description below)
Infectious Diseases Grand Rounds Mondays, 1:00-2:00 pm Weekly
Core Curriculum Wednesdays, 8:00 – 9:00 am Weekly
HIV Management Conference Alternate Fridays, 12:00-1:00 pm Bi-Monthly
Journal Club

First Wednesday of month,
7:00 - 8:00 am

Clinical Microbiology Didactics Wednesdays, 1:15-2:00 pm Weekly
Clinical Microbiology Plate Rounds Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays, 1:15 – 2:00 pm Weekly
INSTITUTION-SPONSORED CONFERENCES (click for description below)
Internal Medicine Grand Rounds Thursdays at Noon Weekly
CORE LECTURE SERIES (click for description below)
Graduate Medical Education (GME)
Research Series (optional)
10-Week Series from July to September Annually

Core Conferences

Infectious Diseases Grand Rounds
All ID faculty and fellows attend this weekly conference. The format for this conference varies from week to week. The majority of IDGR include interesting case-based presentations by faculty and fellows, alternating with research presentations and occasional updates from national and international conferences. The program director typically coordinates the topics and speakers.

Core Curriculum
A weekly, one-hour didactic format covering clinical topics in Infectious Diseases. Topics are covered on a rotating basis over the two-year fellowship. Lecturers include ID faculty as well as faculty from outside the division where beneficial by topic (i.e. Allergy/Immunology, GI, Pharmacy, Pediatric ID, OB/Gyn, etc.) The program director typically coordinates the topics and speakers.

HIV Management Conference
This is a twice monthly interactive conference. Participants include fellows, faculty, other clinical providers, and ID pharmacist. Participants present challenging cases from the clinic for discussion and assistance with management decisions. This conference is led by an ID faculty member.

Journal Club
This conference is held on a monthly basis and is run by a fellow and one of the ID faculty. Fellows rotate in leading this conference, selecting a journal of interest then presenting the article in a “traditional” journal club style presentation in which the fellow critically reviews the article(s) and leads a discussion with the faculty and other fellows. During these discussions, attention is paid not only to the outcome, but also the process and potential bias and errors.

Clinical Microbiology Didactics
This conference is held weekly by Drs. Doern and Bryson from Clinical Microbiology and consists of a series of lectures covering basic clinical microbiology. Topics are covered on a rotating basis over the two-year fellowship.

Clinical Microbiology Plate Rounds
These are highly educational, hands-on rounds held 3 days per week in the clinical microbiology laboratory at both the VCU Medical Center and at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center. Current interesting cases are selected by the ID consult team, or by laboratory staff, for discussion and review of the microbiologic workup. Rounds are led by Dr. Bryson, Dr. Doern, or Dr. Forbes.

Institution-Sponsored Conferences

Institution Sponsored Conferences include:

  • Internal Medicine Grand Rounds and CPC (both MCVH/VCUHS and McGuire VAMC)
  • Departmental Morbidity and Mortality
  • Department of Internal Medicine - Emergency Medicine Conference
  • Department of Internal Medicine - Surgery Conference


Core Lecture Series

Core Lecture Series include:

  • GME Research Series
  • GME Lecture Series: This conference is held throughout the year at VCUHS. Topics include quality improvement, professionalism, risk management, health care organization, world health issues, medical delivery systems, etc. In addition, the GME office sponsors the institutional orientation that all incoming interns, residents and fellows must attend (topics include teamwork, patient safety, effective communication, handoffs, consultation, supervision, etc)