Infectious Disease Interest Group

Infectious diseases have impacted humankind throughout history. Despite reports in the mid-20th century that infectious diseases were a thing of the past, we know that emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases are still very present in our world today. Climate change, globalization, antibiotic resistance, and other factors play a role in this; consequently, ID affects all facets of medicine.

This 1974 image depicted laboratorian Margaret M. Floyd, as she was in the process of demonstrating her work with the bacterium, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, while working beneath a laminar flow hood, and using a pipette bulb to transfer liquids between containers. Ms. Floyd was wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), which consisted of a disposable head cover, a disposable facemask covering her nose and mouth, and latex gloves. Source: CDC Public Health Image Library
Produced by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), this highly magnified, digitally colorized transmission electron microscopic (TEM) image, reveals ultrastructural details exhibited by a number of red-colored, spherical shaped, Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) virions. Source: CDC Public Health Image Library
Transmission electron microscopic image of an isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19, formerly known as 2019-nCoV. The spherical extracellular viral particles contain cross-sections through the viral genome, seen as black dots. Source: CDC Public Health Image Library / C.S. Goldsmith and A. Tamin

Mission

The mission of the Infectious Disease Interest Group is to promote the Infectious Disease (ID) subspecialty as an exciting career choice. Our goal is to expose future physicians to the many roles of ID specialists and the diversity of opportunities in the field. We hope to enhance the academic curriculum of UACOM-Phoenix by informing students about the impact of ID on all aspects of medicine, healthcare, antimicrobial stewardship, public health, and global health. We plan to do this through guest speakers, panels, shadowing experiences, conference attendance, and more. Ultimately, we hope to inspire UACOM-Phoenix medical students to envision how they might solve the next pandemic or develop a new vaccine.

Events and Activities

2020-2021 Activities

  • Founded-January 2020
  • Arizona Department of Health Services, Dr. Nick Staab, Lunch Talk, Topic: Update on COVID-19
    • February 20, 2020
    • 12pm-12:50pm
    • HSEB, C104
  • CDC Career Epidemiology Field Officer, Dr. Heather Venkat, DVM, Webinar, Topic: Zoonotic Disease, Public Health, and the Epidemic Intelligence Service
    • April 23, 2020
    • 9:30 am - 10:30 am
    • Zoom webinar
  • Antimicrobial Resistance Lunch Talk-TBD
  • Arizona Department of Health Services, Lunch Talk, Topic: Congenital Syphilis-TBD
  • More Events-TBD

ID in the News

Resources

Did you know Arizona has its own app for ID news and resources?

IDAZ is a FREE mobile app where Arizona healthcare providers can get the latest news and public health recommendations about infectious diseases in the state.

This is a great tool for both practicing clinicians and students.

More information from AZDHS.

Available on the App Store and Google Play

Leadership

Student Leadership

Nicole Boardman, MPH

MD Class of 2023

nboardman@email.arizona.edu

Faculty Leadership

Dr. Michael Saubolle, PhD

Director, Infectious Disease / Microbiology Curriculum

Clinical Associate Professor, Internal Medicine

Fellow of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Mike.Saubolle@outlook.com

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