Outpatient Infectious Disease Clinic (non-HIV)
The UVA Outpatient Infectious Disease Clinic is open twice weekly and receives patients from a variety of referral sources, including other medical and surgical teams within UVA, and surrounding community hospital and outpatient-based practices without dedicated infectious disease physicians. The clinic supports approximately 80-100 patient visits per month, and fellows are supervised by attending physicians from the Division of Infectious Diseases.
All manner of patients are seen in the clinic reflecting the diverse population of the Charlottesville area and surrounding areas, as well as a large population of travelers from the University of Virginia and within the large immigrant population in the area (see Inpatient Training, Overview). Infections seen in this clinic within the past 6 months reflect this diversity and include but are not limited to brucellosis, lepromatous leprosy, erlichiosis, BK virus nephropathy, nocardiosis, and HACEK endocarditis along with a host of more common infections including osteomyelitis, indwelling line infections, Lyme disease, and many others.
A fraction of patients are referred from other UVA medical specialty clinics for evaluation for possible infections, allowing for substantial experience during the fellowship for the consideration of non-infectious illnesses in the differential diagnosis of fever of unknown origin, unexplained radiographic findings, or unresolved laboratory-based data. Although the majority of patients are seen over only 1-2 visits, some require more longitudinal care, and follow-up is arranged at the discretion of the fellows and attending physicians. Close contact with referring physicians who are well known to the clinic allow for the development of valuable interactive skills between academic and private physicians for the trainees.