I feel that I received excellent, well-rounded training as a Tufts MC ID fellow – from general ID to transplant inpatient consults, from a university setting to community hospitals to a public hospital, to clinical management (inpatient and outpatient) to antimicrobial stewardship to laboratory medicine to infection control and prevention. In addition, the opportunity to get a master’s degree in clinical research at the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences was a huge bonus and has benefited my career.
I came to Tufts MC after having completed two years of public health training in CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service, and thus had already differentiated myself into pursuing epidemiology as both my research and career interest. Working with my research mentor, David Snydman, MD, I was able to further that interest through an appropriate thesis project, getting involved in Tufts MC's infection control committee, and applying for a scholarship to attend the CDC’s healthcare epidemiology training course. I was also able to schedule extra time in the microbiology lab to hone up my micro skills, and worked on several projects with a number of different faculty members, including case reports, a book chapter and several formal research projects.
After graduating in 2007, I left Massachusetts to become the hospital epidemiologist for Christiana Care, a 2-hospital, 1100-bed health care system in northern Delaware. Not long after, as we experienced the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic, I found myself leading the response to the pandemic, working with the health system’s senior leadership and emergency management team. While I feel that I will always continue to learn new things in this position, I feel that I was well trained to fill this role.
The faculty at Tufts MC are excellent – extremely supportive – and I remain friends with many of them. My co-fellows, as well as the ones a few years ahead and behind, remain in touch and we enjoy hearing about each other’s lives and careers as we cross paths at various meetings. I’m very happy to be a part of this larger Tufts MC community!
Marci Drees, MD, MS, DTM&H, FACP
Infection Prevention Officer/Hospital Epidemiologist
Christiana Care Health System