The Infection Prevention program at Tufts Medical Center was developed by David R. Snydman, MD, FACP, FIDSA, the Emeritus Chief of the Division of Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases, and is now led by Shira Doron, MD, MS, FIDSA, Hosptial Epidemiologist. The program consists of two Infectious Disease physicians and three highly experienced Infection Preventionists, as well as informatics support.
While becoming board eligible in ID, you will gain extensive experience in all aspects of infection control and antimicrobial stewardship. Fellows who choose this concentration will be able to function independently as a hospital epidemiologist. We have a number of graduates who are functioning in this capacity around the US and the world.
The Infection Prevention Program is structured to meet all the requirements of the Department of Public Health and Medicare. Tufts Medical Center has a strong relationship with the Massachusetts Department of Health. Faculty members serve on the statewide Hospital Acquired Infection (HAI) technical advisory board. Thanks to these strong ties, Gabriela Andujar Vazquez, MD, was an inaugural recipient of the IDSA LEAP Fellowship. The trainee will gain experience in surveillance, prevention and control of hospital acquired infections, including investigation of clusters, understanding of reporting requirements, participation in task forces, and participation in prospective observational and interventional studies being performed by the infection control group. [note to editor—last sentence of this paragraph was deleted]
The Infection Prevention Program has been at the forefront of the quality movement at Tufts Medical Center. In a recent Joint Commission survey, a surveyor commented, “This is best Infection Prevention and Antimicrobial Stewardship Program I have seen in our surveys throughout the US.” The Infection Prevention program has had a number of significant successes in recent years, including a near elimination of central venous catheter associated bloodstream infections, improved hand hygiene compliance rates, reduction in multi-drug resistant bacterial infections, reduction in surgical site infections, reduction in Clostridioides difficile infections, reduction in catheter associated UTI, and high employee immunization rates. Learn more about the quality and patient safety initiatives at Tufts Medical Center >
You will receive focused education on hospital infections:
- Didactic lectures on Hospital Infections including case based lectures
- Weekly meetings with the infection prevention team
- Participation in Task Forces for CLABSI, CAUTI, VAP bundle
- Monthly infection control committee meetings
- Targeted reading in infection control
- Participation in quarterly Infection Prevention meetings
- Participation in microbiology rounds
For 2-year fellows, and for fellows who are interested and eligible for our 3 year Physician-Investigator track, many opportunities exist in infection control related research. 2-year clinician educator fellows will choose a research project in an area of interest. Recent projects have included work on C. difficile, MRSA reductions, contamination of the environment with VRE and transmission.
Fellows in this track will have specific opportunity to develop their expertise as Clinician Educators. Teaching opportunities include leading small group discussions with pre-clinical medical students, as well as providing lectures to medical students on clinical rotations and house staff.
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