MED 7521

Infectious Diseases


Betsy Wehrwein
Course Coordinator

Curriculum Focus
Clinical Level
MS Year
Terms Offered


Catalog Description: Students will function as integral members of the clinical infectious diseases team during this elective. They will evaluate patients, participate in all discussions, and explore the literature on problems relating to patients they have seen. Additional reading, conferences, and clinical lab rounds will also be an integral part of the course, as will a weekly series of didactic lectures covering some major clinical problems. Formal demonstrations and microbiology laboratory involvement vary among the three teaching hospitals.


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Site Code

Site Name



St. Luke's Hospital



UMMC - East Bank



Hennepin County Medical Center



VA Medical Center


Required session attendance:

Typical weekly schedule/Delivery Mode: M-F, 8:00am-5:00pm, no nights or weekends

Direct patient care: Yes

Consent Requirement: Open to student scheduling

Course Objectives: 

This course familiarizes students with major problems in infectious diseases and develops a framework for systematic diagnosis and management of most major infectious disease problems, including bacteremia, endocarditis, meningitis, pneumonia, urinary tract infections, infections of the compromised host and use of antibodics.

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • differentiate infectious diseases from other similar diseases;
  • use a variety of diagnostic resources;
  • explain basic principles of therapy in regard to selection and monitoring of antibiotics;
  • discuss the value and best use of the clinical microbiology laboratory; and
  • describe the pathogenesis of infectious disease and its relationship with clinical manifestations.

Graded Components:

  • Clinical assessments by preceptors

Grading Scale: H/E/S/N


Allow repetition of course: Repetition not allowed

Limited to Student Type: No

Course equivalency: N/A

Related curricular experience:

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