Local Conferences

Case Conferences (CC): This is a weekly case conference designed to provide an in-depth discussion of pathogenic mechanisms, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases. One or two specially selected cases seen by faculty or fellows/residents are presented. This is followed by a review of the relevant literature and an extended academic discussion related to the case. The ID PGY-2 resident is responsible for leading 3-4 cases per year.

Journal Club (JC): This is a monthly meeting, jointly run by faculty and fellows/residents, to review pertinent current literature in infectious diseases. The ID PGY-2 resident is responsible for leading 2 journal clubs per year.

Mandell Review and Research Conference: This is a weekly didactic series that covers the breadth of ID topics expected to be seen on the inpatient consult service, or in ambulatory infectious disease/HIV clinic as well as teaching basic principles of research methods. In addition, this series provides an opportunity to discuss ongoing research projects and review relevant new research as it pertains to infectious disease. The ID PGY-2 resident is required to attend these sessions as a learning opportunity.

City Wide ID Conference: This is a monthly case conference in which there is participation from infectious disease clinicians from the region, pediatric infectious disease, microbiology staff and Public Health officers. Typically the conference involves extended academic discussions and a review of the relevant literature related to a specific infectious disease case. In addition current outbreaks or state epidemiology is presented by the Public Health Department. This also provides an opportunity to network with the regional infectious disease community.

Genotype Meeting: This is a monthly multi-disciplinary meeting in which challenging HIV and antiretroviral therapy cases are discussed or up-to-date literature pertaining to HIV is presented. A fellow typically opens the meeting by discussing an aspect of HIV drug resistance. The ID PGY-2 resident may attend these sessions as a learning opportunity.

Palmetto Health Pharmacy Grand Rounds: A continuing education presentation delivered by pharmacy faculty/preceptors and residents are held monthly.  ID PGY-2 resident is required to present an ACPE accredited  1-hour program as part of the series.

Other Conferences:  There are also a wide variety of clinical and research conferences offered through the School of Medicine, College of Pharmacy, and Palmetto Health Richland. Residents are encouraged to attend Internal Medicine Noon Conferences and Medical Grand Rounds as topics deemed appropriate.


Academic Preparation Program (APP)

The South Carolina College of Pharmacy offers an optional certificate to residents throughout the state of South Carolina who are interested in enhancing skills needed in an academic environment.  The purpose of the South Carolina College of Pharmacy’s “Academician Preparation Program (APP)” is to prepare pharmacy residents to serve as educators, either in full-time or adjunct faculty positions.  Residents are assigned a full-time faculty member as their mentor for this program.  Many of requirements for this certificate are already present in many residency programs.  Dr. Jean Nappi serves as the program coordinator.  A published report on the success of our program was recently found in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education (Nappi J, 2013), An Academician Preparation Program for Pharmacy Residents.  

Further APP details are available at:  http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/pharmacy_
.  The resident will be mentored by program faculty. 

Regardless of the involvement in APP, the resident will be exposed to key areas of academia, with specific attention given during academic/research months.  Residents will participate in the Infectious Diseases elective, clinical research elective and other areas of the curriculum with an ID focus.  

Masters in Public Health

Residents or fellows will have the opportunity to enroll in the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health Masters in Public Health (MPH) program.  Details of the programs are available at http://www.sph.sc.edu/futurestudents/.  Residents and fellows will receive an academic appointment of Clinical Instructor in the Clinical Pharmacy and Outcomes Sciences Department at the College of Pharmacy.  This appointment will entitle them to university faculty tuition assistance.  Details of this program are available at http://hr.sc.edu/salaryadmn/tuition.html

Research Resources/ Opportunities

Residents will have an opportunity to work closely with PharmD/MD research oriented clinicians. The residents will participate in the yearly Resident Research Seminar Series offered at Palmetto Health Richland. Residents will have access to statistical packages, databases (Veterans Administration, SC Medicaid, SERGE-45), and analytical resources (both personnel and software) through the University of South Carolina and Palmetto Health. Residents will be eligible to apply for internal grant funding (Grant In Aid) through Palmetto Health/USC.

The resident will be provided with a list of possible major project ideas prior to their arrival in July.  The resident will be expected to present major project results at Southeastern Pharmacy Residency Conference and Palmetto Health/USC Medical Scholarship Day of Focus.  Presentation of major research project at a national or international ID conference will be strongly encouraged.

Other opportunities including article referees, peer reviewed publication of case reports and/or review articles will be available for the resident.



SERGE-45 (Southeastern Research Group Endeavor) is an open, research collaboration and network of infectious diseases practitioners located primarily in the Southern United States founded by Brandon Bookstaver, PharmD & Chris Bland, PharmD in 2011.  The majority of active participants are infectious diseases pharmacists; however participation is not limited to a single discipline.  There is no financial commitment or obligation to participate. This is simply an opportunity to have representation of varied practice areas and hospital systems to answer infectious diseases related questions through sound, research methodology. The ID PGY-2 resident or fellow would have the opportunity to conduct research within this network.