Fellows and faculty actively participate in teaching and patient care at the three major hospitals within the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center. Our strong clinical presence is evidenced by two separate consult services (one in the 1100 bed University Hospital which focuses on opportunistic infections in compromised hosts such as BM and solid organ transplant recipients, bone/joint and CNS infections in orthopedic, trauma and neurosurgical patients, and infections in neutropenic/cancer patients; another service combines HIV/AIDS consultation at University Hospital and general infectious diseases consultation at the VA Medical Center and the county hospital). ID faculty and fellows also provide care in a cross-section of ambulatory clinics which target general ID, HIV/AIDS, STD, tuberculosis and international travel.
The Division is proud of its strong commitment to medical education and its successes in this arena. Over the past decade, the Division has been an annual recipient of one of the three DOM Best Teaching Division awards given yearly by the Medicine Housestaff. In addition, over the same period, several ID faculty have been named “Outstanding Teacher” in the Department and/or School of Medicine. On a weekly basis, the Division conducts three well-attended teaching conferences: Journal Club, Case Conference and ID Grand Rounds. Speakers at Grand Rounds include our own faculty and fellows, plus “experts” from other disciplines within UAB, and from other academic medical centers.
Research is the third area of excellence in our Division. For 2008, the Division’s federal research awards and industry grants (direct cost) totaled over $21 million. The Division also has two NIH sponsored T32 grant.