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Pneumonia Patterns

By John Greene, MD

July 21st, 2017

Dr. John Greene discusses different patterns of consolidation visible on lung imaging and the differential diagnosis for pneumonia in immunocompetent and immunocompromised patients. He reviews CT imaging for ground glass opacities, consolidation, nodular opacities, and nodular cavitary lesions on the lungs. He covers interstitial pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary alveolar proteinosis, community acquired viral and bacterial pneumonia, fungal infections, and mycobacterial infections among others. He specifically discusses nocardia, mycobacterium avium complex and hypersensitivity pneumonitis. He then covers several cases studies and management strategies. His updated talk was originally presented in 2013.

Bugs, Drugs, and Stem Cells

By Aliyah Baluch, MD, Msc

July 17th, 2017

Dr. Baluch introduces the audience to to concept of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.  She discusses the timeline for infections and the tools for their work-up, including antimicrobial drugs.  She also reviews the current paradigm for the work-up of neutropenic fever, and the treatment of “common” ID issues.  Lastly, she discusses useful infectious diseases resources for the clinician.

Infectious Diseases Emergencies

By Misbuhuddin Syed, M.D.

July 10th, 2017

Dr. Syed discusses various infectious diseases syndromes that are “emergencies,” i.e., require urgent intervention.  Among those discussed include fulminant meningococcal disease, viral hemorrhagic fever, SARS, MERS, Anthrax, Plague, Tularemia, and other agents of bioterroism.

Fever Patterns and Infection

By Shuchi Pandya, MD

June 2nd, 2017

Dr. Pandya reviews the relationship between fever and infection, including fever classifications, various fever patterns, fever severity, and fevers associated with specific conditions. 

Orthopoxviruses

By Robert Castro, MD

June 2nd, 2017

Dr. Castro reviews orthopoxviruses with a focus on the history of Smallpox, including its history, clinical presentation, vaccination, treatment, and the potential for bioterrorism.

What To Do With A Positive Blood Culture

By Richard L. Oehler, MD

February 24th, 2017

Dr. Oehler discusses the process for evaluating a patient with a positive blood culture, from the time the blood culture is ordered to when management decisions must be made. Some important concepts discussed include distinguishing true versus contaminant blood cultures, the importance of collection technique, risk factors for bacteremia, and antibiotic treatment strategies.