Clinical Virology Laboratory -
Duties / Responsibilities of Residents During Clinical Rotation

  • Participate in daily lab "plate rounds" (UPMC-PUH). Follow-up interesting cases in textbooks/literature and report back the next day.

  • Contact physicians when additional information is required to interpret the significance of a result or for further work-up of a sample.

  • Serve as a primary consultant to other clinical services at UPMC-PUH. Attend rounds with the Infectious Disease team daily. Residents are expected to be familiar with cultures from patients who the ID service is following. Residents also serve as anatomic pathology "consultants" to the ID service and are expected to review surgical specimens associated with the patients which the ID service is following and interesting ones to show to the infectious disease consult team.

  • Residents must attend at least 1 weekly meeting of the infection control working group of the Clinical Microbiology Lab at UPMC-PUH. An elective rotation in infection control is also available for interested residents (1 week).

  • Present interesting cases and related surgical pathology specimens on ID patients at intra- and extra-Division conferences including Infectious Diseases Grand Rounds at UPMC-PUH.

  • Attend didactic sessions with individual teaching faculty (residents on core rotations) and do assigned readings and case study problems.