Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine Club

Did You Know:

 

  • The human body contains, on average, more bacterial cells than human cells.
  • With access and adherence to modern antiretroviral treatment, the life expectancy of HIV+ patients is close to the general population…yet in 2015, only 46% of people who were HIV+ had access to this treatment and 1.1 million people died from AIDS-related illnesses.
  • In 2014, the WHO Antimicrobial Resistance Global Report on Surveillance estimated that the overall direct societal cost of antibacterial resistance is up to $20 billion in the United States alone.
  • Lamivudine, the first antiviral medication for the treatment of hepatitis B virus, was discovered by a researcher right here at the U of A.

 

The Infectious Disease and Tropical Medicine Club is designed to provide students with the opportunity to learn about infectious agents and public health as it relates to infectious disease.  We hope to promote knowledge, awareness, and interest in infectious disease and tropical medicine because all physicians, regardless of their specialty, will have patients affected by infectious disease.

 

Students will have the opportunity to learn more about a career in infectious disease through presentations, Q & A sessions, topic reviews, and shadowing.

 

Future Club Events:

 

  • A Day in the Life of an ID Doc
  • Infectious Disease Shadowbase
  • Antibiotics Overview Crash Course
  • Quad I Review
  • Global Infectious Diseases That Every Canadian Doctor Should Know About
  • Vaccinations 101: Strategies for Communicating with Skeptical Patients and Families
  • Infectious Disease in Marginalized Populations
  • Public Health Promotion:
    • World TB Day
    • World AIDS Day

 

- Lori, Benson, Alex