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On November 17th the Division of Infectious Disease & International Medicine participated in the Great American Teach-in for the 3rd year in a row. Great American Teach-in is an annual event where diverse professionals visit schools to teach students of all ages about their careers. This year, we had 4 of the 2nd year medical students from our International Medicine Scholarly Concentration teach about infectious diseases to students at Williams Middle Magnet School, an International Baccalaureate magnet school with a focus on international studies and intercultural understanding.


 2011 Great American Teach In

   USF scholarly concentration MS2 students (left to right) Jonathan Kass, Jaymin Patel, Cristina Garcia,    and Vignesh Doraiswamy. 


Jonathan Kass and student leader Jaymin Patel taught a 7th grade science class while student leader Cristina Garcia and Vignesh Doraiswamy taught a 6th grade science class. "It was pretty shocking to see how much these students already knew about infectious diseases", said Kass. "These are some really bright students."


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Sixth grade students at Williams Middle magnet school demonstrate proper 

hand-washing techniques.  


Brown University medical student Jacqueline Wooley received a Volunteer Award for her outstanding work with Tampa General Hospital's Infectious Disease Department over the summer.

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                    Jacqueline Wooley.


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In September, Dr. John Sinnott visited CES, a partnering university in Medellin, Colombia. He met with CES College of Medicine faculty to advance the standing of certain collaborative projects, such as the parasitology image library.


In November, Dr. Ana Paula Velez, Assistant Professor in Infectious Disease, and Dr. Carlos Callegari, Director of the International Academy of Medicine and Ibero Americas Program, also traveled to CES for collaborative work.  



CES Colombia trip 2011

Drs. Ana Paula Velez and Carlos Callegari met with CES Dean of Medicine Dr. Osorio, Academic Affairs Director Paula Vasquez, and other faculty in basic sciences.   


CES Colombia trip 2011

Drs. Ana Paula Velez and Carlos Callegari were recognized as distinguished visiting proferssors for their collaborative work with CES College of Medicine by Dr. Jose Maria Maya Rector and Dr. Luis Carlos Munoz Uribe (right), President of the CES Board.  




In November, Drs. John Sinnott and Lynette Menezes visited Srinakharinwirot University (SWU) in Bangkok, Thailand as well as some flooded areas.SWU logo


Since July, Thailand has experienced major flooding, especially in the Chao Phraya and Mekong River basin. The flooding affected millions of people and resulted in billions of dollars in damage.


To assist with flood relief efforts in Thailand, USF Medicine International as well as Infectious Disease faculty provided a monetary donation to the Srinakharinwirot University Medical College.


USF flood relief donation to SWU Nov 2011 

USF Drs. John Sinnott and Lynette Menezes (right) provide SWU's

Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Pansiri Phansuwan (center),

with a check for flood relief.


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Flooded klong (canal) in Bangkok, Thailand.


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Dr. John Sinnott at a flood relief shelter in Nakhon Nayok, 

approximately 100km from Bangkok, Thailand.


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   Dining area for flood victims in Nakhon Nayok.               Food line for flood victims in Nakhon Nayok.




Faculty from the USF Division of Infectious Disease & International Medicine assisted with USF Medicine International's second Hospital Administrator Training Program, held October 10th-28th. The 20 doctors from Gansu, China received daily lectures from senior leadership from USF Health and Tampa General Hospital and toured the various health centers. 


Dr. John Sinnott taught Leadership and Academic Medicine; Dr. Robert Brooks provided lectures on Cost Benefit & Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in Health Care Management, Organizational Behavior and Design, and Health Care Reform: Public vs. Private Sectors; and Dr. Daniel Haight shared How to Get Your Story Covered in the News/Tips for Talking to the Media. Dr. Doug Holt took them on a tour of the Hillsborough County Health Department and discussed how to manage a health department. Nurse practitioner Pao-Chu Hsu, ARNP assisted with interpretation during the lectures and tours.

   USF Infectious Disease & International Medicine Director John Sinnott
                             (top left) and Associate Director Doug Holt (bottom left) pictured with
                             two of the Gansu delegates at the farewell reception dinner at Fushia.



                               Dr. Robert Brooks accepting a thank you plaque from Dr. Jinping  

                               Zhang, Business Deputy Director from The First People's Hospital  

                               of Longnan City, China.

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The USF Division of Infectious Disease & International Medicine has partnered with the Florida Infectious Disease Society in an effort to organize FIDS members into a listserv, which will enable statewide communication among ID practitioners. FIDS members will be able to easily exchange information, literature updates, employment opportunities, expert opinion, case studies, details on upcoming state meetings, current events, news, treatments, groundbreaking research, and more!    





Dr. Richard Oehler, ID Podcasts co-founder and webmaster, has successfully launched the ID Podcasts mobile viewer app for Android smartphones and tablets! Click here for free download in the Android Market. ID Podcasts are now available on the web, iTunes, and Android and Apple devices for easily accessible remote learning!  



In December, ID Podcasts celebrated another milestone with the upload of its 150th podcast. Dr. Linda Cheung's Antibiotic Dosing in End Stage Renal Disease marked the 150th podcast added in just 4 years!  






On October 20th-23rd, USF Division of Infectious Disease & International Medicine physicians and fellows attended the 49th annual meeting of the Infectious Disease Society of America and the HIV Medicine Association in Boston, Massachusetts. They presented their research (below) at poster abstract sessions during the conference. 
Click here for more information on the 2011 IDSA meeting.


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The Division's Faculty are actively engaged in HIV research through the HIV Clinical Research Unit, operated by the Division and Hillsborough County Health Department. Four studies are currently enrolling. A comprehensive list of current research among our ID Faculty can be viewed here.


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On December 15, Dr. Douglas Holt, Assistant Director of Infectious Disease and Director of the Hillsborough County Health Department, was named Andor Szentivanyi Endowed Professor of Medicine for his outstanding contributions in leadership and education. A formal ceremony is planned for January to celebrate his achievements.

In December, published a commentary on the importance of performing autopsies, written by Dr. Sandra Gompf, Associate Professor of Infectious Disease at USF, Chief of Infectious Disease at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital, and creator of Gompf's ID Pearls book and website. Click here to read "A Eulogy for the Autopsy, and a Call for its Return".


 Congratulations to Dr. Beata Casanas for receiving the 2011 LCE
 Academic Preceptor Award! She was recognized by 1st and 2nd
 year medical students for excellence in teaching.



On October 13, Division Director John Sinnott MD was honored as a 2011 Healthcare Hero by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. He received the Healthcare Educator award during this annual celebration which recognizes healthcare leaders throughout the Tampa Bay area.
Click here to view the article. 


John Sinnott Healthcare Hero Award 2011 
Dr. John Sinnott receiving the Tampa Bay Business Journal's 
Healthcare Educator Award during the Healthcare Heroes 
awards ceremony on October 13, 2011.


John Sinnott 2011 TBBJ Healthcare Hero award groupDr. John Sinnott celebrates his latest award with fellow USF Division of Infectious Disease and International Medicine faculty, as well as some Hospital Administrator Training Program attendees from Gansu, China. 



Recent graduates from the Division of Infectious Disease Fellowship program successfully passed the American Board of Internal Medicine Sub-specialty Certification Exam in Infectious Disease. Drs. Moise Carrington, Elvis Castillo, Ulyee Choe, and Rachel Franck-Irby are now Board Certified ID Specialists! Dr. Todd Wills, Fellowship Program Director for the Division, continues to maintain a 100% pass rate for the Boards. Click here for more information on the fellowship program.

2010 fellows graduation
  Dr. Todd Wills (left), pictured with graduating fellows Ulyee Choe, Moise
  Carrington, Rachel Franck-Irby (front), and Elvis Castillo (right).

Dr. Charurut Somboonwit, Associate Professor of Infectious Disease & International Medicine, was interviewed by the Tampa Bay Times newspaper for an article on World AIDS Day. The article highlights the importance of getting tested, medical advances made since the discovery, and the challenges we still face. Click here to read the article.

Division Director John Sinnott MD was interviewed by Stacie Schaible from News Channel 8 in Tampa, FL to shed light on an exciting new front in medicine; personal genetic testing. Dr. Sinnott describes sequencing the human genome as the greatest breakthrough in medicine. As a result, individuals can find out their risk for hundreds of diseases and conditions for as little as $99. Click here to watch!


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Dr. John Sinnott.  



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KNOW YOUR STATUS!  The Hillsborough County Health Department hosted its 7th annual World AIDS Day event on Friday, December 2, 2011. The event offered the community FREE HIV and STD testing. Information on current research at the HIV Clinical Research Unit, educational sessions and resource materials community partners were available. 


WAD 2011 

HCHD HIV Clinical Research Unit Staff spent the day educating attendees on

current HIV research and answering questions. Left to right: Research 

Coordinator Courtney Henderson,Assistant Director of Clinical Research 

Mable Chow, and Research Coordinator Shiela Ruck. 


Hundreds of attendees heard the guest speakers and were presented with educational information. Dr. Charurut Somboonwit, Associate Professor for the Division of Infectious Disease & International Medicine and Director of Communicable Diseases at the Hillsborough County Health Department, discussed HIV/AIDS statistics at the event. Second year Infectious Disease Fellow Joseph Katta, DO gave several talks on HIV/AIDS. First year Infectious Disease Fellow Christine Ayarza, MD provided the HIV/AIDS presentations in Spanish. A total of 212 people were screened for HIV & STDs. 


Dr. Katta speaks at World AIDS Day 2011 

Dr. Joe Katta, a second year ID fellow,

presents HIV/AIDS information at the

HCHD's World AIDS Day event on 

Dec. 2, 2011.


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ID Conferences are weekly lectures, typically held on Mondays, where fellows and faculty come together to enhance their knowledge of infectious disease. Recent topics included transplant ID, amebiasis, streptococcus pnemoniae, and more! For more information, contact Tammy Grice at      


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