Wayne State University School of Medicine’s Infectious Disease Interest Group has been instrumental in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
To date, members have worked with healthcare professionals to immunize approximately 40 patients with appointments at the Student Center as part of a community service initiative.
The group is involved in research projects on infectious diseases, including the CoVPN 3006 Moderna Vaccine Study evaluating the efficacy and impact of the vaccine on the transmissivity of SARS-CoV-2.
Members also helped investigate the inter-professional team dynamic between students from different backgrounds (medicine, nursing, pharmacy) when they volunteered to administer the COVID-19 vaccines at Campus Health Center.
Chaired by Teena Chopra, MD, MPH ’11, Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Corporate Medical Director of Infection Prevention, Epidemiology, and Antibiotic Management for WSU and the Detroit Medical Center, The group’s mission is to provide a platform for students to learn more about the infectious disease specialty on campus and connect students to projects focused on promoting public health by preventing the spread of communicable diseases.
This year, IDIG hosted a talk by former WSU School of Medicine Dean Jack Sobel, MD, a leading infectious disease specialist, who spoke about his career progression.
Prior to the first exam of the academic year, the group held a second-year immunology exam review, with over 45 students participating.
The group, Dr Chopra said, continues to look for ways to promote infectious disease initiatives and public health information both inside and outside the School community. medicine.
The group is open to all medical students. If you are interested in joining or looking for more information, email Dr Chopra at [email protected]