ID Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic
Goals and Objectives ::To become experienced with the presentation, diagnosis, and management of sexually transmitted diseases.
Our gorl is to educate clinic patients on:
- the risks of STDs on their future reproductive health
- the risks of acquiring HIV
- safer practices to prevent further infections
Teaching Methods ::Direct hands-on preceptorship with a designated attending physician
Mix of Patients ::Fellows rotate through the Lorain County Health Department Sexually Transmitted Diseases Clinic, located at the Lorain County Health Department. Patients are residents of Lorain County and come from all educational and ethnic backgrounds.
Fellows will interview and examine patients, either alone or with a STD clinic nurse. After examining microbiologic specimens, if applicable, the fellow presents the clinical and laboratory data, differential diagnosis, and treatment plan to the attending physician for discussion.
Approximately 90% of treatment is directly observed on site. Procedures performed include: pelvic examinations, oropharyngeal, rectal, and urethral culturing, and topical treatment of condyloma accuminata.
Educational resources ::
- Each fellow is given a packet of pertinent articles, including the latest guidelines for the management ant treatment of STDs, to read at the start of their clinical rotation.
- Online access for literature searches is available in the infectious disease department.
- An onsite laboratory is available for microscopic examination of patient specimens, which fellows are encouraged to utilize with every patient encounter.