Infectious Diseases


Scott Curry, M.D.

We have previously had a 4th year medical student complete a chart review project to examine the impact of reporting C.difficile on treatment decisions for adults and children with viral gastroenteritis. Another student did a wet lab project enumerating how much C. difficile is present in marine waters around Charleston Harbor. We have a variety of wet lab and clinical research projects that could involve medical students.

Susan Dorman, M.D.

Professor of Medicine
Director for Infectious Diseases and Cardiovascular Global Health Director
Tuberculosis Control Program, DHEC

The Division of Infectious Diseases provides care for patients with mycobacterial infections, most notably MTB. Dr. Susan Dorman provides leadership for this care at MUSC as well as directs control efforts for our tri-county area through the Department of Health and Environmental Control. Medical student opportunities for research within the area of tuberculosis are available and include analysis of existing data from clinical studies, quality improvement projects, and analysis of existing data from the South Carolina DHEC Tuberculosis Control Program.

Jessica Lewis, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Director for Transplant Infectious Diseases
Program Director, Infectious Diseases

The Division of Infectious Diseases within the Department of Medicine provides subspecialty care for Solid Organ Transplant and Stem Cell Transplant patient cohorts. This activity creates several different clinical research opportunities including epidemiological descriptions by transplanted organ with regards to infectious complications. In particular, the rate of multi drug resistant organisms (MDRO) is much higher for these patient populations. Potential research opportunities for students include mentored projects to study the risk factors for MDRO, and organ specific antibiograms for the most commonly encountered organisms.

Eric Meissner, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Microbiology/Immunology
Director of HIV and Hepatitis C Research and Clinical Services

The Division of Infectious Diseases within the Department of Medicine provides care for patients affected by chronic viral infections such as HIV and Hepatitis C. These are challenging patient populations for many reasons including medical and social issues. In order to provide the highest quality of care for our HIV and Hepatitis C cohorts, we maintain clinical database repositories. Information housed in the repositories includes demographics, clinical characteristics such as lab values, co-morbid conditions, and treatment regimens. Active clinical research projects suitable for students are:

Analysis of the association of clinic visit adherence, depression, and alcohol use with HIV virology suppression.
Analysis of clinical and demographic variables that predict successful linkage and presentation to care to ID clinic for HCV infection.