Infectious Diseases Student Interest Group

The aim of the GW SMHS Infectious Disease Interest Group (IDIG) is to promote education and enhance interest in the medical subspecialty of infectious diseases, and related careers in public health, epidemiology and microbiology amongst GW medical students. The IDIG provides an opportunity for medical students to network with clinical professionals in the subspecialty in the Washington, D.C. area. The IDIG faculty mentor is Dr. Angelike Liappis.

The IDIG works with the GW SMHS and the faculty of the GW Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and the Section of Infectious Diseases of the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the GW Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Tropical Medicine and Children’s National Medical center, Washington DC. Our faculty provides didactic lectures throughout medical school curriculum in the preclinical and clinical years. There are numerous teaching opportunities for GW students, including elective rotations at GW Hospital, the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Children’s National Medical Center during the third and fourth years of training. The IDIG also provides the opportunity for students to volunteer for community public health events, to shadow clinicians practicing infectious diseases and can help link interested students to local research opportunities.

For further information on careers and opportunities for students interested in Infectious Diseases from the American Society of Infectious Diseases please visit:  http://www.idsociety.org/ID_Careers

For further questions about the IDIG, please contact Dr. Liappis.

Student Leadership

Hannah Chase (left), Nitin Kuppanda (middle), and Allison Distler (right)Hannah Chase, Nitin Kuppanda, Allison Distler, GW SMHS Class of 2021

Hannah Chase (left), Nitin Kuppanda (middle), and Allison Distler (right) are MD candidates of the GWSMHS Class of 2021. Hannah is from Rockville, MD. She is interested in Pediatric infectious disease, especially bacterial ID and antibiotic resistance, as a result of her undergrad research in microbiology and her summer research working on antibiotic stewardship pathways at Children’s National. Nitin is from Southern California. His interest in infectious diseases started in his undergraduate experience where he learned about the science and societal intersections of HIV/AIDS and did research on microbial parasites and neglected tropical diseases. In medical school, he has had experience with disaster medicine and is also interested in the disaster management of infectious diseases. Allison is from Tampa, Florida and has a bachelors degree in Microbiology. Her infectious disease interests largely revolve around infection in immunosuppressed populations, particularly HIV and cancer patients. This stems from her research background in Immunology and malignant hematology. Allison is actively involved in research and volunteers performing HIV screening in the DC community.

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IDIG Founding Student Members

Bryan Walker, GW SMHS Class of 2018

Lilja Anderson, GW SMHS Class of 2018

Mohannad Anbarserri, GW SMHS Class of 2018

Jamie Majdi, GW SMHS Class of 2018

Past Student Leadership

David StrumDavid Strum, GW SMHS Class of 2020
IDIG Co-President

David Strum is a first year medical student at GW SMHS. After learning about the struggles to address HIV on a national level back in the 80s and 90s while in the midst of the infectious disease curriculum at GW, he became interested in the field and the widespread global impact of ID. He hopes to be able to get other students interested and involved, especially as infectious disease often takes a front line in health news. David also does research in pain medicine at Children's National Medical Center and hopes to add a medical education focus to his studies.

Caroline ThomasCaroline Thomas, GW SMHS Class of 2020
IDIG Co-President

Caroline Thomas is a first year medical student at GW SMHS. Caroline graduated from George Mason University in 2016 with a B.S degree in biology and a concentration in microbiology. Her interest in the field of infectious disease developed after taking a literature course centered around the HIV epidemic of the 1980's. Since then, her interests in infectious diseases have spread to clinical research having most recently worked at Children's National Medical Center as a clinical researcher on several ID research projects aimed at improving adolescent healthcare. Caroline looks forward to working with other undergraduate medical school students who are interested in pursing a career in ID.

Ariel OzbekiAriel Ozbeki, GW SMHS Class of 2019
IDIG Co-President

Ariel Ozbeki is a second-year medical student at GW SMHS. Her interest in the field of infectious disease began during her undergraduate studies, where as a public health major she was exposed to the various aspects of the specialty. She found herself most interested in the connection between global health and infectious disease after taking a course where she was able to immerse herself deeper into the health issues at the global level. In the future, Ariel looks to combine her interests in medical education and infectious disease to help create innovative ways to tackle the critical issues affecting at risk populations.

Jeffrey RobersonJeffrey Roberson, GW SMHS Class of 2019
IDIG Co-President

Jeffrey is a second-year medical student at GW SMHS. Following his undergraduate studies of public health at the University of Virginia, Jeffrey was an HIV Case Manager at Philadelphia’s needle exchange program, Prevention Point Philadelphia. He became very interested in the use of harm reduction modalities to decrease the incidence of HIV/HCV as well as to increase adherence to antiretroviral therapies. As a medical student, he has researched the impact of new Direct Acting Agents (DAAs) on the treatment of HCV.

Upcoming IDIG Events and Volunteer Opportunities (Fall 2016-Spring 2017)

GWU SMHS Activities Day
Tuesday, August 23rd - 5:00 PM
Come learn more about IDIG and research opportunities in ID. We will have ID-inspired treats!

Zika Virus Roundtable
September 2016
As we learn more about Zika Virus, come get an update on the state of Zika throughout the world and the United States as well as "must knows" for this emerging virus.

Lunch Time Talk with Dr. Liappis
October 2016 (exact date and time TBA)
Learn more about ID as a subspecialty and get tips on how to translate your I3 knowledge onto the wards.

Infectious Diseases Review Session
Wednesday, November 30, at 5 PM in Ross 201
Join us for an Infectious Disease review game meant to assist MS1s in studying for I3 exams and help MS2s prepare for their upcoming USMLE examinations.

Walk & 5K to End HIV
Saturday, November 12, 8 AM
IDIG will have a team for Whitman Walker's annual Walk & 5K to End HIV. Take a break from Himmelfarb to explore DC, spend time with infectious disease advocates, and celebrate the 30th anniversary of the walk.

Winterhaven 2017
Saturday, January 28, 2017 at DCVAMC
The event will provide services to the homeless population in the DC metro area in order to improve Veterans' independence and health.

Greater Washington Infectious Disease Society Spring Symposium at Suburban Hospital
Saturday, March 11, 2017 AM (exact time TBA)

Franklin A. Neva Clinical Parasitology Symposium
March 20, 2017 (exact time and location TBA)

Interest Group Panel Discussion: Career Pathways in Infectious Diseases with providers from across the DC–metro area
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 in Ross Hall 101, 5pm

Upcoming IDIG Events and Volunteer Opportunities (Fall 2019-Winter 2019)

Panel Discussion Career Pathways in Infectious Diseases with providers and scientists from across the DC–metro area
Thursday, September 12, 2019