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  • The field of infectious diseases (ID) involves the diagnosis and treatment of patients with infections — acute and chronic. Some acute infections can be easily diagnosed and managed within just days, says Cmdr. Todd Gleeson, M.D., the infectious disease staff clerkship director at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., and an active duty ID physician in the U.S. Navy. Conversely, other infections require invasive procedures to obtain specimens on which highly specialized testing must be performed to ultimately make evasive diagnoses. These patients often require months of complicated therapy.

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