During the 16th annual Helen Kelly Forensic Nursing Conference, Dr. Omobosola Akinsette presented to the group on HIV. She states that the infectious disease specialty is a little like a detective show. One has to figure out what symptoms are important, put clues together and then come up with the best “suspects,” or pathogens. We also have to find an effective and convenient treatment regimen for the patient.
In her training in different parts of the world, she have always enjoyed microbiology and learning about infections in general, especially enjoying trying to decipher what pathogen was causing a patient’s symptoms, and how to treat those symptoms.
“I also have a special interest in HIV/AIDS. During my training, the HIV/AIDS pandemic has continued to increase worldwide, especially in Africa and also in minority communities here in the U.S. The ignorance and misconceptions among the general population regarding HIV/AIDS have been a great concern for me, and this compelled me to be a part of the HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment network. These interests have made the specialty of infectious disease a natural choice for me. “
She is originally from Nigeria but has trained in the West Indies and on the East Coast of the United States before moving to Minnesota. She enjoys working with people from different parts of the world and is always striving to resolve or minimize the impact of their infections. Like the other physicians in her infectious disease group, she follow the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) guidelines in the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease. She is also provide culturally-sensitive care to diverse communities, including GLBT individuals, refugees and immigrants.