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EIS: A Worthwhile Journey

EIS officer Charles Alpren, MBChB, shared insights into the life of a CDC disease detective. Hear how his interactions with other EIS officers motivated him to join EIS, his advice to potential applicants, and how an officer must rise to the challenge in order to solve public health problems.

From Physician to EIS Officer

During the 2019 Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) conference in Atlanta, GA, EIS officer Kendra McDow (MD, MPH) shared some insights into her life as a CDC disease detective. Of her experience as an EIS officer, she said, “I was motivated to join EIS because of my interest and desire to take my skills as a pediatrician and apply that on a national level. And through public health you can do that; you can make an impact on a national level.”

Behind the Scenes of an Investigation with EIS Officer Erin Blau

Learn about the compelling investigative work and personal experiences of an EIS officer in this TED-style Talk, an engaging presentation format offered during the 2019 68th Annual Epidemic Intelligence Service Conference. In this video, Class of 2018 EIS officer Erin Blau, DNP, MSN, addresses Unprotected Vaccine, Unprotected Public: Striking a Balance Between Access and Safety, a multi-state outbreak of more than 100 non-tuberculous mycobacterium (NTM) infections caused when a company mishandled vaccines. Find more on this investigation in the conference digital press kit.

Behind the Scenes of an Investigation with EIS Officer Howard Chiou

Learn about the compelling investigative work and personal experiences of an EIS officer in this TED-style Talk, an engaging presentation format offered during the 2019 68th Annual Epidemic Intelligence Service Conference. In this video, Class of 2018 EIS officer Howard Chiou, MD, PhD, MS, addresses Patrol Cars as Vehicles for Public Health: Partnering with Police in a Wound Botulism Outbreak Response, describing how a partnership with law enforcement officers in Los Angeles helped stop an outbreak of wound botulism among people who use drugs. Find more on this investigation in the conference digital press kit.

Behind the Scenes of an Investigation with EIS Alum Ann Marie Kimball

Hear a historical reflection on the investigative work and personal experiences of the first ever TED-style Talk given by an EIS alum at the Epidemic Intelligence Service Conference. In this video, Class of 1977 EIS alum Ann Marie Kimball, MD, MPH, FACPM, addresses What Does Gender Have to Do with It? Cholera in Bahrain—1978. Learn about other EIS investigations in the conference digital press kit.

Behind the Scenes of an Investigation with EIS Officer Erin Moritz

Learn about the compelling investigative work and personal experiences of an EIS officer in this TED-style Talk, an engaging presentation format offered during the 2019 68th Annual Epidemic Intelligence Service Conference. In this video, Class of 2017 EIS officer Erin Moritz, PhD, MS, addresses Sexy Monkey, White Tiger, and Blue Giant, Oh My! Navigating an Outbreak Linked to Illicit Substances, describing a complex response to an outbreak of severe bleeding associated with synthetic cannabinoids in Illinois. Learn about other EIS investigations in the conference digital press kit.

Behind the Scenes of an Investigation with EIS Officer Guillermo Sanchez

Learn about the compelling investigative work and personal experiences of an EIS officer in this TED-style Talk, an engaging presentation format offered during the 2019 68th Annual Epidemic Intelligence Service Conference. In this video, Class of 2018 EIS officer Guillermo Sanchez, MPH, MS, addresses Breaking into an Alabama Prison to Stop a Meningitis Outbreak, an EIS officer’s experience tackling a meningitis outbreak at a state prison in rural Alabama. Learn about other EIS investigations in the conference digital press kit.

The Disease Detectives Stop Outbreaks at Their Source

After two category 5 hurricanes hit the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2017, the immediate aftermath left buildings destroyed and neighborhoods flooded. But another, less visible, threat left local health officials very concerned. After traces of the bacterial infection leptospirosis were found on the island of Saint Croix, officials called on CDC’s disease detectives from the Epidemic Intelligence Service to help investigate and address the issue.

EIS: Transforming Careers & Making a Difference Globally

CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officers share their fellowship experiences, with the feature story focusing on how the EIS program has empowered him, as a physician, to impact the health of populations.

Disease Detectives Share Experiences and Career Paths

Watch CDC’s Facebook Live recording and hear from a panel of CDC’s disease detectives as they discuss their experiences working on outbreaks and their career paths to the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) and Laboratory Leadership Service (LLS). (Live event aired on May 18, 2018.)

Behind the Scenes of an Investigation with EIS Officer Sarah Luna

Learn about the compelling investigative work and personal experiences of an EIS officer in this TED-style Talk, an engaging new presentation format offered for the first time during the 2018 67th Annual Epidemic Intelligence Service Conference. In this video, Class of 2016 EIS officer Sarah Luna, PhD, addresses Food Behind Bars: When Food Safety Isn’t Enough. Find more on this investigation in the 2018 conference digital press kit.

Behind the Scenes of an Investigation with EIS Officer Molly Evans

Learn about the compelling investigative work and personal experiences of an EIS officer in this TED-style Talk, an engaging new presentation format offered for the first time during the 2018 67th Annual Epidemic Intelligence Service Conference. In this video, Class of 2016 EIS officer Molly Evans, MD, MPH, addresses The Untold Stories of Men Who Have Sex With Men in Rural America. Find more on this investigation in the 2018 conference digital press kit.

Behind the Scenes of an Investigation with EIS Officer Amy Lavery

Learn about the compelling investigative work and personal experiences of an EIS officer in this TED-style Talk, an engaging new presentation format offered for the first time during the 2018 67th Annual Epidemic Intelligence Service Conference. In this video, Class of 2017 EIS officer Amy Lavery, PhD, MSPH, addresses Crowdsourcing Geographic Information Systems: Halting the Spread of Polio in Somalia. Find more on this investigation in the 2018 conference digital press kit.

EIS officer: What I Do & How Much I Make

Dr. Matthew Goers (EIS Class of 2017) shares how he uses his medical training and passion in his joint roles as a CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service officer and a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service. [Part 1 of 2external icon]

EIS officer: How I Got My Job & Where I’m Going

Dr. Matthew Goers (EIS Class of 2017) explains the education and training he pursued to become a CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service officer and career paths that lead to work opportunities at CDC. [Part 2 of 2external icon]

CDC Disease Detectives’ Show & Tell: Field Gear

Hear from several of CDC’s disease detectives, one of whom is a class of 2016 EIS officer, Sarah Guagliardo (10:08-13:15), as they show their gear and explain how they use it in the field during outbreak investigations. [See the Gear the CDC’s Disease Detectives Use in the Fieldexternal icon]

Podcasts
Interview with CDC's Principal Deputy Director: Once a Disease Detective, Always a Disease Detective
Anne Schuchat, MD (RADM, USPHS)

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Learn how CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officers—known as disease detectives—responded during the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak in 2003 in this NPR podcast interview with CDC’s Principal Deputy Director, Anne Schuchat, MD. Beginning with her time as an EIS officer in the class of 1988, she has played key roles in CDC emergency responses including the 2009 H1N1 pandemic influenza response, the 2003 SARS outbreak, the 2001 bioterrorist anthrax response, and others. Schuchat has served as CDC’s principal deputy director since September 2015 and served as acting CDC director in 2017 and 2018.

Interview with the chief of CDC's Epidemic Intelligence Service
Doctor Eric Pevner

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Learn about CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS), including the open application period and selection process, through the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Epidemiology Section podcast interview with Eric Pevzner, Chief of the EIS program. Hear about the impact of the service provided by these disease detectives during their 2-year experiential fellowship, and find out about other fellowship and internship opportunities at CDC.

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