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Clinical Microbiology

Two to four weeks will be spent in the clinical microbiology laboratory with intensive instruction and hands-on experience with a clinical microbiologist.  In addition, twice-weekly medical micro tutorials occur for Team 1 members; all fellows are invited.

Goals and Objectives

By the end of this rotation, the fellow is expected to:

  • Understand and recommend various methods of appropriately collecting and transporting various specimen
  • Be competent in microscopic examination of specimen
  • Understand various staining and culturing techniques for a variety of bacterial, mycobacterial, fungal, and viral pathogens, and the principles and appropriateness of molecular diagnostic techniques
  • Be able to interpret susceptibility data, and limitations of testing
  • Understand mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance

Teaching Methods

Daily plate rounds with the Clinical Microbiology Lab: Complete bench rotations on checklist. Work with pathology resident on service to organize Micro tutorials with the ID consult Team 1.

Microbiology lecture block, monthly Pathology Department micro conference.