Clinical Microbiology Elective
Preceptor: Maria Aguero-Rosenfeld, MD
Course Code: 12-07
The medical student elective in clinical microbiology is intended to provide a practical experience in the setting of the diagnostic laboratory. The elective is especially designed to familiarize the student with the potentials and limitations of the clinical microbiology laboratory. The student is assigned to various sections of the laboratory where they are provided with the supporting literature for each of the diagnostic tests performed, which will be discussed in daily meetings with the Director of the laboratory. The student is expected to become familiar with the principles and interpretations of the various tests. Topics covered include; bacteriology, molecular diagnostics, mycology, antibiotic testing, special microbiology and diagnostic immunology.
Objectives of the Elective
The clinical microbiology elective is designed around the basic rotations available for selection by the Department of Pathology residents in Clinical Pathology. For the medical student it is specifically intended to provide an opportunity to observe the clinical microbiology laboratory in operation and acquire the skills necessary to perform many of the procedures independently.
Key Responsibilities of the student while on Elective
The student is assigned to each section of the laboratory for a period of several days or more. During this time they are provided with the reference manuals for each of the diagnostic tests performed in that section, and are expected to become familiar with the principles and practice of the test methods. As a daily bench practicum, this is an experience, in which they are apprenticed to a senior technologist, and is intended primarily to be a learning aid. Assigned areas include; bacteriology, molecular diagnostics, mycology, serology, mycobacteriology, parasitology, antibitotic testing, special microbiology and diagnostic immunology.
The student is expected to participate in the clinical rounds and conferences germane to clinical microbiology, i.e. weekly adult and pediatric infectious disease conferences, daily infectious disease (adult or pediatric) infectious disease attending rounds, and other conferences as may arise. A series of formal lectures specific to the rotations are offered through clinical pathology rounds (weekly). A wide range of teaching material is available, including but not limited to kodachromes, prepared slides, and preserved specimens. An encyclopedic collection of reprints, texts and technical manuals is readily available. Perhaps the richest resource, however, is the considerable volume and breath of the clinical material which passes through the microbiology laboratories.
Method of Evaluation
The director of the laboratory will meet with the student daily so as to define the aims of each rotation and gauge the students grasp of the subject matter.
Months Offered: All year except July
Report To: Contact preceptor
Students Per Period: To be determined by preceptor
Duration: Four weeks
Application Process for Visiting Students
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