This is an advanced medical microbiology course built from courses taught in medical schools that examines the direct interactions between humans and microorganisms. Advanced principles will be introduced and then applied to the clinical relevance in four segments of the academic preparation for the students: bacteriology, virology, mycology and parasitology. This rigorous course includes major etiological agents responsible for global infectious diseases. Because the territory covered by infections and the host’s immune response expands each year, we focus on pathogenic mechanisms in order to foster a student’s ability to solve problems in their future career. Lastly, we hope to foster, by example, the qualities of curiosity, industry, and compassion.
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
- Acquire a foundation in the biology of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites that will serve as a basis for a continuing understanding of infectious diseases, including any new diseases that may arise.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the basic structure, physiology, and genetics of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites; the student will also be able to correlate the structure, physiology, and genetics of these microorganisms to the pathogenesis of the diseases they cause.
- Identify basic laboratory procedures used in the diagnosis of microbial diseases.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the pathogenesis of major infectious diseases, including their causative agents, immunology, and virulence mechanisms.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the signs and symptoms of major diseases caused by infectious microorganisms.
- Practice in developing differential diagnoses for major infectious diseases.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the principals of antimicrobial function.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of major infectious diseases.
- Identify and distinguish between the major clinical disease characteristics of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites.