Aim of this module
This module will provide the trainee with the knowledge and understanding of the molecular pathology of infection. In the work-based module they will be expected to apply this knowledge as they learn to perform molecular methods used in microbiology and gain experience of the interpretation of patient results in a variety of clinical settings.
|Number||Work-based learning outcome||Title||Knowledge|
Interpret request forms and recommend the most appropriate investigation strategy to investigate molecular pathology samples.
Receive, process and store common molecular pathology specimens.
Perform and critically evaluate the results from a range of molecular assays used to detect and genotype micro-organisms, including:
Use manual, semi-automated and automated equipment deployed in the molecular pathology laboratory.
Conform to requirements for internal quality control (IQC) and external quality assessment (EQA) for molecular diagnostic testing.
Use laboratory and hospital information systems to identify and record patient demographics, clinical details and relevant laboratory results.
Produce basic interpretative reports on common molecular pathology investigations.
Control infection risks in accordance with departmental protocols.
Minimise risks and hazards in compliance with health and safety policies.
|You must complete|
|1 Case-based discussion(s)|
|1 of the following DOPS / OCEs|
|Receive a range of clinical samples, book them in to the appropriate IT system and select the appropriate investigations that are required||DOPS|
|Perform a nucleic acid extraction on a range of specimen types||DOPS|
|Perform and interpret a nucleic acid amplification test||DOPS|
|Perform and interpret nucleic acid sequencing||DOPS|
|Use laboratory IT systems for handling, processing and storage of patient data||DOPS|
|Perform and critically evaluate the results from a range of molecular assays used to detect, and genotype microoranisms. Evaluate the sensitivity and specificity of the assay||DOPS|
|An appropriate activity agreed with your Training Officer||OCE|
The academic parts of this module will be detailed and communicated to you by your university. Please contact them if you have questions regarding this module and its assessments. The module titles in your MSc may not be exactly identical to the work-based modules shown in the e-portfolio. Your modules will be aligned, however, to ensure that your academic and work-based learning are complimentary.
1. Explain the molecular pathology of important microbial infections.
2. Describe the design, operation and performance of a range of molecular investigations used in the detection and management of microbial infections.
3. Discuss and evaluate the role of molecular technology in the provision of information for management and treatment of microbial infections.
4. Describe and apply relevant health and safety issues associated with the molecular investigation of microbial infections.
5. Discuss and evaluate the appropriate quality management systems.
6. Discuss the partnership between the clinical microbiology laboratory and other clinical specialisms in the investigation of the molecular pathology of infection and patient care.