Aim of this module
This module will provide the trainee with knowledge and understanding of fungal and parasitic infections and their role in health and disease, including the role of the clinical microbiology laboratory. In the work-based module they will be expected to apply this knowledge as they perform and interpret a range of clinical and laboratory investigations used in the diagnosis and management of fungal and parasitic diseases, including health and safety issues and the reporting of results in the correct clinical context.
1. Receive, process and store clinical and environmental specimens referred for mycology investigation in line with health and safety and laboratory procedures.
2. Perform clinical and laboratory investigation of fungal diseases, including management, health and safety issues and the reporting of results in the correct clinical context.
3. Perform clinical and laboratory investigation parasitic diseases, including management, health and safety issues, and the reporting of results in the correct clinical context.
4. Interpret and report on clinical and laboratory investigations and management of parasitic and fungal diseases.
5. Work in partnership with other clinical specialisms in the investigation and management of fungal and parasitic diseases.
6. Comply with quality management system in the laboratory (and point of care) associated with investigation of the pathogens related to this module.
|Number||Work-based learning outcome||Title||Knowledge|
Receive, process and store clinical and environmental specimens referred for mycology investigation, to include:
Perform assays to investigate endemic fungal infections.
Perform clinical and laboratory investigations of superficial fungal infections of:
Perform assays for parasitology investigations, including:
Interpret and report the results of the laboratory investigation of patients being investigated for fungal infection.
Advise on management of fungal infection.
Recommend management of endemic parasitic infections.
Interpret and report the results of the laboratory investigation of patients being investigated for parasitic infection.
Perform quality assurance and quality control tasks within the laboratory in the investigation of parasitic and fungal infections (including the monitoring the effectiveness of therapeutic agents).
|You must complete|
|2 Case-based discussion(s)|
|2 of the following DOPS / OCEs|
|Pepare, examine and identify gastrointestinal parasites in five stool samples using light microscopy||DOPS|
|Prepare and examine ten thick and thin blood films for the diagnosis of malaria. Identify the species and percentage parasitaemia||DOPS|
|Prepare and examine blood films for the diagnosis and identification of blood parasites other than malaria.||DOPS|
|Identify dermatophytes using microscopy and culture||DOPS|
|Identify yeasts using microscopy, culture and commercially available systems||DOPS|
|Perform and interpret a malaria antigen detection assay||DOPS|
|Isolate and identify fungal isolates from clinically significant sites e.g. ENT, respiratory||DOPS|
|Under supervision obtain a patient history from a normal volunteer or typical patient referred to your service and present the findings to a colleague or peer||OCE|
|Participate in a multidisciplinary clinical meeting ward round where the management of fungal infections in the immunocompomised is discussed||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. Describe the pathogenesis of important fungal and parasitic diseases.
2. Discuss the clinical presentation of patients with fungal and parasitic infections.
3. Describe and evaluate the clinical and laboratory investigation, diagnosis and management of patients with fungal and parasitic infections.
4. Describe the design, operation and performance of a range of techniques, including test selection used in the isolation and identification of fungi and parasites causing infectious disease.
5. Explain the relevant health and safety issues associated with fungal and parasite identification.
6. Evaluate the role of specialist microbiology laboratories in the investigation of patients with fungal or parasitic infection.
7. Describe and evaluate the partnership between the clinical microbiology laboratory and other clinical specialisms in the investigation and management of fungal and parasitic infections and patient care.