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  1. 1. Welcome to Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Paul A. Gulig, Ph.D. Course Director
  2. 2. IT'S ON THE WEB! <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>incorporating ModCore </li></ul>
  3. 3. Overview <ul><li>The Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Course is designed to give the prospective physician an understanding of the basic biology of microbial pathogens and the mechanisms by which they cause disease . The course will also give the prospective physician knowledge of the signs and symptoms of major infectious diseases and practice in developing differential diagnoses and fundamentals of treatment and prevention for these diseases. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Educational Philosophy <ul><li>We believe that by understanding the basic structure and biology of pathogenic microorganisms and the principles of microbial pathogenesis, students will be able to better prevent, diagnose, and treat infectious diseases .  We believe that students learn best and teachers teach best in an atmosphere of mutual respect and caring .  Moreover, student interest should be nurtured and encouraged by acquainting students with the underlying scientific principles through a variety of teaching modalities, many of which originate with patient problems .  Lastly, we hope to foster, by example, the qualities of curiosity, industry, and compassion. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Lectures <ul><li>1. Lectures and clinical correlations in virology (4 weeks) </li></ul><ul><li>2. Lectures and clinical correlations in bacteriology (7 weeks) </li></ul><ul><li>3. Lectures and clinical correlations in mycology & parasitology (1 week) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Online Assignments <ul><li>&quot;Bugs&quot; cases ( </li></ul><ul><li>Self instructional web pages of patient cases, designed to integrate virology, bacteriology, mycology, and parasitology and to give the student practice in recognizing the signs and symptoms of and developing differential diagnoses for specific infectious diseases. </li></ul><ul><li>In response to your predecessors' comments, most cases are optional and serve as reinforcement. </li></ul><ul><li>Some assigned cases will have unique testable material – clearly labeled. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Online Assignments <ul><li>Virtual Microbiology Lab ( </li></ul><ul><li>Same methods, interpretation, and thought processes as real wet lab </li></ul><ul><li>Highly relevant to standardized exams </li></ul>
  8. 8. Small group discussions <ul><li>Three &quot;Current Topics in Microbiology&quot; </li></ul><ul><ul><li>students read original medical research literature </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>present issues </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Five Infectious Disease faculty-led &quot;Clinical Microbiological Conferences&quot; </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online pre-conference homework </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student presentation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Essay exam questions </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. 60:40 <ul><li>60% = Basic Science/Pathogenesis </li></ul><ul><li>40% = Diagnosis/Treatment </li></ul>&quot;Minutiae&quot;
  10. 10. My Job <ul><li>Research </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bacterial Pathogenesis – Vibrio vulnificus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Detection of Pathogens </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Teaching </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Medical Students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Graduate Students </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Administration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic Status Committee </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Course Director </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Institutional Biosafety Committee </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promotion and Tenure Committee </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emerging Pathogens Institute </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Educational Philosophy <ul><li>Educational experience not limited to our spoken words, handouts, and PowerPoints </li></ul><ul><li>Education does not stop with final exam </li></ul>
  12. 12. Educational Philosophy <ul><li>Self education important </li></ul><ul><li>Now and forever </li></ul>
  13. 13. Professor ≠ Google Professor ≠ Textbook Professor ≠ Encyclopedia
  14. 14. Questions <ul><li>Basic Fact </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Look it up first </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Deeper understanding – relationships </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus issue with what you know </li></ul></ul><ul><li>After class/email </li></ul><ul><ul><li>corrections/clarifications on web </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. &quot;ISSUES&quot; <ul><li>We are fair </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We're not out to get you </li></ul></ul><ul><li>We make mistakes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>dropping exam questions or alternative answers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>appeal process: scratch paper, time limited </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ambiguity/disagreements </li></ul><ul><ul><li>between our faculty </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>between our courses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>out there </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Corrections on web </li></ul>
  16. 16. Textbooks <ul><li>Schaechter's Mechanisms of Microbial Disease, Fourth Edition.   Online access.  Required self-study from the text, and questions regarding factual material directly from the text will initially be directed to the text. </li></ul><ul><li>Infectious Diseases – A Clinical Short Course by F.S. Southwick.  Clinical Microbiology Conferences are based on material in this book, as are several clinical correlation lectures.  Preparatory online assignments and class electronic quizzes are based on pre-reading this text for specific lectures. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Textbooks <ul><li>Recommended Examination & Board Reviews </li></ul><ul><li>Medical Microbiology & Immunology, by Levinson and Jawetz (Appleton and Lange) </li></ul><ul><li>NOT Microbiology made ridiculously easy. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Student Performance Criteria <ul><li>Summative Evaluation: Three exams and a final exam </li></ul><ul><li>Final exam = NBME Microbiology subject exam + our own </li></ul><ul><li>Formative Evaluation: Old exams online </li></ul>
  19. 19. Exams <ul><li>TEST % of Grade </li></ul><ul><li>Exam I: Virology 25% </li></ul><ul><li>Exam II: Bacteriology 1 22.5% </li></ul><ul><li>Exam III: Bacteriology 2 22.5% </li></ul><ul><li>Exam IV: Mycology and Parasitology 10% </li></ul><ul><li>Final Exam: NBME Subject (curved) 20% </li></ul>
  20. 20. Grading <ul><li>PERCENTAGE LETTER GRADE 92 and above A 84 - 91.99 B 75 - 83.99 C 70 - 74.99 D 69.99 and below F </li></ul><ul><li>Pluses discretionary </li></ul>
  21. 21. Competencies <ul><li>1.  Medical knowledge :       A.  Core Discipline Competencies and Objectives ( exams ) </li></ul><ul><li>B.  Problem Solving:  </li></ul><ul><li> Clinical Microbiology Conferences . </li></ul><ul><li>2.  Practice Based Learning Competencies :     A.  Physician Scholar Competency: </li></ul><ul><li>Current Topics in Microbiology </li></ul><ul><li>3.  Professionalism </li></ul>
  22. 22. Professionalism <ul><li>Cheating </li></ul><ul><li>Disruptive behavior (late, noisy, distractive) </li></ul><ul><li>Disrespect and abuse </li></ul><ul><li>Etc. </li></ul>
  23. 23. ¿Habla Español? <ul><li>Microbiology is a new language </li></ul><ul><li>Only course not focused on human body </li></ul><ul><li>Not a grid of facts </li></ul><ul><li>Stories of patient-pathogen relationships </li></ul>
  24. 24. Questions/Comments
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