Welcome to Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Paul A. Gulig, Ph.D. Course Director
IT'S ON THE WEB!
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.
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.
1. Lectures and clinical correlations in virology (4 weeks)
2. Lectures and clinical correlations in bacteriology (7 weeks)
3. Lectures and clinical correlations in mycology & parasitology (1 week)
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.
In response to your predecessors' comments, most cases are optional and serve as reinforcement.
Some assigned cases will have unique testable material – clearly labeled.
Same methods, interpretation, and thought processes as real wet lab
Highly relevant to standardized exams
Small group discussions
Three "Current Topics in Microbiology"
students read original medical research literature
Five Infectious Disease faculty-led "Clinical Microbiological Conferences"
Online pre-conference homework
Essay exam questions
60% = Basic Science/Pathogenesis
40% = Diagnosis/Treatment
Bacterial Pathogenesis – Vibrio vulnificus
Detection of Pathogens
Academic Status Committee
Institutional Biosafety Committee
Promotion and Tenure Committee
Emerging Pathogens Institute
Educational experience not limited to our spoken words, handouts, and PowerPoints
Education does not stop with final exam
Self education important
Now and forever
Professor ≠ Google Professor ≠ Textbook Professor ≠ Encyclopedia
Look it up first
Deeper understanding – relationships
Focus issue with what you know
corrections/clarifications on web
We are fair
We're not out to get you
We make mistakes
dropping exam questions or alternative answers
appeal process: scratch paper, time limited
between our faculty
between our courses
Corrections on web
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.
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.
Recommended Examination & Board Reviews
Medical Microbiology & Immunology, by Levinson and Jawetz (Appleton and Lange)
NOT Microbiology made ridiculously easy.
Student Performance Criteria
Summative Evaluation: Three exams and a final exam
Final exam = NBME Microbiology subject exam + our own
Formative Evaluation: Old exams online
TEST % of Grade
Exam I: Virology 25%
Exam II: Bacteriology 1 22.5%
Exam III: Bacteriology 2 22.5%
Exam IV: Mycology and Parasitology 10%
Final Exam: NBME Subject (curved) 20%
PERCENTAGE LETTER GRADE 92 and above A 84 - 91.99 B 75 - 83.99 C 70 - 74.99 D 69.99 and below F
1. Medical knowledge : A. Core Discipline Competencies and Objectives ( exams )
B. Problem Solving:
Clinical Microbiology Conferences .
2. Practice Based Learning Competencies : A. Physician Scholar Competency: