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School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Integrated Health Sciences (IHS)
Parasitology and Mycology
Parasitology and Mycology
Fall 2017
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Principles and procedures involved in the diagnosis of parasitic and fungal infections; disease causation, specimen collection and handling, laboratory identification, and treatment of medically significant fungi and parasites. Proctor fee.
1. Describe the appropriate collection and transport procedures for specimens used in the diagnosis of a specific parasitic or fungal disease

2. Describe the appropriate storage conditions and times to insure specimen integrity

3. Identify safety procedures and protocols for working with parasites and fungi in the clinical laboratory

4. Discuss the following characteristics of the parasites and fungi presented in the course:
a. Correct expression and spelling of species names (Genus species) will be used
b. Pathogenicity
c. Types of infections, .including body sites
d. Diagnostic features
e. Life cycles: including natural reservoirs, primary and secondary hosts and accidental hosts
f. Epidemiological factors: geography, age, race, dietary habits, personal hygiene, presence of other diseases or immune-deficiencies, etc.

5. Describe macroscopic and microscopic methods used to visualize the organism in clinical material

6. Discuss the following microscopic techniques:
a. For parasites: stained and unstained wet mounts and permanent stains such as trichrome
b. For fungi: wet preparations, including KOH, India ink and unstained
c. For fungi: tease mount and slide culture
d. For fungi: stained slides including acid-fast, Lactophenol cotton blue and calcoflor white

7. Outline the steps necessary to identifying the parasitic infections covered in course materials, including:
a. Affected body site
b. Patient Hx
c. Macroscopic appearance
d. Microscopic appearance: size, shape, internal structure

8. Identify the parasites covered in course materials in photographs and/or drawings of wet preps and stained preparations

9. Compare and contrast the molds and yeasts covered in course materials

10. Identify and describe cultivation methods for pathogenic fungi

11. Outline and describe the characteristics necessary to identify fungi, including:
a. Body site
b. Colony morphology
c. Microscopic morphology
d. Growth requirements
e. Biochemical reactions and other test methods

12. Identify fungi in photographs of culture growth and microscopic morphologies

13. Recognize anti-parasitic and anti-fungal therapeutic agents
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