Molecular Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases Course
This 12-part course provides an introduction to molecular biology and an explanation of molecular diagnostic methods as they are used and encountered in the clinical microbiology laboratory. Participants will learn the basic nucleic acid chemistries and molecular amplification technologies and will gain knowledge of different topics related to molecular diagnostic testing. Specifically, the course will address issues related to starting a molecular diagnostic laboratory; selecting reagents and instruments for nucleic acid isolation, amplification and detection; developing and/or implementing molecular assays; validating and verifying assay performance; performing quality control; and applying molecular tests to the detection of various microbial pathogens of clinical importance. The course will end by highlighting the many technological advances in the field.
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Impact of New Microbiology Technology on Patient Outcomes
As diagnostic microbiology laboratories evolve from profit to cost centers in the era of declining reimbursements, the clinical microbiologist will need a better understanding of how technology can impact on the quality of patient care. In this course, we will explore the latest advances in technology for microbiology, some of the issues surrounding these methods, and the overall impact of these newer tests on patient care and health outcomes.
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