Laboratory Diagnosis of Fungal Infections:
The Last Course
November 16–18, 2011
Kahler Grand Hotel
Introduction by course director, Glenn D. Roberts, Ph.D.
If you do not see the video, please install the latest Adobe® Flash® player.
This conference is designed to introduce basic clinical mycology to those not acquainted with the field. Technologists/microbiologists will be able to recognize fungi in clinical specimens; identify common filamentous fungi and yeasts; interpret fungal serologic test results, understand the use of antifungal susceptibility testing and become familiar with molecular methods as they apply to patient care.
Case presentations will illustrate the selection of appropriate clinical specimens; use of appropriate laboratory testing and importance of communication between the laboratorian and physician. Participants will gain an appreciation for this discipline that has a direct impact on patient care.
At the end of this conference, participants should be able to:
- Demonstrate specimen collection methods that ensure recovery of fungi from patient’s specimens
- Interpret the microscopic morphologic features of fungi commonly found in clinical specimens
- Identify and differentiate the most commonly encountered yeasts and molds seen in the clinical laboratory
- Translate how fungal serologic, antifungal susceptibility testing and molecular methods play a role in patient care
- Evaluate the importance of quality laboratory diagnostic skills to patient care
This conference would be beneficial to persons from clinical laboratories of any size, who are beginners in mycology involved with the recovery and identification of fungi in clinical specimens. A review of common fungi will be presented in conjunction with laboratory demonstrations of cultures and microscopic preparations.
Attendance at this Mayo course does not indicate nor guarantee competence or proficiency in the performance of any procedures which may be discussed or taught in this course.