Medical Microbiology is concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of infectious diseases. For identification and treatment of an infectious agent patient samples are analysed in a medical microbiology laboratory. In the first three weeks of this skill training you will get acquainted with the basic microbiological techniques such as, microbial culture, biochemical tests, antimicrobial resistance, and molecular characterisation. In the subsequent weeks, you will each analyse a potential outbreak for which you will need to determine the infectious agent, analyse the antimicrobial resistance pattern to propose therapy as well as the genetic composition of the micro-organism in order to determine genetic relatedness. For this you will use the techniques that you have learned in the previous weeks. Finally you will need to present your results in a practical report.
In this skill training you will perform microbiological tests such as a variety of biochemical and molecular methods that enable you to identify an infectious agent and genetic relatedness in case of an outbreak.