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Medical Mycology

 Medical Mycology (4344-09) Medical mycology is a vast and highly specialized area and is an integral part of medical technology. There are over one million species of fungi existing in nature; only a few hundred of them are clinically important, although many fungal species are capable of causing infection under certain circumstances. We've built on the success of our existing mycology course by expanding direct microscopy, and by changing the focus from the academic to the practical by dealing with actual clinical cases that arise in the workplace. Version Date: April 2009

Code 4344-09
Level Advanced

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PEP hours: 63
CPS credits: 4.2
Level: Advanced
Course Type: Intensive
Start Date: April 1 and October 1
Completion: 16 weeks
Delivery: Online via E-Learning Society
Prerequisites: Expertise in microbiology and some experience in mycology is an asset. For those without experience in mycology, we recommend you take Yeasts and Actinomycetes (4655-08) first.
Textbook: N/A
Equipment: Computer with Internet is required
Learning Outcomes:
  • Explain the clinical importance of fungi
  • Select the appropriate personal protective equipment to use, including safety cabinets
  • Detect fungi in direct Gram smears of clinical specimens and interpret results from KOH, Fungi-Fluor and Calcofluor White
  • Differentiate septate hyphae, aseptate hyphae, pseudohyphae and dematiaceous fungi based on structures observed under the microscope
  • Describe structures such as conidia, conidiogenous cells and their role in identification
  • Define the terms saprophyte, opportunistic, hyalohyphomycosis, phaeohyphomycosis and dimorphism
  • Isolate, process and identify clinically relevant fungi from clinical specimens using procedures used in the mycology laboratory to work up specimens
  • Classify clinical isolates as pathogens, opportunistic organisms, saprophytes or laboratory contaminants
  • Provide meaningful interpretive analysis of fungi
Author/Instructor: Subhash Mohan, BSc, ART
Version Date: April 2009