University of Pittsburgh

 

Fundamentals of Basic Science

Medical Microbiology
MS-1

February 20, 2018-March 23, 2018
28 half days

Course Director
Bruce McClane, PhD
Professor
Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
bamcc@pitt.edu

Course Director
Peter Veldkamp, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Medicine
pjv4@pitt.edu

 

Course Description

This course introduces basic concepts of infectious disease.

The goals of the course are are for students to gain a basic knowledge and understanding of:

  1. microbial diagnosis (the basis, sensitivity, and limitations of clinical diagnostic tests).
  2. etiology (infectious agents responsible, differential diagnoses – infectious or not).
  3. epidemiology (transmission, susceptibility, patterns).
  4. pathogenesis (how the organisms cause disease).
  5. symptoms (symptoms that help in diagnosis, how these symptoms relate to disease).
  6. prevention (vaccines, hand washing, etc.).
  7. treatment (drug or other treatment options).
  8. complications (spectrum of disease, other complications of infection).

The 31 faculty are from 7 departments: Medicine (Division of Infectious Diseases), Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, Ophthalmology, Pathology, Pediatrics and Pharmacology.

Educational Methods

 

Lecture Virtual laboratories on the course website        
Laboratory Small-group problem-based learning cases        

 

Evaluation

Evaluation for this course is based on attendance and participation in laboratories and problem-based learning sessions and on a final multiple-choice examination.

Grading: This course comprises 52% of the grade for the Fundamentals of Basic Science Block, Section 3. The block section is graded Satisfactory, Unsatisfactory.

Faculty Note

Course Director Bruce McClane, PhD, is a recipient of the Kenneth E. Schuit Award Master Educator Award and multiple Excellence in Education Awards for Course Director. Course Director Peter Veldkamp, MD, is a recipient of the Kenneth E. Schuit Master Educator Award, multiple Excellence in Education Awards for Course Director, and the Clinical Educator of the Year Award. In addition, Dr. Veldkamp is a member of the UPSOM Academy of Master Educators.