Overview of mycology

Thanks Josh Davis for this excellent two page summary. Study it to walk the fungal talk!

Davis overview of fungi and diseases 2014

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CDC Lab training videoclasses – easy instructions on accessing

There are a large number of valuable training classes available via CDC.  The access process is a little complicated and i have unpacked it in this document: ACCESSING THE CDC LAB COURSES

The set of 6 basic microbiology elements are excellent and are recommended within the PRIDA microbiology diploma.



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Video masterclass : respiratory plate reading

Guest posting: Dr Chris Ashhurst-Smith, Pathology North. Another excellent class from Chris. This was previously sitting at the end of the faeces reading video.

Part 5: Respiratory culture plate reading.  Video Felix Ferguson. 18 minutes.


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Clinical chemistry – post-graduate teaching presentations from RCPA group

Highly relevant teaching group for those of you who need to be clinical chemistry skilled!

Hunter Pathology Biochemistry training

The RCPA (Australian Pathology College) supports a weekly teleconferenced tutorial for all clinical chemistry trainees. The topics range from case reports to quite detailed reviews of testing issues and their clinical relevance.

The tutorials themselves go to air every Tuesday morning at 0800hr  (Australian Eastern Standard time).  If you wish to join these meetings, please email the co-ordinator Dr Altaf Alkhan (altafalkhanATgmail.com) who will provide you with the logon details.

The archived presentations are maintained on a secure googledocs site. For access, best to have a gmail address and contact Dr Altaf Alkhan (also copy please your email to me jkf999ATgmail.com), providing details of your current post-graduate status and teaching institution.


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UPNG MMED Revision week sessions – Sepsis, AMR, Antimicrobial stewardship and neurology

Here are the presentations from Drs Ferguson and Miteff at the 2019 sessions.



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Entamoeba histolytica

Note that if someone is a carrier (passes cysts of Entamoeba), then if they develop diarrhoea from some other cause, the cysts will form trophozoites – this does NOT mean the patient has amoebic dysentery!

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Antimicrobial susceptibility testing – video masterclasses – Fiona Courtney

  1. Consumables for AST –
  2. Set up of AST –
  3. Reading of the AST result –

Thank you Fiona for these excellent explanations!


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How to do a minor research thesis (for instance an M. Med study report)

Here is an excellent overview from Professor Trevor Duke who is a conjoint academic with UPNG.  Follow his advice when setting up the study and writing its report.

Abstract:  Many universities and colleges in low-income and middle-income countries require a masters dissertation or thesis for as part of postgraduate training, and some
colleges offer a 1-year to 2-year diploma of child health as a clinical qualification to enable skills in child health for generalists, or as part of the early phase of paediatric
training. This paper describes the stages of doing a research project for such a masters or diploma, and describes in detail how to write a minor thesis. The paper is designed to provide a practical approach for junior researchers, and their supervisors. Colleges differ in their formal requirements of a minor thesis (word count, line spacing, referencing style), but this paper outlines the principles and practical issues rarely covered elsewhere.

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Bacteriology 101

Pre-analytical issues

  • Correct indication for testing – concept of ‘diagnostic stewardship’
  • Patient identification and sample labelling
  • Correct specimen collection- avoid contamination- esp. blood culture
  • Correct transport and storage
  • Reject poor samples – sputum with no PMNs squames++, urinary catheters, wound drains, other

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Enzyme immunoassays (EIA) unpacked

There are many types of EIA used in microbiology and biochemistry.  Depending on the format of the test, some have alternative names such as ELISA and CLIA (chemoluminescent immunoassay). Continue reading

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