Medical Microbiology & Parasitology

DEPARTMENTAL OBJECTIVES
The Department aims at presenting the subject of Medical Microbiolgy and Parasitology to the students, not only to build up their interest in these subjects which will be invaluable to them in their chosen profession, but also as applied science in relation to other disciplines in Laboratory Medicine and the Clinical Sciences, as the basis of clinical diagnosis, management and prevention of human diseases.

During their stay in the Department, students are trained under the major headings of Microbiolgy and Parasitology, defined as the presentation of the aetiological agents which include bacteria, viruses, mycoplasma, Chlamydia, fungi, protozoa, helminthes and arthropods responsible for human infections and/or infestations. Their biology, epidemiology, pathogenesis and relations to the human community will be emphasized.

Modes of diagnosis, using various identification techniques, such as visual, microscopy, staining preservation, culture, etc., will be taught so that the student becomes as familiar with these organisms as he would with his stethoscope.

MODE OF INSTRUCTION

  • Lectures
  • Traditional laboratory practical classes and routine diagnostic laboratory clerkship. Students are given the opportunity of processing clinical materials, aimed at ensuring proficiency in Gram Stain, ZN stain, examination of urine, faecal material and blood for protozoa and helminthes as well as identification of arthropods of medical importance.
  • Seminars and routine diagnostic laboratory clerkship with small groups of students are given during this programme.
  • In addition, a tutorial session of 4 hours per week is given.

ASSESSMENT OF STUDENTS
A continuous assessment system weighted at 30% of the aggregate works for the examination has been built into the system. At the end of the programme, students will have undergone four in-course assessments in the areas of Bacteriology, Parasitology, Virology/Immunology and Practicals before sitting for the 2nd Professional Examinations.

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