Microbiological diagnosis of infectious diseases in a hospital.
Spain (IFMSA-SPAIN)-University of Pais Vasco, Pais Vasco
Department of Immunology, Microbiology and Parasitology
Ramon Cisterna Cancer
Ramon Cisterna Cancer
English or Spanish
4 weeks
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Type of Research Project
- Clinical Project with Laboratory work
What is the background of the project?
Basurto Hospital is a general hospital with approximately 800 beds. This hospital, located in Bilbao, is one of the mains hospitals of the Basque Health Service (Osakidetza).
What is the aim of the project?
The student will stay in the Microbiology Service of the Basurto Hospital learning about clinical microbiology tests of value in establishing an etiological diagnosis of infections. The student will take part in the diagnostic process with the tutorial of an expert, from the usefulness and management of clinical specimens processing for the microbiological diagnosis of infectious diseases either acquired in the community or hospital-acquired to the interpretation of microbiology tests results.
What techniques and methods are used?
1. Basic and conventional methods for microbiological diagnosis of bacteria, virus, fungal and parasites. The techniques employed include: aerobic and anaerobic bacterial culture and identification, viral culture and identification, fungal culture and identification, antigen detection. 2. Immunological techniques: direct immunofluorescence, indirect immunofluorescence, serological diagnosis. 3. Molecular methods for laboratory diagnosis of infectious diseases applied to the diagnosis of tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases, hepatitis, VIH infection, parasitic infections... 4. Conventional and molecular techniques for the detection of resistant microorganisms to the antimicrobial drugs.
What is the role of the student?
- The student will observe the practical experiments but will be highly involved in the analysis of the results
- The tasks will be done under supervision
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
The student will learn which tests are valuable and in which contexts, and tests that add little or no value for diagnostic decisions, including Bloodstream Infections and Infections of the Cardiovascular System, Central Nervous System Infections, Ocular Infections, Soft Tissue Infections of the Head and Neck, Upper Respiratory Infections, Lower Respiratory Tract infections, Infections of the Gastrointestinal Tract, Intraabdominal Infections, Bone and Joint Infections, Urinary Tract Infections, Genital Infections, and Skin and Soft Tissue Infections.
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
- No specific outcome is expected
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
Type of students accepted
This project accepts:
- Medical students
- Graduated students (less than 6 months)
- Students in biomedical fields
- a: A Guide to Utilization of the Microbiology Laboratory for Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases: 2013 Recommendations by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the American Society for Microbiology (ASM)a