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Medical Microbiology

The medical microbiology course is designed to provide the student with insight into the fundamentals of microbiology and immunology with emphasis on their relationship to human biology and disease. Coursework is scheduled so that the topics carefully integrate with relevant material in both Pathology/Pathophysiology and Medical Pharmacology. The orientation of the course is toward an understanding of the biology of pathogenic microorganisms and the role of the human microbiome in preventing disease. The principles of microbial pathogenicity are therefore presented from the perspective of the agents and the several strategies they utilize to colonize successfully and to establish infection. The subjects covered are the basic properties of microorganisms, their physiology and genetics, the mode of action of antibiotic and chemotherapeutic agents at the cellular level, mechanisms of antibiotic resistance, and the biologic and immunologic responses of the host to infections. Emphasis is placed on nosocomial infections and emerging and re-emerging diseases global health issues and the role of the human microbiome in health and disease. Integration of lectures, laboratory work, visual aids, self-study, group discussions and clinical correlations help students learn the concepts and techniques essential to diagnose, treat and prevent infectious disease.

Required Reading for Medical Microbiology

The Immune System 4/e

Call Number: Main Collection QW504 P229i 2015

Print ONLY.

A Photographic Atlas for the Microbiology Laboratory 4/e

Call Number: Main Collection QW17 L447p 2011

Print ONLY.

Library Study Resources for Microbiology

Case Files Microbiology 3/e

Call Number: Main Collection QW18.2 C337 2015

Print and online versions available.

Board Review Series: Microbiology and Immunology 6/e

Call Number: Main Library QW18.2 H396m 2014

Print ONLY.

Rapid Review: Microbiology and Immunology 3/e

Call Number: Main Collection QW18.2 R815m 2011

Print ONLY.

PreTest: Microbiology 14/e

​Call Number: Main Collection QW18.2 M6266 2014

Print ONLY.

First Aid for the Basic Sciences 3/e

Chapter 3 covers immunology, and Chapter 4 covers Microbiology. 

Online ONLY.