Medical Microbiology and Immunology

Fall and Spring Semester

Medical Microbiology and Immunology I and II (4 Credit Hours each semester)

The purpose of this course will be to apply the foundation of knowledge gained from the basic immunology and microbiology course in the first year to our understanding of the pathogenesis of infectious disease, the role of the immune system in protection from infections, and the immunopathological mechanisms responsible for inflammatory injury in both infectious and noninfectious situations. Our focus will be on the most clinically relevant information and will be guided by those topics that are important to the organ system module under study.

Because infectious disease and the inflammatory mechanisms of the immune system are primarily responsible for a great number of pathological conditions, topics covered in this course will overlap with those covered in the Pathology and Clinical Systems courses. Our focus, however, will be to develop an understanding of the different microbiological and immunopathological mechanisms that are at the very heart of these pathologies, and how these mechanisms relate to the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

The Medical Microbiology and Immunology course will contribute to the student’s mastery of a number of the core competencies of an effective osteopathic physician, including Medical Knowledge and Patient Care. The Medical Knowledge gained from the study inflammatory and infectious disease in each of the organ systems covered this semester will become the basis upon which the student will understand fully the relationship between the patient’s presentation/diagnosis/treatment and the etiology and pathogenesis of their disease. It will also be knowledge and understanding that the student will draw upon to educate the patient of the specifics of their condition. Finally, as in any course, we will consistently strive to model professional behavior and use time together in the classroom to demonstrate and practice effective interpersonal and communication skills. Assessment and feedback of the student’s mastery of these competencies will primarily be through formative in-class assessment and discussion, and summative medical board style multiple-choice exams.