Medical microbiology is the branch of medical science concerned with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases. In addition, this field of science studies various clinical applications of microbes for the improvement of health. There are four kinds of micro organisms that cause infectious disease: bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses and one type of infectious protein called Prion.
A medical microbiologist studies the characteristics of pathogens, their modes of transmission, mechanism of infection and growth. Using this information, a treatment can be revised.
Medical microbiologist often serves as consultant of physician, providing identification of pathogen and suggesting treatment option.
Atudying Applied and Clinical Microbiology gives opportunity for specialized study in the field of medical & clinical microbiology. Candidates who successfully complete studies in Applied and Clinical Microbiology course may obtain jobs as
- Specialized technologist in Microbiology or supervisors of clinical laboratories in hospitals.
- Laboratory scientists in Biomedical and research institutes.
- Teachers in training institutes of Medical Laboratory Technology/graduate & post graduate programme of microbiology & related areas.
- Utilize or apply the concepts, theories and principles of laboratory science.
- Demonstrate the ability to plan an effect the change in laboratory practice and health care delivery system.
- Establish collaborative relationship with members of other disciplines.
- Demonstrate interest in continued learning and research for personal and professional advancement.
- Be able to interpret or guide the development of medical diagnostics in need locally and cheaply
- Be able to manage and guide appropriately equipped and staffed clinical microbiology laboratories
- Be a highly skilled human resource for the emerging pharmaceutical/medical industry
- Be able to participate in supervised or team-research in universities, industry or government
- Demonstrate advanced knowledge in the fields of Clinical Microbiology and Immunology, with excellent skills to teach and communicate this knowledge
- Demonstrate independent critical and analytical thinking, both within their field of study, and beyond, for the use of their knowledge for service to others.
- Be able to guide patient care and the public on the pathology, pathogenesis and clinical manifestation, mode of transmission, prevention and current control methods for infections of public health importance.