Welcome

Welcome to microfungi.net which is a microscopy training course in 4 key modules, approved by theRoyal College of Pathologosts CPD/CME credits Royal Society of Pathologists for CPD and CME credits.

The course is designed to teach the identification of fungal infection by direct (wet) microscopy and by histology in a full range of tissue specimens. All that is required is a simple microscope. For histology you will learn how to make stains and correctly interpret them. The use of simple microscopy is a more rapid method than direct culture and often more effective. These skills will assist a rapid diagnosis of a fungal infection in a patient and improve the chances of early treatment.

An extensive  range of e-learning units, teaching basic microscopy, wet mounts, staining techniques and stain preparation in Modules 1 and 2. Module 3 teaches how to make a histological section, how to preserve the fungal  elements and tissue integrity by correct sample processing, through to identifying common and rare fungal  features in a diverse range of tissue samples. Module 4 covers advanced skills in histology for identification of uncommon and rare fungal diseases.

All of the modules are illustrated with many images and are supplemented with quizzes, tests and slide presentations. Modules 2, 3 and 4 have pre- and post- assessments and final assessment tests. Successful completion of each module (apart from Module 1, which is an introductory module) will allow the student to download a certificate accredited by the University of Manchester. Access to the course will also provide the user with a continuous reference source. 

In summary: 

Module 1 - Teaches basic microscopy, stain preparations and staining techniques

Module 2 - How to use basic microscopy methods on wet mounted samples from a wide diversity of human tissues (18 CPD/CME credits)

Module 3 - An introduction to Histology and identification of fungal elements in many human tissues (24 CPD/CME credits)

Module 4 - An advanced course to learn skills in microscopy and histology for the identification of uncommon and very rare fungal pathogens (30 CPD/CME credits)

NOTE those people who have received certificates prior to RCP CPD/CME approval are eligible for new certificates bearing the CPD/CME credits. We will be sending these out automatically but you can also apply for the new certificates via email to admin@microfungi.net 

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    Available courses

    • Health and safety
    • Staining techniques
    • The microscope
    • Glossary
    • Pre-course assessment
    • Sample collection
    • Preparation and processing of samples
    • Fungal structures
    • Superficial infections
    • Blood infections
    • Respiratory infections
    • Eye/ear infections
    • Mucosal infections
    • Deep tissue infections
    • Hints and tips
    • Practice assessments
    • Final assessment
    • Pre-course assessment
    • Creating histological sections
    • Sample processing
    • Identifying features
    • Inflammatory response
    • Cutaneous and subcutaneous infections
    • Mucosal infections
    • Respiratory infections
    • Deep tissue infections
    • Hints and tips
    • Practice assessments
    • Final assessment

    UNDER PRODUCTION

    • Pre-course assessment
    • Fungal Taxonomy and Classification
    • Identifying features 
    • Superficial infections
    • Cutaneous and subcutaneous infections
    • Mucosal infections
    • Respiratory infections
    • Deep tissue infections
    • Empiric management guide
    • Important laboratory aspects
    • Hints and tips
    • Practice assessments
    • Final assessment
    • Salud y seguridad
    • Técnicas de tinción
    • El microscopio
    • Glosario
    • Examen de conocimientos previos
    • Recogida de muestras
    • Preparación y procesamiento de muestras
    • Estructuras fúngicas
    • Infecciones superficiales
    • Infecciones de la sangre
    • Infecciones respiratorias
    • Infecciones del ojo o del oído
    • Infecciones de las mucosas
    • Infecciones de los tejidos blandos
    • Consejos y sugerencias
    • Exámenes prácticos
    • Examen final
    • Examen de conocimientos previos
    • Obtención de secciones histológicas
    • Procesamiento de muestras
    • Identificación de características
    • Respuesta inflamatoria
    • Infecciones cutáneas y subcutáneas
    • Infecciones de las mucosas
    • Infecciones respiratorias
    • Infecciones de los tejidos blandos
    • Consejos y sugerencias
    • Exámenes prácticos
    • Examen final

    EN PRODUCCIÓN

    • Examen de conocimientos previos
    • Taxonomía y clasificación fúngica
    • Identificación de características
    • Infecciones superficiales
    • Infecciones cutáneas y subcutáneas
    • Infecciones de las mucosas
    • Infecciones respiratorias
    • Infecciones de los tejidos blandos
    • Guía de gestión empírica
    • Aspectos importantes del laboratorio
    • Consejos y sugerencias
    • Exámenes prácticos
    • Examen final
    • Santé et sécurité
    • Techniques de coloration
    • Le microscope
    • Glossaire
    • Évaluation préliminaire
    • Prélèvement des échantillons
    • Préparation et traitement des échantillons
    • Structures fongiques
    • Infections superficielles
    • Infections du sang
    • Infections respiratoires
    • Infections oculaires/auriculaires
    • Infections des muqueuses
    • Infections tissulaires profondes
    • Conseils
    • Évaluations pratiques
    • Évaluation finale
    • Évaluation préliminaire
    • Production de coupes histologiques
    • Traitement des échantillons
    • Identification des structures
    • Réponse inflammatoire
    • Infections cutanées et sous-cutanées
    • Infections des muqueuses
    • Infections respiratoires
    • Infections tissulaires profondes
    • Conseils
    • Évaluations pratiques
    • Évaluation finale

    EN COURS DE PRODUCTION

    • Évaluation préliminaire
    • Taxonomie et classification des champignons
    • Identification des structures
    • Infections superficielles
    • Infections cutanées et sous-cutanées
    • Infections des muqueuses
    • Infections respiratoires
    • Infections tissulaires profondes
    • Guide empirique de prise en charge
    • Aspects importants concernant le laboratoire
    • Conseils
    • Évaluations pratiques
    • Évaluation finale
    • Saúde e segurança
    • Técnicas de coloração
    • O microscópio
    • Glossário
    • Avaliação pré-curso
    • Recolha de amostras
    • Preparação e processamento de amostras
    • Estruturas fúngicas
    • Infeções superficiais
    • Infeções do sangue
    • Infeções respiratórias
    • Infeções oculares e dos ouvidos
    • Infeções das mucosas
    • Infeções dos tecidos profundos
    • Dicas e sugestões
    • Avaliações práticas
    • Avaliação final
    • Avaliação pré-curso
    • Criação de cortes histológicos
    • Processamento de amostras
    • Identificação de características
    • Resposta inflamatória
    • Infeções cutâneas e subcutâneas
    • Infeções das mucosas
    • Infeções respiratórias
    • Infeções dos tecidos profundos
    • Dicas e sugestões
    • Avaliações práticas
    • Avaliação final

    EM PRODUÇÃO

    • Avaliação pré-curso
    • Taxonomia e classificação fúngica
    • Identificar características 
    • Infeções superficiais
    • Infeções cutâneas e subcutâneas
    • Infeções das mucosas
    • Infeções respiratórias
    • Infeções dos tecidos profundos
    • Guia de gestão empírica
    • Aspetos laboratoriais importantes
    • Dicas e sugestões
    • Avaliações práticas
    • Avaliação final
    • 健康与安全
    • 染色技术
    • 显微镜
    • 术语表
    • 课前评估
    • 样本收集
    • 样本的制备与处理
    • 真菌结构
    • 浅表感染
    • 血液感染
    • 呼吸道感染
    • 眼部/耳部感染
    • 粘膜感染
    • 深层组织感染
    • 提示与技巧
    • 实践评估
    • 最终评估
    • 课前评估
    • 制备组织学切片
    • 样本处理
    • 特征鉴别
    • 炎症反应
    • 皮肤和皮下感染
    • 粘膜感染
    • 呼吸道感染
    • 深层组织感染
    • 提示与技巧
    • 实践评估
    • 最终评估

    创建中

    • 课前评估
    • 真菌分类学与分类法
    • 特征鉴别
    • 浅表感染
    • 皮肤和皮下感染
    • 粘膜感染
    • 呼吸道感染
    • 深层组织感染
    • 经验性治疗指南
    • 重要的实验室领域
    • 提示与技巧
    • 实践评估
    • 最终评估