Welcome to microfungi.net - a microscopy training course in 4 key modules.
The course is designed to teach the identification of fungal infection by direct (wet) microscopy or by histology in a full range of tissue specimens. All that is required is a simple microscope and for histology you will learn how to make stains and correctly interpret them. These skills will assist a speedy diagnosis of fungal infections in a patient and improve the chances of early treatment, use of basic microscopy is a more rapid method than direct culture and often more effective.
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.
The courses are illustrated with many histological images and are supplemented with quizzes, tests and slide presentations to assist. Each module has pre- and post- assessments and is completed with final assessment tests and certification when successfully passed.
Module 1 - 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
Module 3 - An introduction to histology and identification of fungal elements in many human tissues
Module 4 - Advanced skills in histology for identification of uncommon and rare fungal diseases
The UK Royal College of Pathologists has approved the course and successful completion earns CPD/CME points as follows: Module 2 – 18 credits (hours), Module 3 – 24 credits (hours) and Module 4 – 30 credits (hours).