Learn the processes and outcomes of infection within the human body and how both the body and medical professionals deals with pathogens.
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1. An Introduction to Infection

A basic introduction to what an infection is, including understanding how a patient would get an infection and how to tell if a patient has an infection.

2. The Infection Model

What is an Infection Model?

What are biofilms? What is their clinical significance and how do we manage them?

4. Innate Immune System

What are the different innate barriers to infection? How do these barriers work? What can damage these barriers or prevent them from working correctly?

5. Adaptive Immune System

Understand the key players in the adaptive immune response, what the function of antigen presenting cells is, what an MHC is and why T-helper cells are important and how they respond to intracellular and extracellular microbes.

6. Gram Staining and Investigative Techniques

Understand the investigative techniques used to diagnose a patient's infection and identify the causative micro-organism.

7. Sepsis

Describe, understand the mechanism, identify the red flags and learn the management guidelines of Sepsis.

8. Antibiotics

Be able to outline the commonly used antibiotics and a sample of conditions that they are commonly used to treat, describe how each type of antibiotic works, discuss the advantages of choosing one antibiotic class over another, describe antibiotic resistance and outline the commonly used antifungals and antivirals and when they are used.

9. Streptococci

Learn the classification and characteristics of streptococci, learn about the virulence factors of Streptococcus pyogenes in particular and how they influence pathogenicity in a clinical context; More broadly, understand the influence of virulence factors on disease progression in the host.

10. Hepatitis

What is hepatitis? How can it be detected? What are the main types and how is it transmitted? How can we treat and prevent hepatitis infections? How is a needlestick injury from an infected individual treated?

11. Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

Understand the relevance of HIV, learn about the structure, replication and treatment of HIV and look at prevention and ethical dilemmas surrounding HIV.

12. The Immunocompromised Host

Describe the immune defects associated with immunodeficiency diseases, the most common primary immunodeficiency diseases and their warning signs and understand the basics of management of primary immunodeficiency diseases, as well as the common causes of secondary immunodeficiencies.

13. Travel Infections

Be able to list some common travel infections, their presentations and the management plan associated with them.

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