Skin & Ear Cytology & Culture
This course will help you optimise your approach to skin and ear canal sampling to enable more targeted and effective treatment plans for your skin disease and otitis cases.
This course will focus on how to maximise yield from skin and ear canal samples to enable targeted and effective treatment plans for inflammatory and infectious skin diseases and otitis.
Optimal collection and processing techniques for useful tests will be detailed, together with an outline of when tests are indicated. Important principles for interpreting samples will be presented, and a wide range of cytology images provided that can become a valuable clinical resource. Optimal treatment choices, based on cytology findings, will be outlined for otitis and common secondary and primary skin infections. Finally, a series of cases will be presented to reinforce the material covered. Participants will be encouraged to practice skin cytology and culture techniques on their own cases throughout the course, and present findings to the tutor for evaluation and to the group for discussion.
On completion of this course, participants will be able to:
Perform commonly used skin cytology and microbial culturing tests using optimal techniques.
Evaluate cytology samples from inflammatory and infectious skin disease and otitis cases independently and accurately.
Interpret results from cytology and microbial culture tests accurately.
Formulate targeted treatment and/or further diagnostic plans based on cytology results together with clinical findings for a range of inflammatory and infectious skin and ear canal diseases, including allergies, infectious diseases such as dermatophytosis and dermatophilosis, and rarer immune-mediated and deep infectious diseases.
Recognise if secondary bacterial and yeast infections require specific targeted treatment, or when it is appropriate to focus on managing the underlying disease.
Recognise when microbial culture testing is indicated, and have improved ability to analyse microbial culture test results to accurately guide optimal therapies.
1. Sampling & Processing
This introductory module will clarify the indications and optimal sampling and processing techniques for common tests: adhesive tape and glass slide impressions, ear swabs, fine needle aspirates, and skin cultures techniques.
2. Interpretation of Cytology & Culture Findings
The focus in this module will be on theoretical and practical tips to ensure the information gathered from your skin samples is accurate and relevant.
3. Treatment &/or further diagnostic choices
This module will focus on how to use cytology and culture findings to select appropriate treatments or further diagnostic tests for a range of inflammatory and infectious skin and ear canal diseases.
4. Case Studies
Participants will work through a series of cases in the final module, to reinforce the material covered in this course.
This course comes with:
A set of written notes and photographs within each module and case studies
Self-assessed multiple choice quizzes to test your knowledge and understanding
A discussion forum for conversation, debate and information exchange with your peers and tutor
An electronic certificate available for download upon successful completion of the course
The estimated time to complete this course is 10 hours. The course will be open for 4 weeks.
A broad understanding of common inflammatory and infectious causes of skin and ear diseases will be helpful for working through this course efficiently. However, the course will briefly review some of the key aspects of common diseases that are relevant to diagnostic testing and treatment choices.
|Recent Grad / Part-time Member||$289|
|Non-member / eMember||$578|