Pitfalls and Solutions in Fungal Identification (by ASCLS)

1.5 P.A.C.E. contact hour(s)

(based on 29 customer ratings)

Gary Procop, MD, MS, Director, Molecular Microbiology, Virology, Mycology and Parasitology Professor of Pathology, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Robert J. Tomsich Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Institute Cleveland Clinic

Course provided by ASCLS.

Dr. Procop, the Chair of the Microbiology Resource Committee for the College of American Pathologists, has examined challenges encountered in the identification of fungi for more than a decade through his involvement in proficiency surveys. He will review the standard approach to the identification of fungi, and consider how this has and will likely continue to change with implementation of mass spectrometry in clinical laboratories. He will examine errors made in the identification of fungi that may be encountered in the clinical laboratory and will denote key means to avoid misidentifying these fungi.

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Continuing Education Credits

Continuing Education Credit Hour(s): 1.5 hour(s)
Course number 108-291-16, approved through 12/31/2018
P.A.C.E.® Contact Hours (acceptable for AMT, ASCP, and state recertification) (CACMLE): 1.5 hour(s)
Course number 108-291-16, approved through 12/31/2018
Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel Credit Hours - General (Microbiology/Mycology/Parasitology): 1.5 hour(s)
Course number 20-521323, approved through 12/31/2018

Objectives

  • To list possible misidentifications that may occur in fungal identification.
  • Identify methods to avoid such misidentifications.
  • Define the appropriate level of report of fungal identification

Customer Ratings

(based on 29 customer ratings)

Course Outline

  • PowerPoint Slides
      • Pitfalls and Solutions in Fungal Identification
      • About the Author
      • Overview
      • Learning Objectives
      • Introduction
      • Materials & Methods
      • The Yeasts
      • Issue with Identifying Common Yeasts
      • The Yeast, cont.
      • Malassezia furfur - macroscopic
      • Arthroconidia-Producing Fungi
      • Challenge Isolate #1
      • Differential Features of Arthroconidia-Producing Fungi
      • Arthrographis - macroscopic
      • Arthrographis - microscopic
      • Trichosporon - macroscopic
      • Trichosporon - microscopic
      • Trichosporon - microscopic, cont.
      • Trichosporon - microscopic, cont.
      • Trichosporon - microscopic, cont.
      • Blastoschizomyces - macroscopic
      • Blastoschizomyces - microscopic
      • Blastoschizomyces - microscopic, cont.
      • Geotrichum - macroscopic
      • Geotrichum - microscopic
      • Geotrichum - microscopic, cont.
      • Coccidioides - macroscopic
      • Coccidioides - microscopic
      • Malbranchea - macroscopic
      • Malbranchea - microscopic
      • Malbranchea - microscopic, cont.
      • Hyaline-Septate Molds with Moderate-Sized Pyriform Conidia
      • Challenge Isolate #2
      • Hyaline-Septate Molds with Moderate-Sized Pyriform Conidia
      • P. boydii complex / S. apiospermum complex
      • P. boydii complex - microscopic
      • P. boydii complex - microscopic, cont.
      • S. prolificans - microscopic
      • Chrysosporium - macroscopic
      • Chrysosporium - microscopic
      • Chrysosporium - microscopic, cont.
      • Chrysosporium - microscopic, cont.
      • Aspergillus Issues
      • Level of Identification
      • Aspergillus fumigatus -macroscopic & microscopic
      • Aspergillus terreus -macroscopic & microscopic
      • Identification of Zygomycetes
      • Zygomycetes in Deep Tissues
      • Zygomycetes - macroscopic
      • Coenocytic or Mucoraceous Hyphae
      • Identification - microscopic
      • Identification of Molds with a "Penicillus" Conidiophore
      • Penicillium - macroscopic
      • Penicillium - microscopic
      • Paecilomyces - macroscopic
      • Paecilomyces - microscopic
      • Scopulariopsis - macroscopic
      • Scopulariopsis - microscopic
      • Gliocladium - microscopic
      • Chaetomium / Phoma
      • Differentiating Fungi with Spherical Suprastructures
      • Chaetomium - microscopic
      • Phoma - Pycnidium
      • Cleistothecium of P. boydii complex
      • Dermatophyte Basics
      • THE END

Additional Information

Dr. Procop, the Chair of the Microbiology Resource Committee for the College of American Pathologists, has examined challenges encountered in the identification of fungi for more than a decade through his involvement in proficiency surveys. He will review the standard approach to the identification of fungi, and consider how this has and will likely continue to change with implementation of mass spectrometry in clinical laboratories. He will examine errors made in the identification of fungi that may be encountered in the clinical laboratory and will denote key means to avoid misidentifying these fungi.

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