Case Studies in Clinical Microbiology (by LabCE)

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Authors: Elmer W. Koneman, MD; Christie A. Grueser, MSS, MT
Reviewer: Judi Bennett, MT, BSM

Course provided by LabCE.

Do you want to challenge your knowledge of those classic clinical microbiology topics? Do your collegues always look to you as the local expert on bacteria? Then, Case Studies in Clinical Microbiology is the course for you! This newly revised and updated interactive microbiology course contains classic case studies and covers 10 common but important topics topics, including ESBL- producing strains, MRSA, neonatal meningitis, and much more. Whether you are a student or practicing clinical microbiologist, this is a great way to earn a full 3 hours of P.A.C.E. approved CE credits that are sure to satisfy your need for all things microbiology. Subscribe today!

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Continuing Education Credits

Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel Credit Hours - General (Microbiology/Mycology/Parasitology): 3 hour(s)
Course number 20-576306, approved through 9/1/2020


  • Correlate presenting clinical signs and symptoms with the organism identifications for the cases being presented.
  • Outline the presumptive and definitive characteristics for the laboratory identification of the bacterial species being presented.
  • Discuss the diagnostic and therapeutic implications of making a correct organism identification.

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Course Outline

  • Introduction
      • Course Organiztion
  • Acute Urethral Discharge
      • Neisseria gonorrhoeae
      • Presumptive Laboratory Identification: Neisseria gonorrhoeae
      • Additional Testing Information
      • Definitive Laboratory Identification: Neisseria gonorrhoeae
  • Acute Onset Pneumonia
      • Streptococcus pneumoniae
      • Laboratory Identification: Streptococcus pneumoniae
      • Susceptibility Testing: Streptococcus pneumoniae
      • Pneumococcal Resistance
  • Gram-Negative Sepsis
      • Extended-Spectrum Beta-Lactamases (ESBLs) Review
      • Extended-Spectrum Beta-Lactamases (ESBLs)
      • Extended-Spectrum Beta-Lactamase (ESBL) Screening by Disk Diffusion
      • ESBL Screening by Broth Microdilution
      • Phenotypic Confirmation by Disk Diffusion and Reporting
      • Extended-Spectrum Beta-Lactamase (ESBL) Activity
      • Phenotypic Confirmation by Broth Microdilution and Reporting
  • Recurrent Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
      • Pyrrolidonyl Arylamidase (PYR) Differential
      • Enterococcus Identification
      • Enterococcus faecium Identification
      • Vancomycin Resistance
  • Acute Enteritis with Sepsis
      • Need for Identification and Further Investigation
      • Colony Morphology
      • Clostridium Quad Plate
      • Clostridium septicum RapID ANA
  • Post Traumatic Wound Infection
      • Staph on Blood Agar
      • Staphylococcus aureus Mannitol
      • Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Screen
      • Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Disk Test
      • Predisposing Factors to MRSA Infection and Decreasing the Risk of Colonization
      • Exfoliative Toxins Causing Staphylococcal Scalded-Skin Syndrome (SSSS)
  • Splenic Abscess
      • S. anginosus ("milleri") CO2
      • S. anginosus ("milleri") Biochemicals
      • Streptococcus milleri Group
  • Cellulitis
      • Group A Strep A Disk/SXT
      • Invasive Streptococcal Infection
      • Major Factors Related to Strong Resistance of Certain Strains of Group A Streptococci to Phagocytosis
  • Neonatal Meningitis
      • Case Study: Neonatal Meningitis
      • Listeria Gram stain
      • Listeria motility
      • Listeria monocytogenes
      • Listeria monocytogenes Virulence Factors
      • Listeria monocytogenes: Virulence Factors (continued)
  • Cellulitis of the Arm
      • Cellulitis Lesion
      • Eikenella BAP
      • Eikenella - Catalase & Oxidase
      • Eikenella Biochemicals
      • Eikenella corrodens Infections and Patients with Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (IDDM)
      • Bite Wounds
  • References
      • References

Additional Information

Level of instruction: Intermediate
Intended Audience: Medical technologists, and instructors experienced in bacteriology, graduate students in microbiology, clinical pathologists, and infectious disease physicians.
General Information: This recently revised and updated course (2014) provides interactive case studies which cover pertinent current topics in clinical microbiology. Numerous images enhance the text and interactive questions help the student master the material.
Author information: Elmer W. Koneman, MD, is Professor Emeritus,  Department of Pathology, University of Colorado School of Medicine.  Residing in Breckenridge, CO,  Dr. Koneman is a Board Certified Pathologist and is author of numerous journal articles and books, including Koneman’s Color Atlas and Textbook of Diagnostic Microbiology,  6th Edition,  2006 (Lippincott).   Dr. Koneman is presently affiliated with the Colorado Association for Clinical Laboratory Education (CACMLE) and with Instructional Design Consultants, specializing in interactive training and distance learning in clinical microbiology. Ms. Grueser is also presently affiliated with Instructional Design Consultants. 
Reviewer information: Judi Bennett, MT, BSM is a Program Director for MediaLab, Inc. During her 25 year career in clinical laboratory science, she has served as Laboratory Manager, Senior System Analyst, Point-of-Care Coordinator, Microbiology Supervisor, and generalist. Judi has been a speaker at various LIS, AMT, and CLMA conferences and has been published in peer-reviewed publications.

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