After completing this course, you will be able to

  • Identify the proper choice of anti-infective agent in various clinical settings.
  • Master our step-by-step approach, which leads you from symptom presentation through to diagnosis and treatment.
  • Rationalize antibiotic treatment duration for various infectious disease situations.
  • Recognize the most common hospital- and healthcare-associated infections, summarize their pathogenesis, and outline an approach to diagnosis and treatment.
  • Outline the use of the laboratory in the diagnosis of common viral, bacterial, fungal, and parasitic diseases.
  • Define sepsis and summarize the principles of management.
  • Identify and treat common infections of the respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract and abdomen, urogenital system, central nervous system, bones, joints, and skin.
  • Choose an appropriate empirical antimicrobial regimen for life-threatening infections of the respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract and abdomen, urogenital system, central nervous system, skin and soft tissues, and bloodstream.
  • Identify and treat life-threatening systemic diseases such as tuberculosis, Lyme disease, and endocarditis.

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Course Handbook

Chapter 1

Diagnosing infectious disease

Find the culprit. Here, you’ll learn how to spot hard-to-find clues with a thorough history and physical exam. Combine them with blood and culture results to make a diagnosis.
6 Lessons (25m 16s)
Chapter 4

Urogenital infections

A wee, little infection can sometimes become a life-threatening illness. In this chapter, learn how to differentiate between and treat different types of urogenital infections.
6 Lessons (21m 18s)
Chapter 6

Central nervous system infections

In this chapter, you’ll learn to analyze spinal fluid findings to recognize and treat chronic and acute meningitis, whether the cause is viral, fungal, bacterial or tuberculous.
4 Lessons (15m 53s)