INFECTIOUS DISEASES II (B)
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Objective of the Course is to allow the student to mature a deep knowledge of the main infectious diseases of major epidemiologic relevance in Italy and to develop the scientific knowledge necessary to manage correctly the main pathologies which can be acquired though travels in other endemic areas of the world. Theoretical knowledge derived from interactive oral lessons will be integrated through a reasoned evaluation at the bedside of clinical symptoms and signs as well as laboratory and radiology data related to the pathologies of interest, during the course of practice training internships.
Optimal understanding of the topics which will be debated in the Course requires basic knowledge of microbiology and immunology in particular, which are essential to understand correctly pathogen life cycle and pathogenesis of related diseases, as a basis for the comprehension of the different diagnostic and therapeutic approaches applied in the clinical practice.
Course contents summary
The Course will provide the scientific basis for diagnosis, correct clinical management and prevention of the infectious diseases of major relevance in our geographical area and of infections related to travels in areas where different pathogens are endemic. The main topics of the Course include: tuberculosis, meningitis, malaria
The Course will include the following topics: tuberculosis (epidemiology, etiology, pathogenesis, pulmonary and extra-pulmonary manifestations, diagnosis and therapy); meningitis (bacterial forms, with particular emphasis on meningococcal, pneumococcal and listeria infections; tuberculous and viral meningitis; diagnostic, therapeutic and prophylactic aspects); malaria (etiology, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, therapy and prophylaxis).
Leonardo Calza. Principi di malattie infettive. Società Editrice Esculapio.
Interactive lessons with the use of slides, which will be integrated by didactic activities performed in the wards, outpatient clinic and laboratory of the Unit of Infectious Disease and Hepatology of the Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria di Parma, where the student will be involved in a direct and interactive manner.
Assessment methods and criteria
Oral exam which will consist of questions related to the topics covered by the lessons and internships of the Course, to evaluate the level of learning of the individual topics and the capacity of the student to apply the theoretical knowledge to clinical situations simulated during the examination.