What is Clinical Microbiology?

What is the Role of a CM Lab Director?

Clinical Microbiology Laboratory Director
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The clinical microbiology laboratory director in the United States hospital setting

See and Hear What Tasks a Bench Tech Performs in the Clinical Laboratory

Just the Job - A Career as a Medical Laboratory Scientist

An Overview of Laboratorians Roles in Patient Care

Introduction to the Clinical Laboratory

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians

The Greatest Need for CMs

  • Develop new tests to identify emerging infectious diseases that are rapid, clinically relevant and cost effective.
  • Identify innovative ways to assess the activity of antimicrobial agents against microorganisms that are most predictive of therapeutic outcomes.
  • Work with healthcare teams to better control transmission of infectious diseases within healthcare settings and in communities in the USA and beyond.

See and Hear What a CM Does

Working in a Clinical Microbiology Laboratory

Where Does a CM Work?

  • Hospital Laboratories
  • Commercial and Reference Laboratories (where more complex lab tests are often performed)
  • Federal Government Laboratories
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
      • The CDC is one of the major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services. CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.
    • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
      • The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services , is the nation’s medical research agency—making important discoveries that improve health and save lives.
    • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
      • The FDA is responsible for protecting and promoting public health through the regulation and supervision of food safety, tobacco products, dietary supplements, prescription and over-the-counter pharmaceutical drugs (medications), vaccines, biopharmaceuticals, blood transfusions, medical devices, electromagnetic radiation emitting devices (ERED), cosmetics and veterinary products.
    • Uniformed Services (Army, Navy and Public Health Services)
  • State and Local Public Health Laboratories
  • Universities and Medical Schools
  • Pharmaceutical and Diagnostic Instrument Companies