What Does a CM Do?

  • Recommends methods for obtaining and transporting clinical specimens that would be most helpful in diagnosing infectious diseases.
  • Isolates and identifies bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic agents that are likely to be contributing to infectious processes.
  • Determines the susceptibility of microorganisms to various antimicrobial agents that could be used to treat infections caused by the microorganisms.
  • Reports results to healthcare providers caring for patients in a clear, concise and clinically relevant manner.
  • Works with healthcare teams, including public health officials, to improve processes to diagnose and control infectious diseases with a strong emphasis on effective communication at all levels.
  • Works with pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers to develop new and improved technologies to confront emerging infectious diseases.

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Clinical Microbiology in the 21st Century