Status of medical mycology education

William J. Steinbach, Thomas G. Mitchell, Wiley A. Schell, Ana Espinel-Ingroff, Richard F. Coico, Thomas J. Walsh, John R. Perfect

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Abstract

The number of immunocompromised patients and subsequent invasive fungal infections continues to rise. However, the education of future medical mycologists to engage this growing problem is diminishing. While there are an increasing number of publications and grants awarded in mycology, the time and detail devoted to teaching medical mycology in United States medical schools are inadequate. Here we review the history in medical mycology education and the current educational opportunities. To accurately gauge contemporary teaching we also conducted a prospective survey of microbiology and immunology departmental chairpersons in United States medical schools to determine the amount and content of contemporary education in medical mycology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)457-467
Number of pages11
JournalMedical mycology
Volume41
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2003

Keywords

  • Mycology education
  • Mycology teaching

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases

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