General Information about Postgraduate Training


As part of the American Academy of Microbiology, the American College of Microbiology oversees ASM's certification and accreditation programs. Accreditation refers to the minimum educational standards a training program must meet. The American College of Microbiology's Committee on Postgraduate Educational Programs (CPEP) has developed standards to train doctoral-level (Ph.D., M.D., Sc.D., O.D., Dr. P.H., etc.) microbiologists and immunologists in the clinical profession of laboratory medicine. CPEP-training prepares microbiologists and immunologists in the clinical profession for employment in medical and public health laboratories, immunology laboratories, research programs, industry, and universities.

Would you like to play a major role in the diagnosis of bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic diseases? Would you like to help manage the day-to-day therapy of patients without going to medical school? Have you ever wondered how a hospital responds to an outbreak of a contagious infectious disease or to a bioterrorism threat? Would you like to learn how to direct a clinical laboratory? If so, an American College of Microbiology's accredited postgraduate training program may be the place for you. There are programs located throughout the U.S. where you can learn all of these things and more!

The length of the training is two years. The purpose of this training is to teach you how to develop and direct a microbiology or immunology diagnostic service which will support clinical diagnosis and epidemiological data, to develop and communicate reliable interpretations of microbiological or immunological data, to plan and conduct effective training programs to fill needs in microbiology and immunology, and to design and conduct microbiological or immunological research to solve medical and public health problems.

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