Microbiology Rotation

Residents will rotate at Parkland Memorial Hospital and Children’s Health℠  Children's Medical Center (CMC). They will meet daily with the Parkland microbiology faculty to discuss interesting cases, send out requests, and review smears.

Clinical microbiology topics such as bacteriology, mycology, mycobacteriology, virology, and parasitology will be covered through reading assignments, tutorials, lectures, discussions of related cases, and reviews of slide sets.

Residents are also expected to spend time on laboratory workstations, including routine aerobic cultures, sterile site cultures, urine cultures, anaerobic cultures, antimicrobial susceptibility testing, mycology, mycobacteriology, parasitology, pediatric microbiology, and virology at Parkland and Children's. 

The residents will attend weekly:

  • Infectious disease plate rounds organized by the microbiology faculty
  • Infectious disease patient follow-up rounds (as their own Pathology lecture series permits)
  • Infectious disease didactic lectures
  • Clinical pathology lectures
  • Clinical pathology conferences, at which time residents will discuss call issues and present cases including patients with infectious diseases

The residents will attend biweekly:

  • Clinical Microbiology Journal Club
  • Infectious Diseases Citywide Conference

At their own discretion, resident may attend the infectious diseases virology and HIV journal clubs, and the intermittent invited lecturers for the Division of Infectious Disease. They will also attend bimonthly slide unknown meetings covering a wide variety of infectious agents.

Residents will have the opportunity to attend weekly microbiology laboratory management meetings and to present microbiology cases to the medical technologists and microbiology staff.

Other ad hoc activities, to which the residents will be invited, include lectures by visiting scientists, meetings of microbiology-oriented organizations, demonstrations of equipment or procedures by commercial vendors, and frequent teleconferences on microbiologic topics.



Two months.

Residents may choose to do a one-month rotation as an elective during their third or fourth residency years.


M.D. or D.O. degree from an accredited institution meeting ACGME guidelines.



  • Clinical Pathology Lecture Series
  • Clinical Pathology Conference/Rounds
  • Clinical Microbiology Unknowns Sessions
  • Infectious Diseases Plate/Microscopy Rounds
  • Citywide Infectious Diseases Conference
  • Infectious Diseases Patient Follow-up Conference (if not in conflict with core lecture series)
  • Infectious Diseases Didactic Conference
  • Infectious Diseases (Virology, HIV) Journal Club (optional)
  • Clinical Microbiology Management Meeting

Basic Reading

Koneman’s Color Atlas and Textbook of Diagnostic Microbiology, 6th Edition, by Winn et al