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Learning objectives and didactic approach
Learning objectives
  • To familiarise yourself with morphologic criteria to differentiate the most common protozoan and helminth parasites
  • To improve your diagnostic skills by solving basic and advanced diagnostic exercises using a virtual microscope
  • To get an overview of diagnostic strategies and to apply or adapt these to specific diagnostic questions
  • To get an overview of alternative methods to microscopy (mainly molecular and immunological methods)
  • To gain experience with diagnostic keys and assistance in choosing appropriate keys (from textbooks or WHO documents) for your own work
  • To understand the basics of diagnostics by optimising diagnostic strategies (e.g. by minimising false positives or false negatives) taking into account the specific diagnostic goal, the consequence of the diagnostic result for the patient and the concepts of predictive values