It is a well known that invasive fungal infections often remain undiagnosed because both doctors and laboratory workers have poor knowledge of these diseases.
This often leads to very low index of suspicion amongst the former and failed diagnosis amongst the latter even when the disease is suspected.
This often results in high levels of morbidity and mortality.
Medical mycology is often poorly taught in medical schools because there are few trainsers with the requisite knowledge.
The growing number of opportunities for learning about fungi, their diagnosis and management is thus timely and relevant, especially in developing countries.
Here are the links to currently available free online courses for budding medical mycologists:
- Antifungal stewardship course on the open online learning platform, Futureline courtesy of the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, BSAC (started May 20th and schedule to last for 3 weeks)
- A microscopy training course in 4 key modules courtesy of the Fungal infection trust, Leading International Fungal Education ( LIFE) and the University of Manchester.