*Examination of blood samples for parasitic stages

posted Mar 31, 2014, 8:13 AM by Medical Parasitology Department   [ updated Apr 4, 2014, 6:07 AM ]


This training program will provide trainees with practical experiences and raise their skills by application of different methods used to examine blood samples for the presence of parasitic stages.

Intended learning outcomes (ILOs):

1.    Understand the principles & precautions needed for sample collection, storage and transportation and west disposal.     

2.    Demonstrate a range of appropriate techniques in the laboratory used for blood examination for parasitic infections.

3.    Observe different parasitic stages that may be recovered from blood samples.

4.    Describe important morphological features of recovered parasites & their quantification.

5.    Oriented by the quality assurance during examination of blood parasites.

Importance and plain of the program:

This program is important for all parasitologist who need extensive training for progress in their career

Program regulation:

Each student is introduced with a theoretical session on sample collection, sample storage & transportation, and waste disposal & precautions.  Procedures for selected tests are highlighted. Practical sessions are performed on selected tests.  Practical work is done through group work.  Practical sessions are concluded by discussions and grading of the best performing group of the day. The trainees will be asked to incorporate in department activity concerning sample examination in research unit under supervision of the responsible staff members. The course outline may be adjusted to correspond with the level of training of participants.

Main topics:

-   Principles & precautions needed for blood sample collection.

-   Storage and transportation of blood samples and waste disposal.

-   Different laboratory techniques used for blood examination for parasitic stages.

-   Different parasitic stages recovered from blood.

-    How to describe important morphological features of different recovered parasitic stages.

-   Quality assurance during blood examination.

-   How to write a full report after examination.

Teaching Strategy and Learning time:

Practical Sessions: 

During the practical sessions trainees will do all tests that have been taught.  Trainees are divided into groups of two or more according to their number.  At the end of the session test results are compared and problems are discussed. 

Learning Time:

This program depends mainly on training sessions with few theoretical lectures and the learning time is designed as follows;

o    Lecture represents only 5% of the learning time and 50% is for training sessions (contact time is 55%). 

o   35 % is for self-directed training.

o   The remaining 10% is specified for assessment.


Depends mainly on practical achievement