A career in...
A career in microbiology
From antibiotics to zoonoses, microbiology covers all specialties
- By: Johanne Shannon-Lowe, Fiona Cooke
For an undergraduate, microbiology can often cause confusion because of the difficult nomenclature of bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and fungi and the plethora of different antibiotics, each of which has a different spectrum of activity.
Despite this, house officers are supposed to be well versed in the investigation, management, and prevention of all manner of infections from day one of their job.
Thank heavens for the antibiotic protocol. Production of the antibiotic protocols and guidelines is just one small facet of the medical microbiologist’s role.
The role of the consultant microbiologist is incredibly varied. As a microbiologist your management can lead to the patient recovering to their pre-morbid status. Microbiologists achieve this by advising and influencing clinicians on the management of infection by the “intelligent application of scientific analysis”.1 As well as clinical ward rounds and providing advice for community care, the job also involves reviewing positive laboratory samples and working