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Organisation & Rules (1st year - Advanced MD Program)


The parasitology program (25 h) comprises: lectures (6h), seminars (5 h) and practical (14 h). This course constitutes a part of the whole microbiology course. Other elements of microbiology (e.g bacteriology, virology) are taught by the staff of the Department of Medical Microbiology.
The aim of the course in medical parasitology is to provide medical students with a convenient instrument for facilitation of diagnostic parasitological methods and to inquire into biology of human parasites. To reduce lecture time and to allow more time for practical training we have prepared the
Study Guide which cannot, however, cover the whole field of medical parasitology. Since clinical parasitology will be taught in the later years of the medical course, descriptions of the pathogenesis and treatment of parasitic diseases are not included. What the Study Guide does give is information regarding the biology of human parasites and the diagnostics and epidemiology of the diseases they cause.

The only required material is the Study Guide. Medical Parasitology: Biology, Epidemiology and Diagnostics, prepared by Anna C. Majewska and Piotr Nowosad (PoznaŮ, 2005), available for sale at the University Library (and for free in the WISUS system).
For those students who wish to increase their knowledge of parasitology, we recommend such reference material as that found in
Diagnostic Medical Parasitology, written by Garcia LS. (ASM Press, Washington, D.C.) and other sources, including the DPDx website (a website developed and maintained by CDC's Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria - DPDM) -


The Coordinator of the course is dr. Piotr NOWOSAD - he can be contacted in his office in the Department or by e-mail:


The course on parasitology will culminate in two tests. Test #1 is based on the lectures only and will take place during the last lecture on January 29, 2019. Test #2 will take place on the last day of the course and will cover the material presented during the seminars and practical, and in the Study Guide.
Both 30-minutes tests include 30 multiple-choice questions. To obtain the credit in medical parasitology students will have to be able to offer at least 21 correct answers (70%) separately from test #1 and #2. The scores of each test will be interpreted as follows:
20 or less = failed
21 or more = passed

Students who fail the test may take two possibilities of orally correction of negative grade. Dates of the corrections will be determined with the interest students.

During class #6 (QUIZ) the three best teams of each student's group may obtain additional points that will be added to the score of the test #2:
1st place = 6 pts;
2nd place = 5 pts;
3rd place = 4 pts.
The results of the tests and quiz will be displayed from the Department’s website


1. The seminars and classes are obligatory for students.

2. Three late arrivals (max 10 minutes) are equal to one absence.

3. Only one seminar and one lab (one meeting) may be missed with no consequences (except lab No. 7).

4. The test #2 will be available only for students who participated in at least 4 seminars and 5 practical labs (see point 3).

5. It is not possible to switch the group.

6. Coats and outerwear must be left in the coat room.

7. Cellular telephones are disruptive during seminars and practicals sessions. Cellular telephones should be turned-off or set on vibrate or "blink" during class time. Text Messaging is not permitted when seminars and labs are in session. It is disruptive and disrespectful to fellow students and teachers. Students who are caught engaging in either of these will be subject to disciplinary action including, e.g. to being asked to leave class for the remainder of the day. The only exception that will be made is if the student has discussed the situation with their TA beforehand, and only for emergency purposes.

8. Students should ensure they are familiar with the University's internal legislation.


· Under no circumstances students are allowed eating, drinking, or smoking in the laboratory. Students should wear protective clothing.

· It is unlikely that students might become infected with any parasites while taking this course. Most of the parasitological preparations are in the form of permanent stained slides. Nevertheless, occasionally wet mounting, as the simplest and easiest method of examining the material, will also be performed. Presented live parasites are not infectious for humans (such parasite stage cannot induce infection or such parasite is specific only for animals). Students need to wear gloves (delivered by the Department) and lab coat while preparing the slides. Always remove your gloves before using microscopes as well as touching water faucet handles, door knobs, drawer handles, and any other surfaces. This is good practice not only in parasitology lab, but any time. All spills and broken glassware have to be reported to the instructor and receiving instructions for clean-up.


The Department consists of protozoological, biochemical, immunodiagnostical, and helminthological laboratories. The Department permanently cooperates with the Department and Clinic of Tropical and Parasitic Diseases and the Department of Medical Microbiology of the University.

The Department conducts experimental studies, epidemiological (field and laboratory) research, as well as immunodiagnostics of some parasitic and infectious diseases performed for the health units of PoznaŮ and neighbouring provinces. The main research involves Giardia, Cryptosporidium, Acanthamoeba spp., Toxoplasma gondii, microsporidia and Trichinella, and concerns studies on:
· experimental chemotherapy, including mode of action of antiparasitic drugs;
· biochemical and/or genetic markers of parasites' pathogenicity and virulence;
· metabolism of parasites;
· immunology of parasitic diseases;
· epidemiology of parasitic infections, including molecular epidemiology;
· taxonomy, including genom characteristics of parasites.

 Author: Piotr Nowosad date: 2019-01-07  print    back  
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