Resources and Educational Materials for Healthcare Professionals
CDC's Mycotic Diseases Branch and its partners offer various educational and training resources about fungal diseases for healthcare professionals.
As part of a collaboration between CDC and Medscape, these commentaries are designed to deliver CDC's guidance directly to physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals.
Continuing Medical Education (CME)
Several CME activities related to fungal diseases are available online.
- Invasive Fungal Infections after Natural Disasters
Expiration date: February 13, 2015
- Coccidioidomycosis (Valley Fever) Continuing Medical Education Course presented by the Valley Fever Center for Excellence at the University of Arizona
- Cryptococcus gattii Infections in Multiple States Outside the US Pacific Northwest Expiration date: September 19, 2014
- Increased Incidence of Invasive Fusariosis with Cutaneous Portal of Entry, Brazil Expiration date: September 18, 2014
- Increasing Pneumocystis Pneumonia, England, UK, 2000–2010 Expiration date: February 19, 2013
- Pneumocystis jirovecii Genotype Associated with Increased Death Rate of HIV-infected Patients with Pneumonia Expiration date: December 14, 2013
Fungal Disease Reporting
In certain US states, some fungal diseases must be reported to the state and/or local health departments. This table summarizes reportable fungal diseases (blastomycosis, coccidioidomycosis, cryptococcosis, and histoplasmosis) by state based on state lists of reportable diseases. A disease marked with an “x” indicates it is reportable in that state. Check your local, state, or territorial public health department’s website for more information about disease reporting requirements and procedures in your area.
- Preventing Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs)
- Aspergillosis – Information for Health Professionals
- Coccidioidomycosis – Information for Health Professionals
- Cryptococcal Screening Program Training Resources
- Cryptococcal Screening Program Training Manual for Healthcare Providers [PDF - 42 pages]
- Cryptococcal Screening Program Training Modules for Healthcare Workers [PDF - 44 pages]
- Cryptococcal Case Studies [PDF - 46 pages]
- Cryptococcal Screening Program Training Modules for Laboratory Workers [PDF - 33 pages]
- Cryptococcal Screening: A New Strategy for Saving Lives among People with HIV/AIDS [PDF - 42 pages]
- Histoplasmosis – Protecting Workers at Risk
Laboratory and Epidemiology Training
- Training course on laboratory identification of pathogenic molds
- The Mycotic Diseases Branch provides an annual training course on the identification of pathogenic molds. The course is organized in conjunction with the National Laboratory Training Network. To date, over 200 persons have attended these courses. For more information, contact the National Laboratory Training Network.
- American Society for Microbiology (ASM) –ASM/CDC Program in Infectious Disease and Public Health Microbiology
- ASM/CDD Fellowship Details
- The goal of the ASM/NCID Fellowship is to support the development of new approaches, methodologies, and knowledge in infectious disease prevention and control in areas within the public health mission of the CDC. The program is intended for individuals who either earned their doctorate degree or completed a primary residency within three years of their proposed start date.
- Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS)
- The Epidemic Intelligence Service is a unique 2-year, post-graduate program of service and on-the-job training for health professionals interested in the practice of epidemiology. Every year CDC recruits 60-80 persons to enter the EIS and pursue on-the-job training in epidemiologic investigations, research, and public health surveillance. At present, the Mycotic Diseases Branch seeks to recruit one EIS officer each year. For more information and application materials, visit the EIS website.
Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) Clinical Practice Guidelines
- Breathing Valley Fever (2014). Dr. Duc Vugia, chief of the Infectious Diseases Branch in the California Department of Public Health, discusses Valley Fever.
- Think Fungus (2013)
Dr. Mary Brandt, the Mycotic Diseases Branch chief, discusses the impact of fungal infections.
- Death from Fungus in the Soil (2012)
Dr. Shira Shafir, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, discusses her study about fungus found in soil.
- Meningitis (2012)
This podcast gives a general overview of meningitis, including what it is, the five types, and the causes.
- Coccidioidomycosis in Arizona 2007-2008 (2010)
This podcast looks at the impact of Coccidioidomycosis, or Valley Fever, in Arizona in 2007 and early 2008.
- Spread of Rare Fungus from Vancouver Island (2006)
Cryptococcus gattii, a rare fungus normally found in the tropics, has infected people and animals on Vancouver Island, Canada.