Resources for revision
Standards for microbiological investigations:
The SMIs cover the laboratory identification of most common bacteria, parasites and fungi and the processing of different samples. There is a small amount of information of serological testing and also quality assurance which is worth reading. There is more information contained in these than you need, the flow diagrams at the back are a good starting point.
Hands down the best parasitology website – quizzes, life cycles, photo library – just excellent! Remember however it is a US website so dosing and treatment can vary a bit from the UK
Para-site – again good for photo quizzes
Adelaide Fungi website
Mould identification quizzes -another great website – bear in mind it also does veterinary mycology so don’t be too surprised it they show you a picture of a chicken..
A Manchester based website – some good modules on fungal staining and microscopy
DTM&H practice questions website
Public Health guidelines
There are numerous PHE guidelines covering different organisms. These are easy things to write questions on in particular post exposure prophylaxis (think viral rash in pregnancy, rabies, meningococcus, pertussis etc) so it is important to be aware of these.
Health Protection Reports
Summaries of any current outbreaks/ incidents of infection relevance.
The Green Book
Vaccines! Also includes details on post exposure management for relevant bugs e.g VZV, Hep B etc
They have recently developed some nice short summaries of their major infection guidelines including UTI management and Lyme disease diagnosis which are worth reading. The clinical knowledge summaries can also be helpful
BIA website (guidelines section)
Although this is not a comprehensive list, this is a good place to find links to relevant NICE and national infection guidelines.
HIS guidelines and infection control relevant videos
GU medicine excluding HIV
Miscellaneous but important!
Health technical memoranda
These are not all relevant but the water quality, ventilation, decontamination and waste documents are all useful. Make sure you know all about endoscopes and theatre ventilation.
Also with particular relevance to endoscopy – prion safety from the ACDP:
It is highly unlikely that there won’t be some sort of question on resistance! Know how to identify particularly resistance mechanisms and the expected antibiograms. The Eucast expert rules and documents on laboratory identification are great for this.
Has some good articles both on critical appraisal and on specific infectious diseases e.g Q fever
As a caveat to this list, I did not actually use many and in particular I steered clear of the larger textbooks (Mandell etc) as I thought there was just too much information in them. I would however recommend:
Damani – Manual of infection prevention and control
This is clearly written and not too big and broken up into short chapters. A new version has recently been released
Moran, Torok, Cooke. Oxford Handbook of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology
You are likely to be familiar with this – you will need more information than it contains in certain areas but it is great for an overview of the topics you need to cover.