Joint-Provided CE | STD Update Series 2015-16 | Two-Day Clinical Practicum

September 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016

September 2015-May 2016

Contact Hours Only

These practica are for onsite participants who have enrolled in the STD Update Series and have attended the live seminar. Please do not register for a clinical practicum unless you have attended (or plan to attend) the in-person required activities.

Clinical Practium Locations

You will choose your location at checkout.

  • Sep - Nov 2015
    Central District Health Department, Boise, Idaho
  • Sep - Nov 2015
    Public Health Seattle and King County STD Clinic, Seattle, WA
  • Oct 2015 - Jan 2016
    Multnomah County STD Clinic, Portland, OR
  • Mar - May 2016
    Public Health Seattle and King County STD Clinic, Seattle, WA


The STD clinical practicum session will provide an opportunity for the student to participate in the evaluation, management, and follow-up of patients in the STD clinic setting.

General goals of practicum

  • History. The students hould be able to elicit and record a focused medical history of complaints that might be related to STD exposures.
  • Physical exam. The student should be able to perform screening physical examination and a focused exam pertinent to STD related conditions.
  • Laboratory objectives. The student will learn appropriate indications for laboratory studies. The student will be able to perforom and interpret laboratory tests in the STD clinic setting as being normal or abnormal and discuss the significance of the findings.
  • Problems and diagnoses. The student should, through exposure, teaching and organized reading, become familiar with commonly encountered sexually transmitted diseases and conditions.
  • Treatment. The students hould be able to decide upon appropriate therapy for the diagnosed condition, and be able to administer such therapy and inform patients about possible side effects and expected results of treatment.
  • Counseling. The student should be able to educate the patient about their particular diagnoses including their infectivity and need for partner referral. Counseling should include safe sex messages particularly regarding the patient's risk of HIV infection.

Learning objectives

After completing this clinical practicum, you will be better able to:

  • Describe routine microscope maintenance procedures.
  • Use a brightfield microscope correctly to examine wet preparations and gram-stained smears.
  • Prepare a saline and KOH wet mount of vaginal discharge.
  • Distinguish clue cells from normal squamous epithelial cells.
  • Identify PMNs, Trichomonas vaginalis, pseudohyphae and budding yeast cells on saline and/or KOH preparations.
  • Compare the results of pH, sniff test, saline and KOH preparations from trichomonal and fungal vaginitis and bacterial vaginosis.
  • Perform the gram stain procedure to achieve correct staining of cells and organisms. 
  • Distinguish intracellular and extracellular bacteria.
  • Identify urethral, endocervical and rectal smears that are diagnostic for gonorrhea.
  • Enumerate PMNs on gram-stained urethral smears to determine presence or absense of urethritis.
  • Evaluate a urine specimen for pyuria.
  • Evaluate their ability and need to perform these microscopic tests in their own clinic setting.

Additional Information

Course summary
Maximum credit available: 
  • 11.00 Contact hours
  • 0.00 Pharmacology hours at the advanced practice level
Event starts: 
09/01/2015 - 12:00am
Event ends: 
05/31/2016 - 12:00am
Boise, ID | Portland, OR | Seattle, WA
United States

Jeanne Marrazzo, MD, MPH
Professor, UW School of Medicine; Medical Director, University of Washington STD Prevention Training Center, Seattle

Hillary Liss, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine and OB/GYN, University of Washington, Seattle

Christine Johnson, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle

Sue Szabo, PA-C

Health Care Specialist--Lead, University of Washington/Public Health Seattle and King County


Available Credit

  • 11.00 Contact hours
  • 0.00 Pharmacology hours at the advanced practice level


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