The Microbiology laboratory provides training to the residents and fellows of New York Medical College and Westchester Medical Center. Training involves laboratory diagnosis of viruses, mycobacteria (TB), mycoplasma, ureaplasma, pneumocystis and sexually transmitted diseases, such as syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia. Residents and fellows spend up to a month receiving training, which is part of the rotation in preparation for board certification.
New employees and employees, who are reassigned to different work areas, receive on-site training. The laboratory has an ongoing, continuous education program for all employees in various disciplines of microbiology. Annual training is also provided in the safe handling of blood-borne pathogens and in radiation, chemical and fire safety.
Lectures and workshops are organized for laboratory and public health professionals covering the diagnosis of infectious agents of particular public health significance. Confidentiality training for protected health information, related to HIPPA requirements, is required of all existing and new staff members.
Students from local colleges and universities are welcome to tour the laboratory.
Student internships are available in several disciplines of the microbiology laboratories, including public health microbiology and research projects of public heatlh interests.