Clinical microbiology laboratories play a crucial role in patient care using traditional and innovative diagnostics. Challenges faced by laboratories include emerging pathogens, rapidly evolving technologies, health care-acquired infections, antibioticresistant organisms, and diverse patient populations. Despite these challenges, many clinical microbiology laboratories in the United States are not directed by doctoral level microbiology-trained individuals with sufficient time dedicated to laboratory leadership. The manuscript highlights the need for medical microbiology laboratory directors with appropriate training and qualifications.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Microbiology (medical)