| | Re: What is the difference between a medical/clinical and a public health microbiolog
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The main differences, between a Medical/Clinical/Public Health Microbiologist in US is the certification and academic preparation.
The Medical Microbiology is a ABMM (ASM) certificated professional, it could be a Pathologist (Physician) or a Biologist with a PhD in Microbiologist.
This professional needs a preparation in medical field to do clinical correlation between the lab diagnostic and patient clinical condition. It has more knowledges and skills with result interpretation, Gold Standard and procedure application. A Medical Microbiologist doesn´t need by a physician.
The Clinical Microbiologist is a high performance microbiology professional, considering the Specialist in Microbiologist certificated by ASCP.
They have different levels, the Medical Technologist a Bachelor degree professional with experience and the Specialist in Clinical Microbiology with a doctor degree and more than 3 years of experience in the procedures diagnostic field.
The Clinical Microbiologist work inside the lab performing high quality and precision procedures.
The Public Health Microbiologist is a Epidemiologist trained to perform epidemiology correlation, infectious diseases surveillance and infection control. It could perform lab procedures and specially screening test to high density population.