The clinical training courses provide up-to-date information to public and private clinicians who diagnose, treat, and manage patients with STDs. Most courses devote 50% of class time to clinical and laboratory experience under the guidance of a qualified preceptor. Standard clinical training courses are 1- to 5-days in length but PTCs also offer clinical training courses in the following formats:
- 1 to 2 hour “Grand Rounds”
- Audio Conferences
- Video Conferences
- Online Training
- Web Seminars
- Pod Casts
- Home Study
- On-site Courses (upon request)
Course Offerings: STD Clinical Training
This 5-day introductory clinical training course for clinicians working in STD or other primary care clinics encompasses up-to-the-minute information about priority and prevalent STDs. The course includes diagnosis, treatment, and management of STDs; clinic protocols and medical record format; clinic how-to; performance standards for clinician-patient interactions; sexual history-taking and physical examinations; universal precautions; STAT testing procedures for point-of-service laboratories; clinical quality assurance; and an overview of disease intervention techniques. The course includes lectures and case studies, and 50% of on-site time is devoted to clinical and laboratory experience. The length of the course is 5 days, but a shorter 3-day version, the Part-time STD Intensive, also is available.
This course is targeted to personnel who perform STAT testing procedures in a point-of-service laboratory that supports STD clinical services. The course of study depends on current disease prevalence, and it may include procedures for bright-field and dark-field microscopy; endocervical and urethral specimen slide preparation; presumptive culture identification; rapid tests and an overview of current testing developments; laboratory records and protocols; and laboratory quality assurance. The course is based on a lecture format, but it devotes a minimum of 50 percent of class time to laboratory experience. The course length varies from 1/2 day to 3 days.
STD Update for Clinicians
This is a 1 to 2 day overview of current STD medical practices. The course may be tailored to meet specific needs relative to current disease prevalence and medical developments. To accommodate large audiences, a lecture format is utilized, along with limited case study presentations. In some locations, the STD Update may also be paired with an optional 2-day clinical practicum.
This is a I- to 2-day overview of current HIV/AIDS medical developments. To accommodate large audiences, a lecture format is utilized, along with a limited number of case study presentations.
Ask, Screen, Intervene: Effective Prevention in HIV Care
In concert with recommendations of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the National Institutes of Health, and the HIV Medicine Association of the Infectious Disease Society of America, this modular course is designed for care providers of persons living with HIV and promotes the use of the clinical encounter for the prevention of HIV/STD transmission. Continuing Education will be offered upon completion. Please check the national training calendar for course avaliability or contact your regional clinical training center.
Additional Course Offerings
NOTE: Contact the individual training centers for specifics about their additional course offerings
- Advanced STD Clinical Training
- Bacterial STD
- Darkfield Microscopy
- Emerging Trends in STD
- Genital Dermatology
- HIV: Acute Presentation and Natural History
- Laboratory Methods for Clinicians
- Legal Issues in STD Control
- Sex, Drugs & STD
- STD Intensive Adolescent
- STD and Community Health Workers
- STD Examination Skills
- Two-week STD Comprehensive
- Viral STD
- Wet Prep Workshop
Many PTCs have expert faculty who are available to provide STD presentations at local, regional, and national conferences for health care providers. Please contact the individual training centers for more information.