| The laboratory provides training in different areas
of the Microbiology laboratory to the residents and fellows of New York Medical College
and Westchester Medical Center. The training is provided in the laboratory diagnosis of
Viruses, Mycobacteria (TB), Mycoplasma, Ureaplasma, Pneumocystis and sexually transmitted
diseases (Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia). Residents and fellows spend upto a month
receiving training in these laboratories. This training is part of the rotation in
preparation for their board certification
On-site training is provided for new employees and employees that are reassigned to different work areas. The laboratory has an on going continuous education program for all employees in various disciplines of microbiology. Annual training is also provided in safe handling of blood-borne pathogens and in radiation, chemical and fire safety. Lectures and workshops are organized for laboratory and public health professionals in the diagnosis of infectious agents of public health significance in the community. Confidentiality training for protected health information related to HIPPA requirements, is provided to all existing and new staff members.
Laboratory tours are arranged for students from colleges and universities from Westchester County and sorrounding areas.
Student internships are also available in several disciplines of microbiology laboratories. Internship program provides education and training to students in different areas of public health microbiology. It also provides opportunities for students to do research on projects of public health interests.