2013 STD Intensive 3-Day

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate improved skills in sexual history-taking and patient examination
  • Demonstrate improved skills in lab specimen collection and results interpretation
  • Demonstrate improved skills in diagnosis and management of STDs frequently encountered in outpatient settings

Method of Instruction
Clinical courses feature approximately 12 hours of pre-course self-study followed by 3 days of on-site training that includes case discussion, clinical skills practicum, and hands-on laboratory instruction (wet mount). Interested in devoting 3 consecutive days to training? Register for the Boston (MGH) site.

Boston (MGH)

  • February 25-27, 2013
  • June 4-6, 2013
  • September 25-27, 2013
  • November 4-6, 2013

*Limit: 4 Participants per course

2013 STD Intensive Flex

Can't devote three consecutive days to training? Register for the Hartford course site, which offers one day of didactic lecture, case discussion, and lab instruction (wet mount), followed by two days of hands-on training at a time that is convenient for you.


Hartford, CT

  • April 30, 2013
  • June 25, 2013
  • August 13, 2013
  • October 29, 2013

*Limit: 5 Participants per course

Online STD Cases


  • Describe elements included when taking a sexual history from a patient with a suspected STD
  • Identify typical signs and symptoms for PID, syphilis, vaginitis, HPV, and urethritis
  • Select appropriate lab testing for STD syndromes
  • Discuss treatment for STD syndromes
  • Discuss counseling and partner management of STD-infected patients

Method of Instruction

Online, case-based review, approximately 6 hours. Free continuing education credits available.


Advanced STD Intensive (ID Fellows)

Target Audience
This training is reserved for infectious disease fellows.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate improved skills in the differential diagnosis of STDs, including less prevalent STDs
  • Describe the atypical manifestations of STDs
  • Demonstrate improved skills in managing complications and sequelae of STDs, including those in pregnant women and neonates

Method of Instruction
This program features 13 hours of didactic lectures and case discussions, along with 5 hours of on-site clinical training which includes a hands-on laboratory (wet mount) and clinical skills practicum.


  • Boston (MGH) and State Laboratory Institute, Jamaica Plain, MA
    December 2-5, 2013

Laboratory Course Descriptions

Target Audience
Clinicians and laboratorians who perform or plan to perform lab testing for the diagnosis of STDs.

Method of Instruction
Laboratory courses integrate lectures on methodology, interpretive techniques, observations and demonstrations with hands-on exercises using clinical specimens.

Brightfield Microscopy
Wet Mounts (1/2 Day)

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the procedure for proper specimen collection and testing
  • Demonstrate the proper techniques for examining and interpreting specimens

State Laboratory Institute, Jamaica Plain, MA

  • February 27, 2013 (AM)
  • September 25, 2013 (PM)

*Limit: 10 Participants per course

This information is provided by Division of Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Prevention within the Department of Public Health.