Postgraduate Specialisation in Medical Genetics

Clinical biochemistry and clinical molecular biology

Course code
Name of lecturer
Giuseppe Lippi
Giuseppe Lippi
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
not yet allocated

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student will be able to apply choices and paths based on probabilistic criteria, usefulness and risk-benefit to the diagnostic process, being able to critically evaluate the Evidence-Based Medicine criteria (EBM). He/She will learn the value of Clinical Biochemistry on the diagnostic and therapeutic clinical decision making. The student will be finally able to guide the appropriate choice of laboratory tests and to correctly interpret their results, taking into account both interfering variables and confounding factors.


At the end of the course the student:
1) Will know the general interpretation of the laboratory test criteria based on concepts of normality, reference intervals, analytical and biological variability intra- and interindividual. Will be able to interpret the diagnostic value of laboratory tests: specificity, sensitivity, positive and negative predictive value.
2) Will know the basic principles of laboratory methods in pre-analytical phase (sampling, processing and storage of samples), in the analytical phase (basic principles and implementation of the most important laboratory techniques), and post-analytical phase (collection, processing and reporting of data, quality control).
3) Will know the meaning underlying pathophysiological alterations of laboratory indices, and will integrate these changes with signs and symptoms detected clinically by history and physical examination to arrive at an interpretation of the most important diagnostic clinical syndromes.
4) Based on the pathophysiological significance and clinical laboratory test will recognize the motivations of test requests, the logic and semiologic value of individual tests in typical clinical cases.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Ciaccio M, Lippi G Biochimica Clinica e Medicina di Laboratorio (Edizione 2017) EdiSES Edizioni Scientifiche ed Universitarie 2017 9788879599580

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral verification

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