Examination and Interpretation of Wet Preparations of Vaginal Specimens

Thursday, November 2, 2023

2:00-5:00PM (PDT)

  • In-person laboratory course onsite at the UC San Francisco campus
  • Intended for practicing clinicians with prior wet mount experience and microscopy skills
  • Capacity limited to 8 persons

The course begins with a fifteen minute didactic presentation on applicable issues of CLIA regulation, quality control, and interpretation vaginal wet mount (VWM) for common causes of vaginitis This will be followed by a fifteen minute video that details through the microscope footage of findings on VWM including trichomads, yeast and clue cells associated with BV. The remaining two and one-half hours consists of experiential training, including laboratory practicum on examination of saline and KOH vaginal wet mounts (VWM). During this portion of the training, participants will have an opportunity for group discussion, explanation, and demonstration, as well as practice and return demonstration.

Learning Objectives

  • Practice proper preparation of saline and KOH specimens of vaginal fluid to increase viability of specimens for microscopic evaluation.
  • Perform proper use of the light microscope to improve examination of saline and KOH wet mount specimens.
  • Assess wet mount microscopy specimens to appropriately interpret findings that support diagnosis of vulvovaginal candidiasis, bacterial vaginosis or trichomoniaisis.

STI Clinical Update Webinar: California Mpox Update for Healthcare Providers – October 2023

Thursday, October 26, 2023
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM (PDT)

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) continues to see statewide Mpox activity, including a large cluster in Los Angeles County. This webinar, presented by the California Prevention Training Center (CAPTC), features CDPH’s Mpox Clinical and Epidemiology teams, who will provide a clinical update and epidemiological overview of Mpox, and discuss new research findings relevant to primary care and other healthcare providers, including data on transmission, vaccine equity, and vaccine effectiveness. A question-and-answer session will follow.

Presented by:

Kayla Saadeh, MPH
Mpox Epidemiology Unit Lead
California Department of Public Health

Jessica Watson, MD, MPH
Mpox Public Health Medical Officer and Acting Clinical Lead
California Department of Public Health

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the clinical and epidemiological factors leading to Mpox infection, transmission, and severity as well as treatment options. 
  • Apply the latest information and research on Mpox, including transmission characteristics, vaccine equity, and vaccine effectiveness, to your clinical practice to ensure patients are appropriately vaccinated, diagnosed, tested, and treated for Mpox.

Please note: CME not available for viewing the webinar recording.

Let’s Talk About Doxy-PEP

What, how, and why to talk to your clients about Doxy-PEP.

STI Clinical Update Webinar: #EverythingChlamydia

Monday, July 31, 2023 from 12:00PM-1:15PM (PDT)

Presented by Drs. Kurtis Mohr and Rosalyn Plotzker

Registration for CME purposes closes three days before the webinar. After that time, you will be able to join the webinar, but you will not be able to get CME.

Chlamydia is an STI that can manage to damage our body in oh so many places. Watch this webinar to learn Everything about this “cloaked” assailant: from stats & numbers, to pathophys’, fevers, chills, and burning whiz! Plus screening, treatment & prevention, of course!

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the different sequelae of sexually transmitted C. trachomatis and their recommended treatments
  • Know the recommended screening strategies C. trachomatis

Meet our Experts

Kurtis Mohr, MD, AAHIVM
Dr. Mohr is a Family Medicine trained physician and recent 2022 graduate from Kaiser Permanente’s HIV Fellowship Program. He joined the California Department of Public Health in November 2022 as a Public Health Medical Officer in the STD Control Branch. His work focuses on preventative measures such as DoxyPEP and Hepatitis B & C screening outreach, along with Disseminated Gonococcal Infection (DGI) investigations.

Rosalyn Plotzker, MD, MPH
Dr. Plotzker is an Assistant Professor in the UCSF Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She completed a Fellowship in Sexually Transmitted Diseases with the CAPTC and CDPH. She serves as a Public Health Medical Officer in the STD Control Branch at CDPH.

National STD Curriculum

A free educational website from the University of Washington STD Prevention Training Center.

Syphilis Treatment Intervals in Non-Pregnant Patients: A Clinical Resource for Providers

What are appropriate treatment intervals for late latent syphilis or syphilis of unknown duration in non-pregnant people?

Prepared by the STD Control Branch, California Department of Public Health and California Prevention Training Center. Revised February 2023.

STI Clinical Update Webinar-Back to Basics: Fundamentals of STI/HIV Prevention

Tuesday, March 28, 2023 from 12:00-1:15PM (PDT)
A review of screening, treatment, and vaccination tools to prevent STIs and HIV.
Presented by Drs. Caterina Liu and Kurtis Mohr

Learning Objectives:

  • Review screening and treatment guidance for STIs and HIV.
  • Integrate biochemical prevention tools for STIs and HIV into clinical practice.
  • Summarize recommendations for Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, HPV, meningitis, and mpox vaccination.

STI Expert Hour Webinar: Mycoplasma Genitalium – What’s New?

January 18, 2023, 11:30 AM-12:45 PM (PST)

Presented by Dr. Lindley Barbee

This webinar will focus on an update of the clinical and epidemiologic aspects of Mycoplasma genitalium.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe clinical syndromes associated with Mycoplasma genitalium
  • Recognize trends in M. genitalium antimicrobial resistance
  • Manage difficult treatment issues M. genitalium

California STI Screening Recommendations

California Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Screening Recommendations

This resource from the California Department of Public Health and California Prevention Training Center provides a concise, gender-specific summary of recommended STI screening practices.

Download the California STI Screening Recommendations.

Or view the recommendations as a website.

STI Clinical Update Webinar: Syndromic Management of STIs – Part 2

Tuesday, December 6, 2022 from 12:00PM-1:15PM (PST)

Presented by Drs. Kathleen Jacobson and Kelly Johnson

A case-based approach to recognizing sexually transmitted infections, with a focus on those that disseminate outside the genital tract.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify various presentations of STI ulcerative disease
  • Understand that certain sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can disseminate outside the genital tract, sometimes causing severe disease
  • Recognize the varied clinical manifestations of disseminated STIs (including disseminated gonococcal infections, secondary syphilis, and mpox)
  • Understand how to diagnose and manage disseminated STIs