Common Infections

  • Differentiate between viral and bacterial causes of sore throat and initiate an evidence-based investigation and management plan for pharyngitis.
  • Differentiate between viral and bacterial causes of sinusitis and initiate an evidence-based investigation and management plan.
  • List common causes of otitis media and initiate an approach to management.
  • Differentiate between common infectious causes of cough including bronchitis, pneumonia and viral upper respiratory tract infection.
  • Be able to interpret a urinalysis in the context of a patient presenting with urinary tract symptoms and be able to differentiate between uncomplicated and complicated UTIs.
  • List the first-line antibiotics used in each of the common infections listed and potential side effects

Core Resources

Common Infections Core Curriculum Module Summary

Mardimae A, Moaveni A, Young S. Common Infections Core Curriculum Module Summary.  University of Toronto.  Family and Community Medicine. Revised May 2017.

Otitis Media 2019.pdf

Burles K, Vaughan SD, Keegan DA. Otitis Media. Canadian Family Medicine Clinical Card. 2019. Available at: https://sites.google.com/site/sharcfm/

Sore Throat.pdf

Kaplan A. Canadian guidelines for acute bacterial rhinosinusitis: Clinical summary. Canadian Family Physician. 2014;60(3):227-234.

Urinary Tract Infection 2019.pdf

Burles K, Vaughan SD, Keegan DA. Urinary Tract Infection. Canadian Family Medicine Clinical Card. 2019. Available at: https://sites.google.com/site/sharcfm/

Sinusitis 2019.pdf

Burles K, Vaughan SD, Keegan DA. Sinusitis. Canadian Family Medicine Clinical Card. 2019. Available at: https://sites.google.com/site/sharcfm/

Canadian guidelines for acute bacterial rhinosinusitis: Clinical summar

Kaplan A. Canadian guidelines for acute bacterial rhinosinusitis: Clinical summary. Canadian Family Physician. 2014;60(3):227-234.

Common Infections emodule

Law M, Mardimae A, Moaveni A et al. Common Infections: Family and Community Medicine Clerkship Core Curriculum Module. University of Toronto. Available at http://emodules.med.utoronto.ca/FM/common_infection/story.html

Supplemental Resources

Fever Clinical Card.pdf

Chung AB, Bannister SL, Keegan DA. Fever. Canadian Family Medicine Clinical Card. 2011. Available at: https://sites.google.com/site/sharcfm/