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    3 Weeks
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    Self-paced on your time

About this course

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Internet Enduring Material Jointly Provided by Stanford University School of Medicine (CME) and University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy. Presented by the Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. Sponsored by the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Antibiotics are among the most frequently prescribed classes of drugs and it is estimated that approximately 50% of antibiotic use, in both the outpatient and inpatient settings, is inappropriate. At the same time, in contrast to any other class of drugs, every antibiotic use has a potential public health consequence – inappropriate use may not harm only the individual patient, but contributes to societal harm by exerting an unnecessary selective pressure that may lead to antibiotic resistance among bacteria.

This video based course will introduce learners to the basic principles of appropriate antibiotic use, demonstrate how to apply these principles to the management of common infections, and outline how to develop and maintain an antimicrobial stewardship program. We will offer a number of illustrative cases, recognizable to the practicing physician in his or her practice to engage learners in the thought processes that lead to optimal decision making, improved outcomes of individual patients, and harm reduction vis-a-vis the bacterial ecology. The course will also explore strategies to implement principles of antimicrobial stewardship both in your practice and also at a program level.

Intended Audience

This course will offer a practical approach to prescribing antibiotic therapy and development of antimicrobial stewardship to physicians and pharmacists across all specialties and settings.


The Stanford University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Stanford University School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

If you would like to earn CME credit from Stanford University School of Medicine for participating in this course, please review the information here prior to beginning the activity.

Additional Instructors

Niaz Banaei, MD
Raj Behal, MD, MPH
Kristi Kuper, PharmD, BCPS
Anne Liu, MD
Preeti N. Malani, MD, MSJ, MS
Jason Newland, MD, MEd, FPIDS
Susan Seo, MD
Edward A. Stenehjem, MD, MSc
Kavita Trivedi, MD
Danilo Lo Fo Wong, PhD
Thomas M File Jr., MD, MSc, MACP, FIDSA, FCCP
Conan MacDougall, PharmD, MAS, BCPS
Lina Meng, PharmD, BCPS, BCCP

What you'll learn

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  • Apply IDSA guidelines in treating infections such as acute rhino-sinusitis, cystitis and acute bronchitis.
  • Incorporate guidelines/standardized protocols to diagnose and prescribe antibiotic therapy for treating sepsis.
  • Develop strategies to implement evidence based practices for antimicrobial stewardship in your practice setting.
  • Develop a plan to lead an antimicrobial stewardship program.

Meet your instructors

Stan Deresinski
Clinical Professor of Medicine
Stanford University
Marisa Holubar
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine
Emily Mui
Infectious Disease Pharmacist, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
Stanford University
Elizabeth Robilotti
Associate Director, Infection Control Program
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

Who can take this course?

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