Statement of Need
Significant increases in worldwide antimicrobial resistance has created an urgent need for the appropriate use and management of antimicrobial prescribing. Hence the concept of Antimicrobial Stewardship has become the primary driving mechanism for the optimization of patient care and the preservation of our antimicrobial armament. Guidelines for developing and enhancing antimicrobial stewardship from the Infectious Diseases Society of America (Dellit et al. CID 2007;44:159-77.) have highlighted the need for Infectious Diseases trained clinical pharmacists as a core component for the development and maintenance of an appropriate antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP). The limited amount of clinical pharmacy residencies in infectious diseases however, cannot appropriately train the amount of skilled clinicians needed to take on these important clinical roles. The MAD-ID Antimicrobial Stewardship Training Program is designed to help practitioners who are residency trained (or equivalent experience) who are currently or planning to pursue antimicrobial stewardship activities.

MAD-ID offers two Antimicrobial Stewardship Training Programs:
Basic Program: Designed to teach the basic skills and provide an overview of Antimicrobial Stewardship practice needed to develop an Antimicrobial Stewardship Program.
Advanced Program: Designed to meet the needs of pharmacists, physicians and other providers that have some antimicrobial stewardship experience and/or basic skills in this area. CPE and CME credit for didactic portion provided by MAD-ID and NFID, respectively

Software and Hardware Requirements
The following are suggested for optimal online participation in the Basic Program:
Internet Connection: DSL or better broadband connection
Hardware: computer with 512 MB RAM or better running:
Windows XP SP3 or better with Internet Explorer 7 or greater, Firefox 12 or greater, Safari 4 or greater, OR Chrome 12 or greater.
Mac OS 10.5.7 or greater, Firefox 12 or greater, OR Safari 4 or greater.