Advanced Antimicrobial Stewardship Training Program

An “Advanced Antimicrobial Stewardship Program” was launched at the Annual MAD-ID Meeting, in 2011. This program is designed to meet the ongoing educational needs for those practitioners who have stewardship practice experience and/or basic education and skills training in this area of practice. Formerly delivered via a combination of live programming  and online lessons, plus a practical component, the entire didactic component is presented at the Annual Meeting (to view the entire Annual Meeting agenda and to register, click here). A practical component (completed at the participant’s place of practice) is still required. This Advanced Program will satisfy all ACPE requirements for “practice-based activities” (formerly referred to as “certificate programs”) and will address such topics as stewardship application in specific settings and patient populations, collecting and analyzing stewardship metrics, and novel approaches to promote stewardship programs and initiatives. In addition to the opportunity to earn a certificate of completion, participants will earn up to 16 hours of continuing pharmacy education (1.6 CEU).

Program Process and Content

Global Learning Objectives
The overall or Global Learning Objectives for the Advances Program do not change from year-to-year. While content for the live portion of the program varies from year-to-year, each year’s learning objectives serve to address the global objectives. The Global Objectives for the program are to:

  • List and apply advances in antimicrobial stewardship at the participant’s home institution/health system.
  • Describe the latest changes in antimicrobial resistance of clinical relevance to therapeutics both nationally and internationally.
  • Understand and apply advances in antimicrobial therapeutics, including such things as new agents, new vaccines and pharmacodynamics principles to patient care at the patient and system levels.
  • Describe changes in the regulatory landscape relevant to the management of patients with infectious diseases and their implications for antimicrobial stewardship programs.
  • Apply both epidemiologic and infection control and susceptibility surveillance methods, including the use of electronic data capture software, to assist in the analysis and interpretation of data reflecting anti-infective use, stewardship programs/interventions, and antimicrobial resistance
  • Prepare a plan to measure both patient outcome and economic impact of stewardship programs/initiatives at the institutional level
  • Propose methods for assessing quality improvement through local national and international benchmarking techniques
  • Prepare and implement an ongoing plan to successfully cost-justify new and established stewardship programs
  • Describe advances in diagnostic techniques (e.g., rapid molecular tests, biomarkers) and propose methods to incorporate their use/application to stewardship initiatives
  • Describe and defend how clinical pathways and other system-based approaches help influence appropriate antibiotic selection and use
  • Describe various methods to collaborate locally, regionally, nationally and internationally in advancing the science and practice of antimicrobial stewardship

Part 1: Live Component; 2018 Program Learning Objectives
Note: these objectives will be specifically addressed at our 2017 live program and relate back to the Global Learning Objectives listed above.

After completion of the 2017 Iteration of the Advanced Antimicrobial Stewardship Training Program the participant should be able to:

Depending on which four classroom/workshop sessions the participant attends, four of the following eight learning objectives should be achieved:

  1. Describe and dramatize techniques that can be used to improve communication between health care professionals and patients and apply this to your own practice.
  2. Select strategies to encourage expansion of antimicrobial stewardship across a health system and prioritize ASP objectives and strategies.
  3. Design an effective therapeutic drug monitoring plan for vancomycin using area-under-the-curve estimation, and discuss strategies for improving AUC-based TDM in patients.
  4. Recommend strategies for marketing antimicrobial stewardship programs to key internal and external stakeholders.
  5. Outline the steps to design, assess, and present a quality improvement or research project and apply this to evaluating the impact of an antimicrobial stewardship intervention.
  6. Select solutions and strategies to meet The Joint Commission standards for antimicrobial stewardship and apply them to your practice setting.
  7. Explain the process of tracking and reporting antibiotic use and identify an opportunity to apply benchmarking reports in your practice.
  8. Discuss the impact of penicillin allergy label on appropriate antimicrobial therapy and propose an antimicrobial stewardship intervention to clarify penicillin allergy labels.

The following learning objective relate to the remaining educational sessions:

  1. Identify methods for effective implementation of rapid diagnostic testing through integration of microbiology expertise in antimicrobial stewardship teams.
  2. Explain opportunities for antimicrobial stewardship programs to improve the value of laboratory testing and reduce errors through optimal selection and reporting of tests.
  3. Identify core principles of effective leadership techniques and explain how to leverage them within an antimicrobial stewardship program to expand and strengthen the multidisciplinary team.
  4. Identify unique challenges of optimizing antimicrobial use in special populations (neonatal, HIV, immunocompromised), and summarize the existing evidence for antimicrobial stewardship interventions in these settings.
  5. Describe the clinical implications of C. difficile infection on patient mortality and quality of life, and outline current evidence and guidelines for the management of severe infection and prevention of recurrence.
  6. List three examples of antimicrobial stewardship interventions in outpatient/transition-of-care settings and list barriers and solutions to antimicrobial stewardship in small hospital or outpatient settings.
  7. List and summarize the application stewardship principles and initiatives in the setting of long-term care facilities.

Part 2: Practical Component
The Practical Component represents a demonstration of application of acquired knowledge and skills, and is completed at the applicant’s site of practice. It entails 3 CE hours but no additional fees.

*The practical component should be completed within 12 months of the date of completion of Part 1 of the live sessions. For more detailed information, specific instructions on completing the practical component, and examples of acceptable projects click here

To download a practicum cover sheet, click here

Certificate of Completion
A certificate of completion will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the program, which MAD-ID will then mail to the successful participant.

Continuing Education Credit
MAD-ID is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Continuing education credit will be award for all successfully completed online lessons and live sessions regardless of whether the full program in completed.

Registration Fees
Regular Registration Fees:
Registration Fee (2018); paid when registering for annual meeting$225.00

Group Registration Fees are available (groups from same institution):
1-4 participants$225.00 per person
5 or more participants$215.00 per person