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Stanford University

Antimicrobial Stewardship: Improving Clinical Outcomes By Optimization of Antibiotic Practices

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Internet Enduring Material provided by Stanford University School of Medicine. 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.


In support of improving patient care, Stanford Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation
American Medical Association (AMA)

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

Taught by

Stan Deresinski, Marisa Holubar, Emily Mui and Elizabeth Robilotti


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  • Anonymous
    Muito otimo!, Agradeço muito a oportunidade!Muito otimo! Very great!, Thank you very much for the opportunity! Molto bene!, grazie mille per l'opportunità!
    ¡Muy bien!, ¡muchas gracias por la oportunidad! Очень хорошо! Большое спасибо за возможность!
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    Ahsan Ali
    A very good course for medical professionals across all specialities for a good review in antimicrobial, especially antibacterial stewardship and our vital role in bringing about a halt to antimicrobial resistance.

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