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January 2011
Education & Resources
Online CME Available: Antimicrobial Stewardship in a Community Hospital

A free CME activity outlining practical tools and techniques for implementing antimicrobial stewardship programs at community hospitals is available online at Medscape. The activity features a panel of leading ID specialists, hospitalists, and health system pharmacists discussing the latest information about the most relevant issues related to the challenges, current management, and latest developments for implementation of antimicrobial stewardship principles at nonteaching community hospitals.

The scientific roundtable meeting was presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Cooperating organizations include IDSA, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), the American Medical Association (AMA), the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM), and the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists (SIDP).

After completing the activity, participants should be better able to:

  • evaluate the principles and objectives of an antimicrobial stewardship program
  • identify the barriers to implementing a successful stewardship program in a community hospital
  • list the key elements of an antimicrobial stewardship program for a community hospital
  • integrate evidence-based practices and resources to improve antimicrobial use
  • facilitate interaction with the medical staff at the health care facility to promote acceptance of a stewardship program

The program can be found on Medscape at: It was jointly sponsored by the University of Cincinnati, the Potomac Center for Medical Education, and Rockpointe®. The program was was supported by an educational grant from Ortho-McNeil™ Inc.
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