Using Antimicrobials Judiciously in an Age of Drug Resistance: Teaching Principles of Antimicrobial Stewardship to the next generation of Health Care Providers

Title Using Antimicrobials Judiciously in an Age of Drug Resistance: Teaching Principles of Antimicrobial Stewardship to the next generation of Health Care Providers
Faculty/College/Unit Medicine
Status Active
Duration 3 Years
Initiation 04/01/2015
Project Summary

Antibiotics are one of the main classes of medications used in healthcare. With increasing antimicrobial resistance and dwindling antibiotic options, future healthcare practitioners need to learn how to use antibiotics judiciously. Antimicrobial stewardship is the promotion of responsible practice around antimicrobial use. The goal is to ensure that healthcare providers use appropriate antimicrobial agents with the correct dose, route, and duration. These measures have been shown to improve patient outcomes, reduce antibiotic resistance, and decrease healthcare costs.

Our project proposes a two-tier curriculum aimed at teaching students in the health disciplines the basic principles of antimicrobial stewardship. The first tier is targeted at all undergraduate medical, pharmacy and nursing students and consists of five online modules and a student-run website. The second tier is an advanced curriculum for students with more interest, including online research training and student-driven research projects about antimicrobial stewardship questions, with one-on-one faculty mentorship.

Funding Details
Year 1: Project Year Year 1
Year 1: Funding Year 2015/2016
Year 1: Project Type Small TLEF
Year 1: Principal Investigator Ashley Roberts
Year 1: Funded Amount 13,000
Year 1: Team Members

Dr. Kristopher Kang, Pediatric Resident, Department of Pediatrics
Karen Ng, UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Vanessa Paquette, UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Junghwan Bae, UBC Pharmacy student
Jillian Schina, UBC Pharmacy student
Bhupinder Johal, UBC Medical Student Yr 4
Dr. Peter Tilley, Division of Medical Microbiology
Dr. Rod Rassekh, Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
Dr. Joseph Ting, Division of Neonatology
Dr. Srinivas Murthy, Division of Pediatric Critical Care
Dr. SImon Dobson, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Tina Stewart, Nurse Educator, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, British Columbia Children's Hospital
Lisa Jacques, Clinical Nurse Educator, Pediatric Oncology, British Columbia Children's Hospital