|Using Antimicrobials Judiciously in an Age of Drug Resistance: Teaching Principles of Antimicrobial Stewardship to the next generation of Health Care Providers
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.
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Ashley Roberts, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine