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

TitleUsing Antimicrobials Judiciously in an Age of Drug Resistance: Teaching Principles of Antimicrobial Stewardship to the next generation of Health Care Providers
Faculty/College/UnitMedicine
StatusActive
Duration3 Years
Initiation04/01/2015
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 YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2015/2016
Year 1: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorAshley Roberts
Year 1: Funded Amount13,000
Year 1: Team Members

Ashley Roberts, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine
Kristopher Kang, Pediatric Resident, Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine
Karen Ng, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Vanessa Paquette, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Junghwan Bae, UBC Pharmacy student
Jillian Schina, UBC Pharmacy student
Bhupinder Johal, UBC 4th Year Medical Student
Peter Tilley, Medical Microbiology
Rod Rassekh, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
Joseph Ting, Neonatology
Srinivas Murthy, Pediatric Critical Care
SImon Dobson, 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