Get Smart About Antibiotics: An Antibiotic Stewardship Curriculum for Medical Students

The World Health Organization has identified antibiotic resistance as one of the top five threats to human health. To address this, the Health and Human Services (HHS) Interagency Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance action plan highlights four overarching strategies to address antimicrobial resistance including surveillance, research, new product development, and prevention and control.

Get Smart About Antibiotics: An Antibiotic Stewardship Curriculum was developed by Wake Forest School of Medicine in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) to increase understanding of antimicrobial resistance prevention and control among medical students.

Authors and reviewers include academic infectious disease physicians, researchers, public health officers and communication specialists. It is structured to address the microbiological and pharmacological components of antimicrobial use in outpatient and inpatient settings.

Learning objectives include increased understanding of the following concepts and practices:

  • Antibiotic susceptibility, antibiotic resistance and breakpoints
  • Methods for determining antibiotic susceptibility
  • Factors that contribute to antibiotic resistance
  • Bacterial resistance mechanisms and the antibiotic classes each affects
  • Clinical implications of antibiotic resistance for Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pneumoniae and gram-negative organisms
  • Effects of antibiotic use
  • Antibiotic stewardship
  • Antimicrobial selection
  • Empiric antibiotic therapy for common inpatient and outpatient infections
  • Tenets of appropriate antibiotic use 

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