Thursday, October 31, 2013

Free Antimicrobial Stewardship Educational Materials for Use in Medical Schools

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
Here is a Letter to the Editor from Dr. Luther and colleagues at Wake Forest that was published in the November 1st edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases highlighting a free Antimicrobial Stewardship curriculum for use in medical schools.

This curriculum was developed as a joint venture by the Wake Forest School of Medicine, the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; it is available free online.

The above is a great resource and includes both didactic lectures and small group activities, for use in both the pre-clinical and clinical years.

It is estimated that 50% of antibiotic use is inappropriate; hopefully the above material (or similar educational programs) will help inform the next generation of physicians about optimal antibiotic prescribing.

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