Patients with infectious diseases are commonly encountered in nearly every area of clinical pharmacy practice.  A good foundation in infectious diseases and the ability to appropriately manage these patients makes you a better all-around clinician. Are your infectious diseases knowledge and skills as good as you would like them to be?  This interactive, practice-based program will provide health care professionals and students with a review of fundamental principles of infectious diseases and a more in-depth coverage of selected topics.  The overall emphasis of this training program will be the therapeutic use of antimicrobial agents in preventing and treating infections.  During this program we will discuss disease pathophysiology and microbial etiology, antimicrobial pharmacology, rational selection of appropriate antimicrobial drug therapy, appropriate monitoring of patients for drug efficacy and safety, and clinical application of pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) principles.  Clinical, case-based scenarios will be used as vehicles for in-depth discussions of safe and efficacious drug use in diverse populations including both immunocompetent and immunocompromised patients. Current standards of care as well as controversial issues will be discussed. Principles of good antimicrobial stewardship and effective clinical communications will be highlighted throughout the course.  Together we will explore the fascinating world of infectious diseases and further develop your knowledge and skills needed to optimize patient care and clinical outcomes

After completion of the program, participants will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental concepts and nomenclature in clinical microbiology.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of in vitro susceptibility testing and apply results of these tests to the selection and therapeutic use of antimicrobial agents.
  • Recognize common mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance and appropriately select or modify antimicrobial therapy to achieve improved patient outcomes.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of antimicrobial PK/PD characteristics and PK/PD modeling (e.g., Monte Carlo simulation), and apply PK/PD principles to the care of individual patients with specific infectious diseases.
  • Critically evaluate differences in the pharmacology, spectra of activity, PK/PD characteristics, and other important properties of antimicrobials in order to select the most appropriate agent for an individual patient with a specific infectious disease.
  • Use evidence-based guidelines in conjunction with relevant patient factors to formulate or modify patient-specific medication plans for the treatment of infectious diseases.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental concepts of antimicrobial stewardship and apply these concepts to the optimization of clinical and medication use outcomes in individual patients.
  • Identify key elements of an antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP), and formulate plans for implementation or ongoing development of a formalized ASP within a given institution.
  • Appropriately apply principles of infection prevention to the care of individual patients and institutional practices related to infectious diseases and antimicrobial use.
  • Critically evaluate literature related to infectious diseases, including study design and statistical analyses common to clinical trials in infectious diseases.
  • Evaluate web-based resources used to obtain information related to infectious diseases pharmacotherapy (e.g., EUCAST, CLSI M100, Up to Date).

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