Coursera – Stanford Online Course on Antimicrobial Stewardship

The most frequently prescribed classes of drugs are antibiotics. As per the estimation, in both inpatient and outpatient setting, 50% of the antibiotic use is inappropriate. Antibiotic use also has public health consequences and its inappropriate use not only harms an individual patient but also leads to antibiotic resistance among bacteria when it contributes to social harm that exerts unnecessary selective pressure.

Through this course you will get lots of illustrative cases that are recognizable to the practicing physicians and while engaging in their practice, your thought process leads to optimal decision making, improved outcomes of the individual patients and harm reduction through the bacterial ecology.

You can access the course material for free but CME processing fee will be charged. This course will run for 104 weeks and the total contribution expected by students is 1-2 hours of work per week. This course will be taught in English language.

The Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine

Course Date & Duration

-Ongoing registration for this self-paced course is available until November 22 , 2015
-Estimated Time to Complete: Six hours

Eligibility Criteria

Physicians and Pharmacists across all the specialties and setting are eligible to apply.

Course Structure

Unit 1: The Basic Clinical Science of Antimicrobial Use:
• Introduction to Antimicrobial Stewardship
• The Story of Penicillin
• Principles of Antimicrobial Use
• Principles of Antibacterial Pharmacokinetics & Pharmacodynamics
• Sepsis Case Study: Application of Principles
• Introduction to Bacterial Resistance
• Antibiotic Resistance: Gram Positive Resistance Beyond PCN
• Antimicrobial Resistance: Mycobacterial, Viral and Fungal Resistant
• Acute Bacterial Skin and Skin Structure Infections
• Antibiotic Allergies
• Cystitis
• Upper Respiratory Tract Infections
• Community Acquired Pneumonia in the Outpatient Setting

Unit 2: Practical Aspects of Antimicrobial Stewardship and Application to Special Circumstances and Populations:
• Antibiotic Stewardship Interventions
• Convincing the C-Suite
• Measurements and Metrics
• Incorporating Clinical Decision Support into Stewardship
• Diagnostics
• Infection Prevention and Antimicrobial Stewardship
• Surgical Site Prophylaxis
• Out-Patient Parenteral Therapy
• Antimicrobial Stewardship in Pediatrics
• Antimicrobial Stewardship and Transplant Infectious Diseases
• Antimicrobial Stewardship: Long-term Care
• Antimicrobial Use at the end of life
• Conclusion

Course Format

Videos by leading experts in the field will provide up to date scientific information and case studies will engage learners in the educational process. Quizzes will facilitate better integration of the information into strategies to apply in practice. 

Reliable internet connection is required to access course resources and to watch lecture videos.  Full guarantee cannot be provided by Coursera if you are accessing this site through mobile device, however most of its features will load and function.

Note : CME Processing Fee: $20 and CME Credits Offered: 6.0

For detailed information about the online course, visit the official website of Coursera.

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