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August 21, 2019

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IDSA’s New Core Antimicrobial Stewardship Curriculum Now Available

IDSA’s Core Antimicrobial Stewardship (AS) Curriculum is now available for purchase via IDSA Academy. It is designed to provide ID fellows with a foundation in antimicrobial stewardship, regardless of their ultimate career plans, as well as ensure that we are training future leaders in the field. 

While the curriculum was designed for ID fellows, any healthcare professional or “steward-in-training” desiring education and training in AS will find the materials beneficial and can purchase the “self-study” version of the curriculum.

IDSA would like to thank members of the AS Curriculum Workgroup for all of the time and effort they dedicated to this important society initiative. 

Key features of the curriculum include:

  • Robust and applicable to all ID fellows: The AS curriculum will include “core” elements that provide foundational training in AS that are essential components of ID training for all fellows, regardless of their future career plans. It will also include “advanced” elements for fellows who wish to become leaders in AS upon graduation.
  • Adaptable for home institutions: While there will be suggestions on how to integrate the AS curricula into current ID fellowship training, the elements of the curriculum can be used separately and at various points in training so that programs can tailor the elements to fit into their program.
  • Versatile to accommodate varying AS resources at home institutions: Resources for faculty instructors and fellow self-directed learning will be provided. The AS curriculum will include direction on how to use the educational activities in order to capitalize on or augment existing AS resources.
  • Feasible: The curriculum is being designed with respect for the numerous and varied educational priorities that are a part of ID fellowship training. Estimates of time and resource commitments needed in order to implement a given component will be provided.
  • Engaging: Active learning techniques will be emphasized in order to augment learner engagement and enhance retention of content. Resources for evaluating fellow competence in AS will also be included.

An Advanced AS Curriculum for fellows planning to become leaders in antimicrobial stewardship is in development.

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