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WMJ Vol. 117 No. 5: Review Article

Promoting Antimicrobial Stewardship by Incorporating It in Undergraduate Medical Education Curricula

 
Aaron P. Beck; Kelsey Baubie, MPH, MS; Mary Jo Knobloch, PhD, MPH; Nasia Safdar, MD, PhD
 

 

 

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Abstract

Background: Education related to antimicrobial stewardship—the judicious use of antimicrobials—is essential to stem the rising tide of resistance.

Methods: Using a scoping review method that includes a consultation component, we explored the extent to which antimicrobial stewardship is incorporated in undergraduate medical education.

Results: We found 4 studies evaluating stewardship content in undergraduate medical school curricula along with 2 studies assessing the effectiveness of specific stewardship training programs in medical education.

Discussion: We highlight three recommendations: (1) if applicable, identify an institutional “champion” and incorporate antibiotic stewardship-related content into medical school curriculum; (2) evaluate the status and effectiveness of antibiotic stewardship curricular components in medical education; (3) conduct research evaluating the long-term outcomes of antibiotic stewardship training in medical education.

Author Affiliations: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, (Beck, Baubie); Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine, University of Wisconsin Madison, (Knobloch, Safdar); William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, (Knobloch, Safdar); Madison, Wis.

Corresponding Author: Nasia Safdar, MD, PhD, University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation Centennial Building, 1685 Highland Ave, Madison, WI 53705-2281; phone 608.213.4075; fax 608.263.4464; email ns2@medicine.wisc.edu.

Funding/Support: None declared.

Financial Disclosures: None declared.