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Bridging Gaps: A Review of Antimicrobial Stewardship Certification Programs

Posted on 12/18/15

healthcare_associated_infection_clinical.jpgThe National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria calls for the formation of antimicrobial stewardship programs within hospitals, critical access hospitals, long-term care facilities and nursing homes by 2018. Furthermore, the Plan recommends these antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASP) be co-led by a pharmacist, ideally with formal infectious diseases training. 1,2 The ASHP Online Residency Directory shows 75 locations offering a PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Residency and the American Hospital Association reports there are 5,686 registered hospitals in the United States.3,4 There will obviously be a shortage of qualified pharmacists.

This gap can be filled by education provided via antimicrobial stewardship certification programs. There are currently two certificate issuing programs available for pharmacists, pertinent details for each program are listed in below. 5,6,7

Making A Difference in Infectious Diseases (MAD-ID) Advanced Antimicrobial Stewardship Training Program Cost of Program: $500 – per pharmacist for all components, $350 – per trainee (resident or fellow in training), $300 – developing nations. Discounts available for larger groups from the same institution. Continuing Education Credits: 19 ACPE accredited CE Hours
Time to Completion: Participant dependent
Curriculum: Internet component; teleconference component; practical component which is to be completed at practice site within 12 months of completion of the teleconference component

Making A Difference in Infectious Diseases (MAD-ID) Advanced Antimicrobial Stewardship Training Program Cost of Program: $350 – per pharmacist. Discounts available for larger groups from the same institution.
Continuing Education Credits: 16 ACPE accredited CE Hours
Time to Completion: 12 months
Curriculum: Live component provided at the annual MAD-ID Meeting in May of each year; practical component which is to be completed at practice site within 12 months of completion of the live component.

Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists (SIDP) Antimicrobial Stewardship - A Certificate Program for Pharmacists (Provided jointly by ProCE)
Cost of Program: $750 – per pharmacist, $500 – per trainee (resident, fellow, graduate student). Discounts available for larger groups from the same institution.
Continuing Education Credits: 40-43 ACPE accredited CE Hours
Time to Completion: 14 months
Curriculum: Phase 1: Self-study; Phase 2: Live webinars (Phase 1 & 2 must be completed within 8 months of registration); Phase 3: Skills component completed at practice site

Different strategies could be implemented to ensure your site has the adequate resources to support an antimicrobial stewardship program. For example, sites with limited resources could support training and certification for one pharmacist and that person could disseminate their knowledge to the remainder of the staff. Sites with increased demand (e.g., larger practices, high volume of ID-related care) and/or the necessary resources could send multiple pharmacists through the training.

Regardless of the strategy used, antimicrobial stewardship training should be included in upcoming budgets in order to adequately prepare for the upcoming mandate to provide an antimicrobial stewardship program within your practice setting.

References:

  1. The White House. (2015). National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria. Washington, DC: The White House. Retrieved from https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/national_action_plan_for_combating_antibotic-resistant_bacteria.pdf
  2. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. (2014). Core Elements of Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship Programs. Atlantic, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/healthcare/pdfs/core-elements.pdf
  3. American Hospital Association. (Updated January 2015). Fast Facts on US Hospitals. Retrieved from http://www.aha.org/research/rc/stat-studies/fast-facts.shtml
  4. American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Online Residency Directory. Search term: PGY2 – Infectious Diseases Pharmacy. Retrieved from https://accred.ashp.org/aps/pages/directory/residencyProgramSearch.aspx December 15, 2015.
  5. Making A Difference in Infectious Diseases (MAD-ID). Basic Antimicrobial Stewardship Training Program. http://mad-id.org/antimicrobial-stewardship-programs/antimicrobial-stewardship-programs-basic-program/ Retrieved December 16, 2015.
  6. Making A Difference in Infectious Diseases (MAD-ID). Advanced Antimicrobial Stewardship Training Program. http://mad-id.org/antimicrobial-stewardship-programs/advanced-program/. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
  7. Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists (SIDP). Antimicrobial Stewardship A Certificate Program for Pharmacists. http://www.sidp.org/page-1442823. Retrieved December 15, 2015.

Topics: Antimicrobial Stewardship

About the Author

Mylinda Dill PharmD is a Pharmacy Fellow for Wolters Kluwer. She is a graduate from Harding University College of Pharmacy. Before pursuing her career in pharmacy, Dr. Dill proudly served in the United States Navy, where she received a Navy Achievement Medal. She also brings a strong research background and a commitment to volunteerism. She is a member of the International Society For Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR), the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), and the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).