A new online training opportunity from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will teach participants how to optimize prescribing practices to reduce antibiotic resistance and facilitate open discussions between physicians and patients about antibiotic use. The curriculum will focus on the microbiome, adverse drug events, and Clostridium difficile infections.

The no-cost training course is the first in a four-part CDC web series on antibiotic stewardship.

The program offers up to eight hours of continuing education credits. The training is aimed at prescribing clinicians but also is open to:

  • physicians;
  • nurse practitioners;
  • physician assistants;
  • certified health education specialists;
  • nurses;
  • pharmacists; and
  • public health practitioners holding a master’s degree in public health.

The training fulfills the Improvement Activities Patient Safety and Practice Assessment (PSPA)_23 and PSPA_24 requirements under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Merit-based Incentive Payment System.

Contact Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.