Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Experience

Course Aim

The aim of this program is to develop pharmacy professionals with advanced knowledge, training and expertise in the planning, implementation and maintenance of an antimicrobial stewardship program.

Program Overview

Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs (ASP) have been defined by the Infectious Diseases Society of America as “Coordinated interventions designed to improve and measure the appropriate use of antimicrobials by promoting the selection of the optimal antimicrobial drug regiment, dose, duration of therapy and route of administration.” At SickKids, our ASP team has a mandate to promote this stewardship through evaluation and monitoring of use of antibiotics in patient care in order to improve patient-related outcomes and create a hospital environment optimal for patient care.

The Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Experience offers a wide variety of clinical learning opportunities for pharmacists, focused on the planning, implementation and maintenance of an antimicrobial stewardship program. Learners will be supported to perform as change agents in the appropriate use of antibiotics in the hospital setting, and provided with customized learning activities and dedicated mentorship. This program is highly adaptable and may be customized to fit your unique organizational context.

Benefits for Participants:

Quality and Service Excellence

Engage with hospital-based systems and processes designed to achieve program momentum and maximize achievement. These processes include (but are not limited to): electronic antimicrobial consumption reporting systems, delivery of unit-specific reports on antimicrobial use, examine SickKids' antimicrobial guidelines and monitor cost-saving outcomes related to antibiotic use in the organization.

Education and Research

Explore opportunities to collaborate with other Pharmacy divisions and hospital departments to evaluate appropriate antibiotic use within relevant illnesses and care pathways. Participants will be exposed to research, evaluation methods and dissemination strategies to promote awareness and provide antimicrobial education.

Cross-Functional Collaboration

Expand individual leadership potential, and explore opportunities to foster dynamic cooperation and strengthen participants' abilities to drive change related to the appropriate use of antibiotics.

Benefits for Organizations:

Develop Change Innovators

Support pharmacists to return with new knowledge and ideas to implement change and drive growth in paediatric pharmacotherapeutic services, and initiate an Antimicrobial Stewardship Program within your organization.

Diverse Global Networking

Engage pharmacy leaders in your organization to maximize their individual development through access to SickKids pharmacy faculty in a diverse range of paediatric clinical practice areas, including the Antimicrobial Stewardship Team.

Course Information:


5 weeks
Dependent on individual learning objectives and organizational context


Professional Pharmacists

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