Antimicrobial Stewardship in Primary Care. Images of floating bacteria.

This series of multimedia modules, directed at community-based practitioners, provides current information about the consequences of use of antimicrobial agents, general principles for antimicrobial stewardship in primary care, as well as strategies to optimize antimicrobial use in a variety of common clinical scenarios.

Learning Outcomes

This online, self-paced course aims to:

  • Familiarize prescribers, pharmacists and others with the principles of antimicrobial stewardship and demonstrate the need for improved antimicrobial use in primary care;
  • Provide primary care practitioners with the skills and knowledge necessary to ensure appropriate use of antimicrobial agents; and
  • Familiarize primary care practitioners with additional resources available to support this area of practice.

Course Content

The course consists of four modules:

  • Module 1: Consequences of Use of Antimicrobial Agents
  • Module 2: Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Module 3: General Principles for Antimicrobial Stewardship in Primary Care
  • Module 4: Optimizing Antimicrobial Use in Primary Care

Module 4 contains 5 sections that outline strategies for optimizing the use of antimicrobials in a variety of scenarios commonly encountered in Canadian primary care settings, including the following:

  • Dental Practice
  • Gonococcal Infection
  • Respiratory Tract Infection
  • Skin and Soft Tissue Infection
  • Urinary Tract Infection

Accreditation - Physicians (expiry Mar. 28, 2020)

This Self-Learning program is certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) for up to 5 Mainpro+ credits. Upon successful completion of Modules 1, 2, 3 and at least one section of Module 4, you will receive a Statement of Completion (2.5 to 5 Mainpro+ credits).

Accreditation - Pharmacists (expiry Apr. 4, 2020)

This course is accredited by the Canadian Council for Continuing Education in Pharmacy (CCCEP) for up to 5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Upon successful completion of Modules 1, 2, 3 and at least one section of Module 4, you will receive a Statement of Completion (2.5 to 5 CEUs).

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PRICE: $99

Discounts are available to members of the School of Pharmacy community (e.g. alumni, co-op supervisors/preceptors) as well as large groups (e.g. 20 or more registrants from an organization). Discounts must be applied at the time of registration. Please contact to determine whether you are eligible for a discount. Discounts will not be provided retroactively.

"Great Program! Most infectious diseases education programs focus on in-hospital settings. It is nice to have a program to cater to the needs in primary care."

- JL, Family Health Team pharmacist, Antimicrobial Stewardship in Primary Care course participant

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Last updated: August 13, 2019