A survey 116 PharmD programs throughout the United States found that integration of antimicrobial stewardship into curricula is variable, with considerable differences in activities and topics, according to a new study in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy.

The 116 responding programs represent 85% of the 137 Doctor of Pharmacy schools contacted for the survey. Respondents reported that stewardship was incorporated into 68.1% of required courses, 37.1% of elective courses, and 83.6% of experiential education components of the curricula.

The two most common antimicrobial stewardship topics were definitions, principles, and purpose (98.7% of required and 86.0% of elective curricula) and the pharmacist’s role in stewardship (93.7% and 83.7%). In experiential education courses, the pharmacist’s role in stewardship (96.9%), de-escalation of antimicrobials (96.9%), and antimicrobial dose optimization (95.9%) led the pack. PharmD programs employing a faculty member who specializes in antimicrobial stewardship were more likely to offer related experiential education than programs without antimicrobial stewardship faculty, 88.1% to 71.9%.
May 28 J Antimicrob Chemother study

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