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{00cd377d02efe16114684f327ed343fe9216f6e2e292d0bf6ce21dcca265c687} of the 137 Doctor of Pharmacy schools contacted for the survey. Respondents reported that stewardship was incorporated into 68.1{00cd377d02efe16114684f327ed343fe9216f6e2e292d0bf6ce21dcca265c687} of required courses, 37.1{00cd377d02efe16114684f327ed343fe9216f6e2e292d0bf6ce21dcca265c687} of elective courses, and 83.6{00cd377d02efe16114684f327ed343fe9216f6e2e292d0bf6ce21dcca265c687} of experiential education components of the curricula.

The two most common antimicrobial stewardship topics were definitions, principles, and purpose (98.7{00cd377d02efe16114684f327ed343fe9216f6e2e292d0bf6ce21dcca265c687} of required and 86.0{00cd377d02efe16114684f327ed343fe9216f6e2e292d0bf6ce21dcca265c687} of elective curricula) and the pharmacist’s role in stewardship (93.7{00cd377d02efe16114684f327ed343fe9216f6e2e292d0bf6ce21dcca265c687} and 83.7{00cd377d02efe16114684f327ed343fe9216f6e2e292d0bf6ce21dcca265c687}). In experiential education courses, the pharmacist’s role in stewardship (96.9{00cd377d02efe16114684f327ed343fe9216f6e2e292d0bf6ce21dcca265c687}), de-escalation of antimicrobials (96.9{00cd377d02efe16114684f327ed343fe9216f6e2e292d0bf6ce21dcca265c687}), and antimicrobial dose optimization (95.9{00cd377d02efe16114684f327ed343fe9216f6e2e292d0bf6ce21dcca265c687}) 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{00cd377d02efe16114684f327ed343fe9216f6e2e292d0bf6ce21dcca265c687} to 71.9{00cd377d02efe16114684f327ed343fe9216f6e2e292d0bf6ce21dcca265c687}.
May 28 J Antimicrob Chemother study

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