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CME: Novel antimicrobials and infectious disease practice: Research updates from ID Week 2019


Activity Description / Statement of Need:

In this online CME self-learning activity:

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a phenomenon fueled by the selection pressure leveled against microorganisms through the use and misuse of antimicrobials in clinical and agricultural settings as well as horizontal gene transfer between pathogens. The WHO predicts that there will be 50 million deaths caused by infectious diseases, and the U.N. General Assembly has designated the emergence of AMR the largest world health problem.

The World Health Assembly has endorsed a Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance, including one step to address AMR: the sustainable investment in and development of new antimicrobials. Helping the clinician discern the role of these advances merits continuing healthcare professional education, as research suggests that HCPs are oftentimes unable to keep up with the steady publishing of literature and evolution of clinical practice. In so doing, the goal is to educate clinicians about the appropriate role of novel antibiotics so that they may more effectively address the challenge of AMR rather than contributing to it.

Target Audience:

HCPs specializing in: Infectious disease, critical care, and primary care; physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and pharmacists who practice in the aforementioned areas of specialty; and any other healthcare professionals with an interest in or who treat patients with antimicrobials.

Commercial Support Disclosure: This activity is supported by an educational grant from Merck.

Learners may participate in this activity free of charge.

Release Date: June 04, 2020 -- Expiration Date: June 04, 2022

Faculty: Jody Wedret, RPh, FASHP, FCSHP


  • Faculty member introduction, disclosures, overview of infectious diseases
  • Major findings from IDWeek 2019, including clinical trial data relevant to both community and health-system practice and recognized barriers to implementing those findings in practice (specific content contingent upon conference content)
  • Predicted of applicability to clinical practice and patient cases, where relevant
  • Concluding remarks

Learning Objectives

By the end of the session the participant will be able to:

  • Identify key findings from the ID Week 2019 conference.
  • Apply the changes in CAP guidelines 2019 from 2007.
  • Identify novel drugs approved in 2019 and their potential.
  • Understand the implications of some current research and paradigm shifts.
  • Review HIV progress in the last year.


ACCME Activity #201861258


Faculty Disclosure and Resolution of COI

As a provider of continuing medical education, it is the policy of ScientiaCME to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of its educational activities. In accordance with this policy, faculty and educational planners must disclose any significant relationships with commercial interests whose products or devices may be mentioned in faculty presentations, and any relationships with the commercial supporter of the activity. The intent of this disclosure is to provide the intended audience with information on which they can make their own judgments. Additionally, in the event a conflict of interest (COI) does exist, it is the policy of ScientiaCME to ensure that the COI is resolved in order to ensure the integrity of the CME activity. For this CME activity, any COI has been resolved thru content review ScientiaCME.

Faculty Disclosure: Jody Jacobson Wedret, RPh, FASHP, FCSHP, Clinical Professor, UCI, has no relevant financial disclosures.

Disclosures of Educational Planners: Charles Turck, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP, President of ScientiaCME, has no relevant financial disclosures.
Commercial Support Disclosure: This activity is supported by an educational grant from Merck


  • Read the learning objectives above
  • Take the Pre-Test (optional). Completion of the pre-test will help us evaluate the knowledge gained by participating in this CME activity.
  • View the online activity. You may view this is in more than one session, and may pause or repeat any portion of the presentation if you need to.
  • Minimum participation threshold: Take the post-test. A score of 70% or higher is required to pass and proceed to the activity evaluation.
  • Complete the activity evaluation and CME registration. A CE certificate will be emailed to you immediately.

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Please take a few minutes to participate in the optional pre-test. It will help us measure the knowledge gained by participating in this activity.

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