Principles of Antimicrobial Stewardship, the What and the How

Event Description

12 - 16 June 2023
Nijmegen, Netherlands

In this module, we delve into the intricate workings of antimicrobial stewardship (AMS), focusing on the "what" and "how" to effectively manage antimicrobial therapy.

Throughout this course, we will utilize the concept of the "antibiotic process" as a framework to understand the essence of AMS. We will explore various facets including empirical therapy, optimizing therapy through pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics (PK/PD) considerations and allergy management, navigating therapy changes such as de-escalation, IV-oral switch, and interpreting microbiological data. Moreover, we will address crucial aspects like determining therapy duration and the utilization of Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy (OPAT), particularly in special patient populations.

To tackle the practical implementation of AMS, we have designed interactive workshops where participants will gradually engage with real-world AMS challenges. These workshops will guide you through phases of problem definition using data, development of quality indicators (QIs), employing point prevalence surveys (PPS) and audits for data collection, and finally, identifying behavioral change theories to craft effective interventions.

Intended audience:  

ID Physicians, Medical Microbiologists, Clinical Pharmac(olog)ists, ICU physicians, Internists, Specialist Nurses, Paediatricians and other medical specialties.


Throughout the module, the "antibiotic process" is used to explain the "what" of AMS: empirical therapy, optimising therapy (e.g. PK/PD, allergy), changing therapy (deescalation / IV-oral switch / interpretation of microbiology), stop therapy (duration /Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy (OPAT)), special patient groups). To address the “how” of AMS, various workshops are conducted in which participants gradually approach an AMS implementation problem in phases: how to define my AMS problem with data (development of QIs; use of PPS, audit etc.), how to identify behavioral change theories that contribute to implementation problems, and how to develop an effective intervention.

Course coordinator: 

Jeroen Schouten, Radboud UMC, Nijmegen, the Netherlands


Dutch Working Party on Antibiotic Policy ( SWAB) 


Course organisers will monitor attendance. Only participants attending live sessions will be able to receive the certification. 

Course Venue: 

Hotel Holthurnsche Hof
Zevenheuvelenweg 48a
6571 CK Berg en Dal/Nijmegen
The Netherlands 


Accommodation is not included in the registration. However, the course organiser has reserved a few rooms at the venue below, with special fees for participants.

Hotel Holthurnsche Hof
Zevenheuvelenweg 48a
6571 CK Berg en Dal/Nijmegen
The Netherlands 

Registration details: 

Registration fees include full access to the course, coffee breaks, lunches and dinners. Travel costs and accommodation are not included with either fee.  



Module restrict to AMS trainees

Attendance Grant application

Attendance grant application is not applicable


Registration Fees

Not applicable.