Antimicrobial Stewardship: a Practical and Integrated Approach, ESCMID Postgraduate Education Course

7- 8 April 2016, Ijmuiden Aan Zee, Netherlands

  • ESCMID Study Group for Antibiotic Policies (ESGAP)
  • Dutch Working Party on Antibiotic Policy (SWAB)
Course Coordinators
  • Bojana Beovic, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Jan Prins, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Céline Pulcini, Nancy, France
Course Objectives

The course aims are to:

  • Reflect the antibiotic stewardship initiatives being in place worldwide
  • Reflect the scientific background of antibiotic stewardship interventions
  • Learn the basic principles of antimicrobial resistance and consumption surveillance
  • Reflect the quality management aspects of antimicrobial stewardship
  • Learn the practical aspects of antimicrobial stewardship interventions
  • Learn the aspects of antibiotic stewardship in various settings: hospital (wards, surgery, ICU, haematology), primary care, general public, long-term care facilities
  • Learn about barriers to antimicrobial stewardship and how to address them, using behaviour change theories
Course Venue

Holiday Inn Ijmuiden - Seaport Beach
Kennemerboulevard 250
1976 EG Ijmuiden Aan Zee

Target Audience

Around 100 participants (infectious diseases specialists, clinical microbiologists, clinical pharmacists, any healthcare professionals interested in antimicrobial stewardship).

Contact Person (Scientific Programme)

Prof Jan Prins
Academic Medical Center, Room F4-217
Meibergdreef 9
1105 AZ, Amsterdam

Phone +31 205 664 380
Fax +31 206 972 286

Administrative Secretariat

Ellis Erren
Congress Care
Postbus 440
5201 AK’s-Hertogenbosch

Phone +31 736 901 415
Fax +31 736 901 417

Course Programme


Presentations are availabe in the ESCMID Online Lecture Library.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

08:00 Registration
09:00 Introduction. Jan Prins & Bojana Beovic
09:10 Problems of antimicrobial resistance in Europe and worldwide. Tomislav Kostyanev
09:30 Antimicrobial consumption: what do we know and what does it tell us? Katja de Witt
09:50 Do antimicrobial interventions work? A review of scientific evidence for AMS.
Jan Prins

10:30 Coffee break
11:00 Poster walk and small group discussions. Philip Howard, Benedikt Huttner &
10 members of the faculty

12:30 Lunch break

Basic group: practical topics
13:30 Measuring antimicrobial consumption. Katja de Witt
14:00 How to audit the quality of antimicrobial prescriptions in a hospital. Inge Gyssens
14:30 How to do an antimicrobial resistance survey. Tomislav Kostyanev

Advanced group: research topics
13:30 Research needs and pitfalls in antimicrobial stewardship. Stephan Harbarth
14:00 Antimicrobial stewardship from a quality of care research perspective.
Marlies Hulscher

14:30 Discussion of 3–5 research projects (sent in advance by the participants) with a panel of experts. 5 members of the faculty
15:00 Coffee break
15:30 Small group practical workshop on behavioural aspects: improving antibiotic use in your own hospital – from barrier analysis to effective interventions. Marlies Hulscher, Jeroen Schouten & 10 members of the faculty
19:30 Dinner

Friday, 8 April 2016

08:30 Antibiotic stewardship in primary care. Theo Verheij
09:10 Antibiotic stewardship: what to tell patients and general public.
Vera Vlahovic Palcevski

09:35 Antibiotic stewardship in LTCFs. Céline Pulcini
10:00 Antifungal stewardship: any difference with antibiotics? Önder Ergonul
10:25 An audit of antifungal stewardship in the Netherlands. Bart-Jan Kullberg
10:45 Coffee break
11:15 Round table: an inventory of AMS initiatives worldwide – national and supra-national level. Dominique Monnet, Jan Prins & all faculty members
12:45 Lunch break
13:45 Interactive session: AMS in practice. Diamantis Kofteridis, Agnes Wechsler-Fördös & Guillaume Béraud
15:00 Education of healthcare professionals on antibiotic prescribing. Bojana Beovic & Oliver J. Dyar
15:45 Coffee break
16:15 Rapid diagnostics and biomarkers: an AMS tool? José Ramón Pano-Pardo
16:45 Informatics as a tool in AMS. Roger Brüggemann
17:15 10 golden rules of antibiotic stewardship in the ICU. Jeroen Schouten
18:15 Course evaluation

Invited Faculty Members
  • Bojana Beovic, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Guillaume Béraud, Poitiers, France
  • Roger Brüggemann, Nijmegen, Netherlands
  • Katja de Witt, Dresden, Germany
  • Oliver J. Dyar, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Önder Ergonul, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Inge Gyssens, Nijmegen, Netherlands and Hasselt, Belgium
  • Stephan Harbarth, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Philip Howard, Leeds, United Kingdom
  • Marlies Hulscher, Nijmegen, Netherlands
  • Benedikt Huttner, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Diamantis Kofteridis, Heraklion, Greece
  • Tomislav Kostyanev, Antwerp, Belgium
  • Bart-Jan Kullberg, Nijmegen, Netherlands
  • Dominique Monnet, Stockholm, Sweden
  • José Ramón Pano-Pardo, Zaragossa, Spain
  • Jan Prins, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Céline Pulcini, Nancy, France
  • Jeroen Schouten, Nijmegen, Netherlands
  • Theo Verheij, Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Vera Vlahovic Palcevski, Rijeka, Croatia
  • Agnes Wechsler-Fördös, Vienna, Austria
CME Accreditation

The organizers of the course will apply for European CME accreditation through EACCME.