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ESCMID Antimicrobial Stewardship Certificate 2022 – 2024: call for course proposals

The European Antimicrobial Stewardship Certificate provides meta- and European level competency in Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) through a 2-year training programme. It is a multidisciplinary effort involving healthcare institutions across Europe. In order to effectively address the growing challenges posed by antimicrobial resistance, countries will need to work in a coordinated and collaborative manner. ESCMID invites European healthcare institutions to submit course proposals for the ESCMID European Antimicrobial Stewardship Certificate 2022 - 2024.


Target audience: ID Physicians, Medical Microbiologists, Clinical Pharmac(olog)ists, ICU physicians, Internists, Specialist Nurses, Pediatricians and other medical specialties. Doctors in their final phase of training are also accepted.


Objective: Participants will be prepared for research and academic positions, teaching roles in national and international AMS organisations, professions in Antimicrobial Stewardship Programmes for healthcare institutions, and government positions.


Programme structure: During the 2-year programme, 14 learning areas are covered, which address basic and advanced aspects of AMS. The content will be delivered through both face-to-face and online training. Detailed information about the programme can be found here.


Submission procedure: European healthcare institutions interested in contributing to the European Antimicrobial Stewardship Certificate Programme can submit their course proposals (English language only) by completing and uploading this word document in the following online form.

Submitters will receive written confirmation of receipt of their submission.


Submission deadline:  Monday, 13 December 2021 at 23:59 CET

2020 Annual Report Published

The Annual Report showcasing the achievements of the previous year is now available to view. 2020 was a challenging year due to COVID-19, but check out the report to see what the Study Group was able to accomplish or plan for the future.

ESGAP websymposium on Antimicrobial Stewardship in COVID-19 times on May 6, 2020

On May 6, 2020, ESGAP organized its first websymposium on: Antimicrobial Stewardship in COVID-19 times.

New ESGAP Executive Committee elected

A new ESGAP Executive Committee has been elected and will now be:

  • Chair: Jeroen Schouten, Netherlands
  • Secretary: Tomislav Kostyanev, Belgium
  • Treasurer: Diamantis Kofteridis, Greece
  • Science Officer: Esmita Charani, United Kingdom
  • Education Officer: Vera Vlahovic-Palcevski, Croatia

We thank all previous Executive Committee for their excellent work over the last years. We are looking forward to continuing this work.

You can find the full election report here

ESGAP - Grants for the 5th ESGAP antibiotics course

ESGAP will organize its 5th European antibiotics course in Valencia, Spain from Thursday, March 26th to Saturday, March 28th 2020.

In an intensive three-day program, clinical experts cover the basics of antibiotic therapy, and will discuss the rationale behind the antibiotic treatment regimens of the most relevant infections for medical specialists. The course material will be further practiced with interactive questions. The course strives for maximum interaction, group size will therefore be limited to a maximum of 60 (two groups of 30). For further details on the course see:


For this edition, ESGAP offers ten participation grants. Recipients of the ESGAP-grants will be offered registration at the discounted rate of €75. Note that the grant does not cover travel or stay. In awarding the grants preference will be given to (1) ESCMID-members, (2) doctors at the beginning of their career (<40 years). A geographical and gender-balance will be pursued.


To apply for a grant, please send a short motivation letter (max 200 words) and curriculum (max 1 A4 sheet) to the ESGAP secretary Tomislav Kostyanev: Tomislav.Kostyanev[at]

The deadline to apply for a grant is December 1st 2019. Applicants will be notified about acceptance at the latest in the second week of January 2020.

ESCMID Postgraduate Education Course

Antimicrobial Stewardship: Implementing the Change

Co-organised by ESGAP, ESCMID and the Study Group on Healthcare-Associated Infections (GEIRAS) of the Spanish Society of Infectious Diseases (SEIMC)

19-20 April 2018, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain

Course Objectives: to understand the scientific background of antimicrobial stewardship interventions; to understand the sociocultural, ethical and behavioral aspects of antimicrobial stewardship; to acknowledge the relevance of the quality management/implementation aspects of antimicrobial stewardship; to learn about other barriers to antimicrobial stewardship and how to address them; to learn the basic principles of bacterial resistance and antimicrobial consumption surveillance; to understand the differential aspects of antimicrobial stewardship in various settings: hospital (medicine, surgery, ICU, hematology), primary care, general public, long-term care facilities; to learn how to integrate antimicrobial stewardship education in undergraduate and postgraduate curriculums of healthcare professionals; to overview the antimicrobial stewardship initiatives being in place worldwide; to learn from national strategies: their successes andfailures


Course material in the ESCMID eLibrary

ESCMID Postgraduate Education Course

Antimicrobial Stewardship: Implementing the Change

Co-organised by ESGAP, ESGVM and the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA),

4 April 2018, Birmingham, United Kingdom

The objectives are to promote hospital infection control and antimicrobial stewardship in small animal practice and to educate a new generation of veterinary infectious disease specialists to be able to develop and implement infection control programmes (ICPs) and antimicrobial stewardship programmes (ASPs). Postgraduate education in this area is regarded as one of the key missions of ESGVM in order to meet the current public and animal health concerns related to the occurrence of multidrug-resistant bacteria and the increasing demand for responsible antibiotic use in veterinary medicine.


Course material in the ESCMID eLibrary