The major goals of ESCMID are to contribute to successful, multidisciplinary, and evidence-based antimicrobial stewardship programmes (ASP) in Europe. To reach this objective, education plays a pivotal role. A pan- European competence in AMS is vital to meet the challenges of reducing inappropriate use of antimicrobials.


The role of diagnostics in Antimicrobial stewardship is pivotal and as such is integrated in the ESCMID AMS certificate program. While being the primary subject in the advanced course on : Diagnostic stewardship” in Rome, the role of diagnostics is discussed in many of our other courses (basic, advanced and elective).


The programme is spread over two years and will include face-to-face training, online training modules, and study assignments. Examinations will follow each face-to-face module. All course organisers are instructed to develop their courses to reach the following goals: 1. Knowledge 2. Skills and 3. Behaviour. It is important to note that small groups of participants will be assigned one or two mentors during the baseline implementation course. The mentor will be an experienced tutor with a background in antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) selected from our European-wide faculty. This mentor will help the participants develop and implement an AMS project prepared in the 5-day baseline course and executed throughout the 2-year study period.


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: Graduates of the programme will have acquired the necessary knowledge, skills, and behaviour to make a significant contribution to this extremely important emerging field. The programme prepares participants for research positions, academic and/or teaching careers, positions in national and international organisations related to AMS, employment in ASPs of healthcare institutions, and governmental positions. Whether starting, continuing, or advancing their career in the field of clinical infectious diseases, graduates will be able to actively stimulate the AMS dynamic.


Programme structure: During the 2-year programme, 14 learning areas are covered, which address basic and advanced aspects of AMS. These domains include all the competencies needed for an AMS team member, regardless of their position and profession (various medical specialists, pharmacists, nurses etc.). The content will be delivered through both face-to-face and online training.

Detailed information about the programme can be found here.


Become a part: The ESCMID AMS Certificate programme has now been finalised, however, the programme will continue to be updated and adapted based on the needs of the participants, and we therefore welcome more institutions to become a part of this exciting new programme. Healthcare institutions are invited to submit proposals for the 2-day elective modules. We suggest that you review the current programme and propose topics that have not yet been addressed, but that fall within one or more of the 14 learning domains outlined in the programme. Please submit your proposal here.


Registration: The tuition fee for the whole programme, covering 10 modules (1 basic module, 6 advanced modules, 3 elective modules) is €5000 for non-ESCMID members, €4700 for ESCMID members.


Mailing list: Sign up for the mailing list here if you would like to hear more about the programme for 2023 - 2025.


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