Pre-Course Workshops


New in 2020
Small-Group, Active Learning Pre-Course Workshops

The 2020 ID update offers two back-to-back pre-course workshops, hosted on Monday, April 27th.

  • Advanced Cases in Resistant and Difficult-to-Treat Infections
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs (ASP): Updated Principles and Practice with Instructive Cases

Both workshops offer a new educational format, blending updates and guidance from faculty with small-group, case-based learning activities. Seated at tables of six, participants have the opportunity to work through cases, learn from one another, and pose questions to and have dialogues with subject matter experts in their respective fields of infectious disease.

Each workshop presents cases that integrate clinical, pharmacologic and microbiologic aspects of  care. These cases have been selected for their timeliness and educational value. We will highlight opportunities to impact inappropriate use of antimicrobials and the associated problem of resistance along the full continuum of clinical care.


Advanced Cases in Resistant and Difficult-to-Treat Infections
Monday April 27, 2020
1:00 – 3:15 pm

Strategies, Best Practices, and Skills Development to Optimize:

  • Treatment approaches to selected multidrug-resistant infections including: 
    • Bacteria
    • Fungi
    • Nontuberculous mycobacteria (Mycobacterium abscessus)
  • Diagnosis
  • Susceptibility testing: Strengths and limitations
  • Applications of current and novel diagnostic tests
  • Pharmacologic aspects of care:
    • Advances in antimicrobial therapy
    • Novel strategies for antimicrobial dosing and delivery
    • Adjuncts to traditional antimicrobials

Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs (ASP): Updated Principles and Practice with Instructive Cases
Monday April 27, 2020
3:30 – 5:30 pm

Strategies and best practices to:

  • Build the necessary infrastructure and implement an effective ASP
  • Comply with the CDC’s seven core elements for hospital ASPs
  • Integrate the microbiology lab (including rapid diagnostics) and pharmacy
  • Lower antimicrobial costs
  • Decrease the incidence of resistant bacterial and candidal infections
  • Ensure optimal antimicrobial dosing, administration, and monitoring
  • Utilize national benchmarking data to judge program outcomes and success
  • Measure the impact and improve the outcomes of stewardship interventions