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Annual Antimicrobial Stewardship Symposium

6th Annual Antimicrobial Stewardship Symposium

Friday, May 13, 2022

8:00am-3:45pm (CDT)
Belmont University

This symposium brings together key stakeholders and infectious disease practitioners from across Tennessee, the southeastern US, and beyond. Pharmacists, physicians, nurses, infection preventionists, and microbiologists learn and share important information about infectious diseases, as well as discuss ways that we can work together as a medical community to improve appropriate antimicrobial use and mitigate the risks associated with inappropriate use. In addition, we offer continuing education credit for pharmacists, physicians, and nurses.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this symposium, learners should be able to: 

  • Discuss state and nationwide antimicrobial stewardship efforts and how  they affect your practice.
  • Discuss how to appropriately utilize current information and diagnostics technology to maximize your stewardship impact in your facilities.
  • Identify resources available to assist in the development of antimicrobial stewardship programs in the acute care, long-term care, and outpatient settings. 
  • Evaluate an antimicrobial stewardship program using evidence-based metrics.
  • Explain the importance of interdisciplinary and inter-facility collaboration in antimicrobial stewardship programs.
  • Discuss optimization of antimicrobial therapy for certain infections based on your community's and region's antibiogram. 


2021 Full Agenda (Activity Announcement & Disclosures)

2021 Symposium Sponsors & Vendors

2021 Speaker Bios

2021 Session Handouts
All handouts are password-protected. The password is shared only with registered attendees.

Main Sessions

  1. Staying In the Know: How Healthcare Professionals Can use Social Media to Keep Up With the Leading Edge of Medicine - Dr. Timothy Gauthier
  2. Don’t Fall Into A Trap: How To Implement Vancomycin AUC-Guided Dosing In Your Hospital - Dr. Jamie Kisgen
  3. Unprecedented Times: Antimicrobial Stewardship and Pharmacy Response during the COVID-19 Pandemic 
    Dr. Curtis Collins
  4. COVID-19 Vaccine Update - Dr. C. Buddy Creech


  1. Vancomycin: Our Experience Transitioning From Troughs to AUC/MIC at a Community Hospital
    Dr. Zina Gugkaeva
  2. Antimicrobial Stewardship in the Emergency Medicine Setting - Dr. Jon Pouliot
  3. Implementation of an Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy (OPAT) Program - Dr. Christo Cimino
  4. Penicillin Allergy Testing and Management - Dr. Cosby Stone, Jr.
  5. Optimizing Your Practice: Why Use IV When Oral Antibiotics Will Do? - Dr. Travis Jones & Dr. Milner Staub
  6. "Stuck on you" A clinical approach to persistent Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia
    Dr. Kelly Byrge & Dr. Michael Wright
  7. Strategies for The Use of Rapid Diagnostics for Respiratory Infections In The Time of COVID-19 
    Dr. Alexander Maris
  8. Strategies for Outbreak Management in Healthcare Settings - Dr. Pamela Talley
  9. Antifungal Stewardship - Dr. Whitney Nesbitt
  10. A Systematic Approach to Implementation of Vancomycin AUC/MIC Dosing in a Healthcare System 
    Dr. Athena Hobbs
  11. Telehealth and Antimicrobial Stewardship - Dr. S. Shaefer Spires
  12. Nurses in Antimicrobial Stewardship: Opportunities and Challenges - Dr. Kathryn Dambrino
  13. Strategies for Interpreting and Presenting National Safety Healthcare Network Antimicrobial Use and Standardized Antimicrobial Administration Ratio Data - Dr. Montgomery Green
  14. Out With The Old, In With The New Antibiotics Targeting Resistant GNR Infections
    Dr. Jamison Norwood & Dr. Cyle White
  15. Monoclonal Antibodies in COVID-19 - Dr. David Bearden
  16. Common Outpatient Infections - Dr. Erin Shankel
Requirements for Successful Completion & Awarding of Credit
  1. Attend each presentation in its entirety. Attendees who join late or leave early will not be eligible for CE credit.
  2. Participate in all live assessment questions & other active learning segments throughout each presentation.
  3. Complete the post-activity evaluation for each presentation attended in full.
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