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Annual Antimicrobial Stewardship Symposium

5th Annual Antimicrobial Stewardship Symposium

Friday, March 26, 2021

8:00am-4:00pm CDT
Delivered Virtually via Zoom

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.

Full Agenda (Activity Announcement & Disclosures)

2021 Symposium Sponsors & Vendors

Speaker Bios

Session Handouts
All handouts are password-protected. The password was emailed to all registered attendees on March 18th.

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
Webinar Requirements
  1. A computer with a stable internet connection
  2. A webcam with video enabled throughout the entireprogram. (Consider adding a fun virtual background!)
  3. A microphone & speakers/headphones to join via computer audio or a phone to join via phone audio.
  4. Download the latest version of Zoom. (Zoom system requirements for Windows, macOS, and Linux and iOS, iPadOS, and Android.)
  5. Each person must log in individually. Computer sharing is NOT permitted due to accreditation guidelines on activity monitoring. CE credit is earned by one attendee per device.
  6. Attend the presentation in its entirety. Attendees who join late or sign-off early will not be eligible for CE credit.
  7. Participate in live assessment questions & other active learning segments throughout the presentation.
  8. Complete the post-activity evaluation.

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