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Guidance for the Knowledge and Skills Required for Antimicrobial Stewardship Leaders

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 May 2016

Sara E. Cosgrove
Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
Elizabeth D. Hermsen
Global Medical Affairs Department, Cubist, Lexington, Massachusetts; and Department of Pharmacy Practice, College of Pharmacy, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska
Michael J. Rybak
Anti-Infective Research Laboratory, Pharmacy Practice Department, Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and Division of Infectious Diseases, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
Thomas M. File
Summa Health System, Akron, Ohio
Sarah K. Parker*
Departments of Pediatrics and Infection Control, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Children’s Hospital Colorado and University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, Colorado
Tamar F. Barlam
Section of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts
Johns Hopkins Hospital, 600 North Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21287 (


Antimicrobial stewardship programs are increasingly recognized as critical in optimizing the use of antimicrobials. Consequently, more physicians, pharmacists, and other healthcare providers are developing and implementing such programs in a variety of healthcare settings. The purpose of this guidance document is to outline the knowledge and skills that are needed to lead an antimicrobial stewardship program. It was developed by antimicrobial stewardship experts from organizations that are engaged in advancing the field of antimicrobial stewardship.

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2014;35(12):1444–1451

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© 2014 by The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. All rights reserved.

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