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greyMeals, Networking & Breaks
redPlenaries
orangeOral Abstract Sessions
yellowFull Conference Sessions
greenSHEA/CDC Training Certificate Course in Healthcare Epidemiology
purpleSHEA Antibiotic Stewardship Training Course


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    SHEA/CDC Training Certificate Course in Healthcare Epidemiology
    Mentorship Meet and Greet Breakfast
    7:00 am - 7:50 am
    By Invitation Only

    Opening Plenary: A Rapidly Changing Field
    8:00 am - 9:30 am
    Date:
    Wednesday, March 29
    Time:
    8:00 am - 9:30 am
    Speaker(s):
    Antibiotic Stewardship: The New Landscape - Sara Cosgrove, MD, MS
    We’re all in this Together: How Increasing Integration can Improve Infection Prevention Infrastructure - Judy Guzman-Cottrill, DO

    Learning Objectives:
    - Discuss the upcoming changes and requirements associated with antibiotic stewardship programs.
    - Discuss the benefits of integration across the field of infection prevention and list practical steps to increase integration.

    Course Overview
    10:00 am - 10:15 am
    Date:
    Wednesday, March 29
    Time:
    10:00 am - 10:15 am
    Speaker(s):
    Sarah Haessler, MD
    Lauri Hicks, DO

    Learning Objectives:
    - Orientation to course materials
    - Overview of course structure

    Healthcare Epidemiology: Introduction to an Emerging Field
    10:15 am - 11:15 am
    Date:
    Wednesday, March 29
    Time:
    10:15 am - 11:15 am
    Speaker(s):
    Trish Perl, MD, MSc

    Learning Objectives:
    - Obtain a broad overview of the importance of basic concepts in infection prevention, including hand hygiene and asepsis, isolation precautions, disinfection and sterilization, device reprocessing, and environmental cleaning
    - Define occupational health-related issues and procedures
    - Examine immunization of HCW and patients
    - Review infected HCW assessment
    - Discuss blood borne pathogen and communicable disease exposure management
    - Explain environmental infection control, air handling and water
    - Classify infection control issues related to construction in healthcare facilities
    - Define the role of healthcare epidemiology across the continuum of care
    - Define the role of epidemiology beyond infection control
    - Define the hospital epidemiologist’s role in regulatory compliance

    Transmission of Infectious Agents in Healthcare Settings
    11:15 am - 12:00 pm
    Date:
    Wednesday, March 29
    Time:
    11:15 am - 12:00 pm
    Speaker(s):
    Curtis Donskey, MD

    Learning Objectives:
    - Discuss modes of transmission for important healthcare pathogens
    - Evaluate methods for interruption of transmission of pathogens in healthcare settings
    - Discuss how to implement effective methods to prevent transmission

    Networking Lunch with Poster Presentations
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

    Practical Strategies for Surveillance
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
    Date:
    Wednesday, March 29
    Time:
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
    Speaker(s):
    Laurie Conway, RN, PhD

    Learning Objectives:
    - Identify core components of an HAI surveillance program
    - Select optimal methods for collection and analysis of surveillance data
    - Correlate relationship between surveillance and prevention activities
    - Evaluate surveillance findings and incorporate into effective intervention plans

    The Compendium Strategies for Preventing HAIs
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    Date:
    Wednesday, March 29
    Time:
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    Speaker(s):
    Deborah S. Yokoe, MD

    Learning Objectives:
    - Identify priority recommendations of Compendium of Strategies to prevent healthcare-associated infections in acute-care settings and associated resources
    - Identify practical methods and tools to meet basic and advanced recommendations

    Change Management and the Science of Safety
    2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
    Date:
    Wednesday, March 29
    Time:
    2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
    Speaker(s):
    Tammy Lundstrom, MD

    Learning Objectives:
    - Compare the differences between RCA and FMEA and when to utilize each method in the setting of HAI
    - Develop the infrastructure and team necessary to perform a RCA or FMEA
    - Identify the scoring methodology for individual failure modes in a FMEA - Justify the use of RCA and FMEA
    - Evaluate how the patient safety/infection prevention Program intersects with the institution’s strategic plan
    - Review basic concepts regarding patient safety, quality science, implementation science, human factor design, and organizational change

    Root Cause Analysis Practical Session
    3:45 pm - 4:15 pm
    Date:
    Wednesday, March 29
    Time:
    3:45 pm - 4:15 pm
    Speaker(s):
    Tammy Lundstrom, MD

    Learning Objectives:
    - Perform an RCA related to HAI in a team setting
    - Evaluate process changes necessary for a thorough RCA
    - Evaluate RCA measures of success
    - Identify how accreditation bodies will evaluate an effective RCA

    Overview of Antibiotic Stewardship
    4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    Date:
    Wednesday, March 29
    Time:
    4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    Speaker(s):
    Sara Cosgrove, MD

    Learning Objectives:
    - Discuss the rationale for antibiotic stewardship
    - Discuss the elements and activities of a stewardship program
    - Discuss approaches to help prescribers make good decisions about antibiotics
    - Translate emerging national initiatives to encourage and enhance antibiotic stewardship

    Networking Break
    9:30 am - 10:00 am

    SHEA Antibiotic Stewardship Course
    Managing Outlier Physicians
    5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
    Date:
    Wednesday, March 29
    Time:
    5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
    Speaker(s):
    Gary Kravitz, MD

    Learning Objectices:
    - Discuss outlier prescribers in your institutions
    - Identify methods for collaborating with outlier clinicians to promote appropriate Antibiotic use
    - Describe ways to handle the poor Infectious Diseases physician steward

    The Never Events: Managing Provider and Patient Expectations
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Date:
    Wednesday, March 29
    Time:
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Speaker(s):
    Pranita Tamma, MD

    Learning Objectives:
    - Identify clinical situations representing common conditions misdiagnosed as infections in which a stewardship intervention to eliminate antibiotic use is appropriate
    - Establish communication strategies for both patients and providers that promote appropriate antibiotic use when implementing stewardship interventions

    Tackling Liability Issues in Antibiotic Stewardship
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    Date:
    Wednesday, March 29
    Time:
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    Speaker(s):
    Mary Ellen Nepps, Esq.

    Learning Objectives:
    - Identify legal concepts that are applicable to the practice of antibiotic stewardship
    - Define the nature and extent of medical-legal risk in the practice of antibiotic stewardship
    - Discuss approaches for management of risk in the practice of antibiotic stewardship

    An Update on Duration of Therapy and Therapeutic Monitoring: Our Role as Stewards
    2:45 pm - 3:30 pm
    Date:
    Wednesday, March 29
    Time:
    2:45 pm - 3:30 pm
    Speaker(s):
    Kavita Trivedi, MD

    Learning Objectives:
    - Explain the science behind duration of antibiotic therapy
    - Review the uses of inflammatory biomarkers in antibiotic stewardship programs

    Allergies, Interactions and Adverse Events, oh my!
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
    Date:
    Wednesday, March 29
    Time:
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
    Speaker(s):
    Emily Heil, PharmD

    Learning Objectives:
    - Discuss different types of allergic reactions to antibiotics and how they may be prevented or minimized
    - Review common drug-drug interactions and explain strategies to avoid them
    - Discuss common adverse events associated with various Antibiotics

    What Every Steward Should Know About Pharmacokinetics - Pharmacodynamics
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
    Date:
    Wednesday, March 29
    Time:
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
    Speaker(s):
    Emily Heil, PharmD

    Learning Objectives:
    - Review PK and PD properties of different antibiotic agents and their application to selection of appropriate dosing based on patient, pathogen, and syndrome characteristics
    - Discuss approaches to therapeutic monitoring of antibiotics such as vancomycin and aminoglycosides
    - Review approaches for IV to PO conversion

    Breakout Session: Beginning Antibiotic Stewardship Strategies and Measurement
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Date:
    Wednesday, March 29
    Time:
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Speaker(s):
    Antibiotic Utilization - How do you Measure Up? - Kristi Kuper, PharmD
    Making the Metrics Case for Antibiotic Stewardship Programs - Brandon Bookstaver, PharmD

    Learning Objectives:
    - Explain how to conduct a needs assessment for your institution
    - Discuss specific stewardship strategies and methods, merits, and drawbacks based on resource availability
    - Identify best first steps to initiate an antibiotic stewardship program in your institution, with emphasis on both adult and pediatric settings
    - Explain how to employ pharmacy related metrics – Days of Therapy (DOTs) or Defined Daily Doses (DDDs) for measuring antibiotic use
    - Discuss relevant process and outcomes measures to sustain the business case for antibiotic stewardship interventions
    - Discuss methods for measuring and reporting the impact of an antibiotic stewardship program including the National Healthcare Safety Network’s Antibiotic Utilization Module

    Full conference sessions
    Breakout Session: Advanced Antibiotic Stewardship Strategies and Measurement
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Date:
    Wednesday, March 29
    Time:
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Speaker(s):
    Strategy - Libby Dodds-Ashley, PharmD, MHS
    Measuring the Need and the Impact of an Antibiotic Stewardship Program - Eddie Stenehjem, MD

    Learning Objectives:
    - Describe unique challenges and strategies for implementing antibiotic stewardship across multiple sites or within a health system
    - Review approaches to implementing antibiotic stewardship where resources are limited
    - Discuss scalability - how and where to expand your program
    - Describe options for antibiotic utilization measurements and merits of each
    - Examine how to use time-series analyses and other study designs to evaluate stewardship - programs
    - Explain how to assess and respond to Antibiotic shortages in an institution

    Networking Morning Coffee
    7:00 am - 7:50 am

    Plenaries
    Implementation Science 201: Practical Implementation Strategies
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Date:
    Wednesday, March 29
    Time:
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Speaker(s):
    Creative Use of Data: The Art and Science of Audit and Feedback - Anne Sales, PhD, RN
    Facilitation Strategies: Helping Challenged Healthcare Settings Implement Complex Programs - Heather Reisinger, PhD
    Health Professional Behavior Change: Education, Persuasion and Beyond - Sarah Krein, PhD, RN

    Learning Objectives:
    - Discuss the use of audit and feedback help promote practice change
    - Identify key features of facilitation as an implementation strategy
    - Describe behavior change strategies for health professionals

    Is the Juice Worth the Squeeze: Should CAUTI Prevention be a Top Priority?
    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
    Date:
    Wednesday, March 29
    Time:
    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
    Speaker(s)
    Pro: Yes - Mohamad Fakih, MD, MPH
    Con: No - Priya Sampathkumar, MD
    Peace Maker - Chris Pfeiffer, MD, MHS

    Learning Objectives:
    - Assess the importance of CAUTI prevention in context of other infection prevention priorities
    - Learn about CAUTI prevention tools and their impact in clinical studies

    Building the Hospital Epidemiologist & Infection Prevention Team for Optimal Practice (Building Through Team Work)
    2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
    Date:
    Wednesday, March 29
    Time:
    2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
    Speaker(s):
    Creating Successful Collaborative Relationships Between Infection Preventionists and Infectious Disease Physicians - Hilary Babcock, MD, MPH & Carol Vance, BSN, RN, CIC
    Information Technology and Infection Prevention - Joan Hebden, RN, MS, CIC

    Learning Objectives:
    - Discuss common barriers to optimal communications and teamwork that can occur in infection prevention teams
    - Identify communication techniques to aid in team building. Recognize communication and practice strategies which lead to successful partnership between IT, IP, and HE
    - Discuss how experience levels influence communications and response of both the infection preventionists and hospital epidemiologists

    Patients, Families and Prevention
    4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
    Date:
    Wednesday, March 29
    Time:
    4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
    Speaker(s):
    Engaging Patients in Activities to Prevent HAIs - Heather Reisinger, PhD
    The Role of Visitors and Parents in HAI Transmission - Kari Simonsen, MD
    Including Patients and Families in HAI Prevention Activities - Liz Kruvand

    Learning Objectives:
    - Review strategies to engage patients in the prevention of HAIs
    - Discuss the role parents and visitors play in the transmission of HAIs
    - Discuss ways to include patients and parents in HAI prevention efforts

    Oral Abstract Sessions
    Dollars and Cents of Infection Prevention and ASP Advanced Analysis of Methods
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Date:
    Wednesday, March 29
    Time:
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Speaker(s):
    How Should Cost Effectiveness Studies be Performed? Advice, Resources, and Using the EMR - Richard Nelson, PhD
    Cost-Benefit Analyses of Infection Control Interventions - Westyn Branch-Elliman, MD
    Time Dependent Analysis: Competing Risks Using a Multistate Model - Michael Rubin, MD, PhD
    How to Interpret Studies that Use Cost Effective Analyses - Grace Lee, MD, MPH

    Learning Objectives:
    - Discuss optimal methods for cost effectiveness studies
    - Describe how to review and interpret cost effectiveness studies
    - Discuss the importance of time dependent analyses

    Healthcare Epidemiology in Resource-Limited Settings
    2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
    Date:
    Wednesday, March 29
    Time:
    2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
    Speaker(s):
    Networks-Sharing Resources: Hospital Networks & Public Health - Judy Guzman-Cottrill, DO
    Building Internal Capacity: Quality and Stewardship - Rebekah Moehring, MD, MPH
    Picking Battles: Balancing ICRA Versus Regulatory Mandates - Laurie Conway, RN, PhD

    Learning Objectives:
    - Identify strategies for infection prevention in resource limited settings
    - Discuss the challenges and benefits of sharing epi resources within hospital networks and between healthcare settings and public health departments
    - Describe strategies for building capacity by partnering with internal departments such as quality and environmental services
    - Discuss ways to balance infection prevention priorities identified in an annual risk assessment with those imposed by regulatory mandates

    Oral Abstract Session: No Stone Left Unturned: Novel Surveillance Systems
    4:15 pm - 5:30 pm

    Oral Abstract Session: Location, location—An International Tour of ASP and IPC
    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

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    SHEA/CDC Training Certificate Course in Healthcare Epidemiology
    Epi Competition Breakfast
    6:30 am - 7:50 am

    CDC Problem Sessions
    8:00 am - 9:30 am
    Date:
    Thursday, March 30
    Time:
    8:00 am - 9:30 am
    Speaker(s):
    Jonathan Edwards, Mstat
    Maggie Dudeck, BS, MPH

    Learning Objectives:
    - Summarize decisions on how to prioritize surveillance efforts
    - Identify analytical methods for assessing temporal changes in infection rates
    - Indicate the role of risk adjustment when analyzing infection rate data
    - Identify methods of analysis for assessing intervention effectiveness
    - Assess, interpret, and summarize data that are imprecise
    - Using NHSN to understand and benchmark your hospital’s data

    Approach to Epidemic/Outbreak Investigation
    10:00 am - 10:45 am
    Date:
    Thursday, March 30
    Time:
    10:00 am - 10:45 am
    Speaker(s):
    Arjun Srinivasan, MD

    Learning Objectives:
    - Identify and define an outbreak
    - Illustrate how to perform an outbreak analysis
    - Analyze how to manage and control an outbreak
    - Indicate methods to find and investigate cases in an outbreak investigation
    - Recognize when a formal risk factor study is needed and how to select the appropriate study design (e.g., case control vs. cohort) for an outbreak investigation
    - Recognize when and how to communicate with facility administrators, risk management, public affairs, clinical staff and patients/families about the need for, progress of, and outcome of an outbreak investigation
    - Review the potential role of molecular typing of microbial isolates in an outbreak investigation

    Problem Session: Outbreak in the OR
    10:45 am - 11:15 am
    Date:
    Thursday, March 30
    Time:
    10:45 am - 11:15 am
    Speaker(s):
    Arjun Srinivasan, MD

    Learning Objectives:
    - Apply the lessons of outbreak investigation to a real world example
    - Identify some of the practical issues that arise when doing an outbreak investigation

    Unique Aspects of Pediatric Infection Control
    11:15 am - 12:00 pm
    Date:
    Thursday, March 30
    Time:
    11:15 am - 12:00 pm
    Speaker(s):
    Tom Sandora, MD, MPH

    Learning Objectives:
    - Identify risk factors for healthcare-associated infections that are unique to children
    - Discuss common pediatric infections and how to prevent them
    - Define unique aspects of infection control in special populations, including neonatal intensive care units
    - Describe pediatric modifications to typical infection prevention strategies

    Post-Acute and Long-Term Care: Changing the National Landscape and Infection Prevention
    2:45 pm - 3:30 pm
    Date:
    Thursday, March 30
    Time:
    2:45 pm - 3:30 pm
    Speaker(s):
    Nimalie Stone, MD, MS

    Learning Objectives:
    - Describe the differences in infrastructure for clinical care and infection prevention in post-acute and long-term care settings compared with acute care hospitals
    - Describe the gaps and challenges in implementing infection prevention and antibiotic stewardship programs in post-acute and long-term care settings
    - Highlight the national initiatives which are driving surveillance and prevention activities in this setting

    Environment, Sterilization & Disinfection
    3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
    Date:
    Thursday, March 30
    Time:
    3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
    Speaker(s):
    Curtis Donskey, MD

    Learning Objectives:
    - Identify the Spaulding scheme for selection and use of disinfectants
    - Identify two control measures that can be employed to prevent fungal transmission during construction/renovation
    - Indicate when microbiologic sampling of the environment should be done
    - Perform an overview of sterilization and disinfection

    Special Populations: Immunocompromised, ICU, Dialysis & Burn Patients
    4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    Date:
    Thursday, March 30
    Time:
    4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    Speaker(s):
    Deborah Yokoe, MD

    Learning Objectives:
    - Recognize how to apply and modify healthcare epidemiology, antibiotic stewardship, and infection prevention approaches for immunocompromised populations
    - Review the special issues associated with these populations including increased use of invasive devices, increased use of broad-spectrum empiric antibiotics and how intense exposure to the healthcare system increases risks of MDRO acquisition

    Networking Break
    9:30 am - 10:00 am

    Networking Lunch with Poster Presentations
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

    Plenary: May the Forces be with you: Understanding how to Change Behavior
    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
    Date:
    Thursday, March 30
    Time:
    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
    Speaker(s):
    Matthew Kreuter, PhD, MPH

    Learning Objectives:
    - Improve our understanding of human motivation and maintenance of behavior change across multiple diseases and conditions
    - Use this knowledge to help develop and implement more effective behavioral interventions to impact infection prevention and antimicrobial prescribing

    Foundation Dinner (Ticket Purchase Required)
    5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
    Event begins at 6:00 pm & ends at 9:30 pm --- Bus Departures from the Hotel will run in a loop from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
    Date
    Thursday, March 30
    Time
    6:00 - 9:30 p.m.

    SHEA Antibiotic Stewardship Course
    Update on National Stewardship Activities
    8:00 am - 8:30 am

    How to Find Resources at your Institution of Health System
    8:30 am - 9:30 am

    Update on National Stewardship Activities
    8:00 am - 8:30 am
    Date:
    Thursday, March 30
    Time:
    8:00 am - 8:30 am
    Speaker(s):
    Arjun Srinivasan, MD

    Learning Objectives:
    - Describe the national landscape and activities in antibiotic stewardship
    - Discuss available resources to assist with stewardship implementation

    How to Find Resources at your Institution of Health System
    8:30 am - 9:30 am
    Date:
    Thursday, March 30
    Time:
    8:30 am - 9:30 am
    Speaker(s):
    Mohamad Fakih, MD, MPH

    Learning Objectives:
    - Review how your antibiotic stewardship program intersects with the institution’s strategic plan
    - Describe how to engage non-traditional stewards such as students, quality improvement teams, and nurses
    - Explain how to develop and present a business case to institutional leadership for maintenance of a program

    Integration of the Microbiology Lab & Antibiotic Stewardship: Beginning Concepts
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
    Date:
    Thursday, March 30
    Time:
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
    Speaker(s):
    Daniel Diekema, MD

    Learning Objectives:
    - Describe appropriate ways to obtain a culture specimen and other samples for microbiology testing
    - Review approaches to detecting and reporting antibiotic susceptibilities, including selective reporting
    - Identify strengths and weaknesses of the antibiogram to assist with decisions on recommendations for empirical therapy

    Rapid Diagnostic Tests and How to Implement their use: Mini-Lecture & Case Study #1
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Date:
    Thursday, March 30
    Time:
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Speaker(s):
    Lilian Abbo, MD

    Learning Objectives:
    - Describe strengths and weaknesses of common rapid diagnostic tests and used in the microbiology lab
    - Discuss how the microbiology lab and the antibiotic stewardship program can collaborate to maximize use of rapid diagnostic tests to improve antibiotic use

    Stewardship at the Bedside: Engaging Front-Line Providers
    2:45 pm - 3:30 pm
    Date:
    Thursday, March 30
    Time:
    2:45 pm - 3:30 pm
    Speaker(s):
    Rita Olans

    Learning Objectives:
    - Recognize the role of ‘staff’ nurses in antimicrobial stewardship programs
    - Explain the various healthcare personnel roles in long term care facilities involved in antimicrobial therapy decisions

    Telemedicine: Opportunities in Stewardship
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
    Date:
    Thursday, March 30
    Time:
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
    Speaker(s):
    Edward Stenehjem, MD

    Learning Objectives:
    - Describe various ways of utilizing telemedicine to enhance stewardship opportunities
    - Discuss strengths and weaknesses of off-site stewardship services

    Optimizing Technology in Antibiotic Stewardship
    4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
    Date:
    Thursday, March 30
    Time:
    4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
    Speaker(s):
    Kristi Kuper, PharmD

    Learning Objectives:
    - Identify how information technology infrastructure may assist stewardship programs
    - Describe how to assess IT resources and external proprietary software programs
    - List examples of how information technology has assisted successful stewardship programs in various settings

    The Art and Collaboration of Antibiotic Stewardship
    4:45 pm - 5:30 pm
    Date:
    Thursday, March 30
    Time:
    4:45 pm - 5:30 pm
    Speaker(s):
    Jason Newland, MD
    Helen Newland, PharmD

    Learning Objectives:
    - Distinguish basic theories regarding patient safety, quality science, implementation science and organizational change to implement antibiotic stewardship interventions and to change prescribing habits
    - Review the complex interpersonal and interprofessional needs to best develop and sustain an antibiotic stewardship program focusing on the collaboration between pharmacists and physicians

    Full conference sessions
    Infection Prevention Parallels from Pediatric to Geriatrics
    8:00 am - 9:30 am
    Date:
    Thursday, March 30
    Time:
    8:00 am - 9:30 am
    Speaker(s):
    Managing Movement Outside the Room - for Isolation PTS - Tom Sandora, MD, MPH
    Reducing Respiratory HAIs in Children - Matthew Linam, MD, MS
    How Long is Long Enough for Peds Isolation? - Kari Simonsen, MD
    Isolating the "Right" pateints: Syndromic & Pathogen Focused - Robin Jump, MD, PhD

    Learning Objectives:
    - Describe strategies for safe patient movement outside the room while in isolation precautions
    - Discuss the implementation of interventions to reduce respiratory HAIs in children
    - Review pediatric-focused evidence and current strategies for discontinuation of isolation precautions in children
    - Discuss the rationale for choosing either syndromic or pathogen-specific isolation precautions.

    HAI Improvement Forum: Cutting Edge Interventions to Reduce HAI
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Date:
    Thursday, March 30
    Time:
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Speaker(s):
    Hand Hygiene - Matthew Linam, MD, MS
    Environmental Services as a Patient Safety Initiative - David Calfee, MD, MS
    Special Populations - Charlesnika Evans, PhD, MPH
    Lessons Learned: "Real" Implementation - Susan Huang, MD

    Learning Objectives:
    - Describe implementation of novel interventions to reduce healthcare associated infections
    - Discuss strategies to implement effective interventions to reduce infections in various settings and for different populations

    Pro/Con: Beyond the Standards: Should we be doing more than Required for Endoscope Reprocessing?
    2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
    Date:
    Thursday, March 30
    Time:
    2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
    Speaker(s):
    Pro: Yes - Zach Rubin, MD
    Con: No - Bernard Camins, MD, MSc

    Learning Objectives:
    - Discuss the importance and complexity of reprocessing flexible GI endoscopes after use
    - Evaluate current recommendations for reprocessing flexible GI endoscopes
    - Summarize available data regarding maximum safe storage intervals for unused flexible GI endoscopes

    What Lies Beneath: Detecting and Responding to Emerging MDRO's with both Eyes Covered
    4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
    Date:
    Thursday, March 30
    Time:
    4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
    Speaker(s):
    Colistin Resistance in Humans and Animals - Tom Talbot, MD, MPH
    Candida auris - Snigdha Vallabhaneni, MD, MPH
    Mycobacterium Chimera/Heater-Cooler Units - Daniel Diekema, MD
    How Can We Respond? A Public Health Perspective - Marion Kainer, MD, MPH

    Learning Objectives:
    - Describe and discuss emerging MDROs and non-tuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM)
    - Describe, discuss issues related to rapid and consistent identification of newly emerging and/or newly circulating MDROs and NTM
    - Identify potential real-world solutions to overcome limitations with MDRO and NTM identification

    Plenaries
    Oral Abstract Session: Monitoring Prescribing, Environment and PPE (It’s not who you are, but what you do, where you are and what you wear)
    8:00 am - 9:30 am

    Scholarship & Antimicrobial Stewardship: What's Needed and How to Contribute?
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Co-Sponsored by SIDP
    Date:
    Thursday, March 30
    Time:
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Speaker(s):
    Top Publications - Lauri Hicks, DO
    Gaps & Opportunities in Antibiotic Stewardship Research - Libby Dodds-Ashley, PharmD, MHS
    An Antibiotic Stewardship Program Intervention: The Real World - Brandon Bookstaver, PharmD

    Learning Objectives:
    - Review current literature related to Antibiotic stewardship
    - Identify the current gaps in literature supporting stewardship and ongoing research efforts to address those gaps
    - Outline strategies to implement stewardship interventions in clinical practice

    Oral Abstract Session: MRSA--Old Pathogen, New Tricks
    2:45 pm - 4:00 pm

    International Infection Prevention and Antimicrobial Stewardship Efforts
    4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
    Date:
    Thursday, March 30
    Time:
    4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
    Speaker(s):
    MDRO Prevention - Outside the US - Joost Hopman, MD
    Caring for International - Trish Perl, MD, MSc
    Building capacity in Developing Country Settings - Kurt Stevenson, MD, MPH

    Learning Objectives:
    - Discuss infection prevention best practices in global healthcare settings that might be applicable in other settings
    - Review comparative practices in infection control would be to present how different settings have chosen different solutions to the same problem based on local factors (including geography, sociology, culture, religion, resources, etc.

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    SHEA/CDC Training Certificate Course in Healthcare Epidemiology
    Leadership and Communication Skills
    8:00 am - 8:45 am
    Date:
    Friday, March 31
    Time:
    8:00 am - 8:45 am
    Speaker(s):
    Louise Dembry, MD

    Learning Objectives:
    - Discuss Agenda development, Inclusiveness, Action and follow up
    - Review responsibility and task management, and Feedback mechanisms
    - Identify the importance of collaboration with other hospital groups/teams and stakeholders
    - Recognize the basics of effective communication
    - Indicate basic skills for effective negotiation
    - Demonstrate how to speak to the financial impacts and cost-effectiveness of proposed interventions

    Women in Epi Breakfast
    6:30 am - 7:50 am
    All Women are Encouraged to Attend!

    The Hospital Epidemiologist as a Clinician Educator
    8:45 am - 9:30 am
    Date:
    Friday, March 30
    Time:
    8:45 am - 9:30 am
    Speaker(s):
    Tom Talbot, MD, MPH

    Learning Objectives:
    - Distinguish principles of adult learning necessary to effectively teach and to design educational interventions
    - Identify varying forums and tools for effective delivery of education including didactic lectures, small-group case-based discussions, and one-on-one instruction
    - Classify the target audience and be able to vary teaching modalities & methods based on audience, level of training and knowledge base
    - Identify mechanisms for delivering education including unit-level training, hands-on skills demonstration, computer-based modules, and simulation
    - Assess the stage of the learner, ensure topic is meaningful and relevant to learner’s work, articulate goals, encourage active learner involvement, and provide feedback
    - Recognize presentation tools effectively and appropriately, develop effective written educational materials, and educate individual HCP and other stakeholders
    - Use varying teaching methods targeted at specific audience needs and goals

    Networking Break
    9:30 am - 10:00 am

    Occupational Infection Prevention
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
    Date:
    Thursday, March 30
    Time:
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
    Speaker(s):
    Tom Talbot, MD, MPH

    Learning Objectives:
    - Illustrate the role of healthcare personnel (HCP) in the transmission of healthcare-associated infections
    - Identify the recommended strategies, including immunization and use of screening tests, designed to prevent
    - HCP-associated transmission of pathogens
    - Identify the approach to HCP infected with a blood borne virus
    - Summarize the management of contagious disease exposures among HCP, including the use of post-exposure prophylaxis

    The Role of the Laboratory in Healthcare Epidemiology
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Date:
    Thursday, March 30
    Time:
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Speaker(s):
    Daniel Diekema, MD

    Learning Objectives:
    - Discuss the major roles of the clinical laboratory in infection prevention, outbreak response, and antibiotic stewardship
    - Identify promising developments in rapid and/or molecular diagnostic testing in the microbiology lab, including when and how such testing should be incorporated into infection prevention efforts
    - Assess test characteristics (e.g. sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive value) and that a change in testing methodology may result in an apparent change in incidence or prevalence of an infection or pathogen
    - Develop and interpret an antibioGram that is consistent with Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) recommendations
    - Know when to utilize molecular typing methods for infection prevention and outbreak response, and describe the strengths and limitations of existing typing methods

    Networking Lunch with Poster Presentations
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

    How to Read a Study & Perform Research
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
    Date:
    Friday, March 31
    Time:
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
    Speaker(s):
    Anthony Harris, MD

    Learning Objectives:
    - Examine concepts of study design, implementation of a study infrastructure, analytic methods, data needs and interpretation of data for observational and intervention studies
    - Distinguish approaches to evaluate the impact of an intervention, including:
    Decreases in rates of HAIs
    Changes in prevalence or incidence of resistant organisms
    Reductions in inappropriate device use
    Reductions in Antibiotic use
    Reductions in length of hospitalization
    Decreases in cost
    - Assess when to use various study designs such as before after and cluster randomized trials, and when to use various analyses such as time-series analysis
    - Calculate p values, confidence intervals and effect estimates/odds ratios to evaluate data for identification of epidemiologic trends, analysis of outbreaks and in the conduct of formal epidemiologic studies
    - Assess the process for presentation of analytic study data in varying formats, including summary presentations

    Business of Infection Prevention: Promoting Growth of a Program
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    Date:
    Friday, March 30
    Time:
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    Speaker(s):
    Sarah Haessler, MD

    Learning Objectives:
    - Explain the importance of physician and administrative leader buy in for an infection prevention Program
    - Indicate how to write and present to institutional leadership a strategic plan and business case for instituting, maintaining, and expanding of an infection control program
    - Learn how to successfully recruit physician and administrative champions for planned programs
    - Discuss how to develop and present a report detailing the rationale and proposed benefits of a Program or intervention, including financial analysis, improvement in patient safety, and justification for funding of proposed team members
    - Demonstrate how to develop and present annual reports detailing interventions, cost-savings/maintenance, improved patient safety

    Regulatory & Emergency Preparedness
    2:45 pm - 3:15 pm
    Date:
    Friday, March 31
    Time:
    2:45 pm - 3:15 pm
    Speaker(s):
    Louise Dembry, MD

    Learning Objectives:
    - State the role and functions of public health entities at local, state, and national levels
    - Review core emergency preparedness concepts, including emergency response planning, incident command functions, and facility response to emergent events
    - Assist in policy and response plan development and evaluation for infection-related events, such as bioterrorism or pandemic respiratory pathogens
    - Recite an overview of the system of state, federal, and accrediting organization oversight and requirements for healthcare facilities prepare for and survive a visit from CMS, TJC, and State DPH

    Putting it all Together
    3:15 pm - 4:00 pm
    Date:
    Friday, March 30
    Time:
    3:15 pm - 4:00 pm
    Speaker(s):
    Sarah Haessler, MD

    Learning Objectives:
    - Review an interactive case which leads course participants through the work up of a massive exposure in their healthcare facility
    - Identify skills learned to identify which pathogen is responsible, and the mode of transmission
    - Identify which healthcare workers and patients were exposed and who needs prophylaxis and/or isolation
    - Apply communication skills to effectively convey information within the healthcare organization and to the media
    - List leadership skills to help respond, organize, and manage the massive exposure

    Closing Plenary: Preparing for the Future
    4:15 pm - 5:45 pm
    Date:
    Friday, March 31
    Time:
    4:15 pm - 5:45 pm
    Speaker(s):
    Preparing for the Unexpected - Michael Edmond, MD, MPH, MPA
    Engaging the Next Generation - William G. Powderly, MD
    Developing the Vision - Silvia Munoz-Price, MD, PhD

    Learning Objectives:
    - Discuss challenges to planning and reacting to unexpected infectious diseases situations
    - Discuss strategies to engage the next generation of infectious diseases physicians to ensure sustainability and growth of infection prevention, hospital epidemiology and antibiotic stewardship
    - Describe how to change the culture of institutions by successfully developing and communicating a larger vision for healthcare epidemiology/ infection prevention and antibiotic stewardship

    SHEA Antibiotic Stewardship Course
    Case Study #2: Stewardship and C. Difficile Infection
    8:00 am - 9:30 am
    Date:
    Friday, March 31
    Time:
    8:00 am - 9:30 am
    Speaker(s):
    Belinda Ostrowsky, MD, MPH

    Learning Objectives:
    - Define laboratory approaches to testing for C. difficile testing and interpret results
    - Review the association between use of Antibiotics and the development of C. difficile infections
    - Identify strategies to decrease C. difficile infection rates that include improving antibiotic use and understand how to implement them in a collaborative group including infection prevention

    Management of Resistant Gram Positive Infections
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
    Date:
    Friday, March 31
    Time:
    10:00 am - 10:30 am
    Speaker(s):
    Rebekah Moehring, MD, MPH

    Learning Objectives:
    - Identify common mechanisms of resistance for different bug/drug combinations including Gram-positive organisms
    - Discuss therapeutic options for highly resistant organisms
    - Discuss MICs and breakpoints and their role in determining appropriate therapy

    Management of Resistant Gram Negative Infections
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
    Date:
    Friday, March 31
    Time:
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
    Speaker(s):
    Chris Pfeiffer, MD, MHS

    Learning Objectives:
    - Identify common mechanisms of resistance for different bug/drug combinations including Gram-negative organisms
    - Discuss therapeutic options for highly resistant organisms
    - Discuss MICs and breakpoints and their role in determining appropriate therapy

    Developing an Antibiotic Stewardship Program in the Long-Term Care Settings
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Date:
    Friday, March 31
    Time:
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Speaker(s):
    Kavita Trivedi, MD

    Learning Objectives:
    - Define the unique challenges for resources, team development and measurement in long-term care settings
    - Identify starter strategies for implementing effective Antibiotic stewardship in long-term care settings
    - Describe collaborations between acute care and long-term care to create effective Antibiotic stewardship programs

    Case Studies #3: Adult Case: Intervention to Improve Management of Community-Acquired Pneumonia
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
    Date:
    Friday, March 31
    Time:
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
    Speaker(s):
    Priya Nori, MD

    Learning Objectives:
    - Discuss practical examples of Antibiotic stewardship implementation
    - Identify strategies for implementing effective Antibiotic stewardship targeting an institution-specific problem and special populations such as the neonates and the immunosuppressed

    Case Studies #4: Pediatric Case: Intervention to Improve Antibiotic Use in Pediatrics and the NICU
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    Date:
    Friday, March 31
    Time:
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    Speaker(s):
    Matthew Kronman, MD

    Learning Objectives:
    - Discuss practical examples of Antibiotic stewardship implementation
    - Identify strategies for implementing effective Antibiotic stewardship targeting an institution-specific problem and special populations such as the neonates and the immunosuppressed

    Case Studies #5: Adult Case: Intervention to Improve Antibiotic Use in the Immunocompromised
    2:45 pm - 3:15 pm
    Date:
    Friday, March 31
    Time:
    2:45 pm - 3:15 pm
    Speaker(s):
    Lilian Abbo, MD

    Learning Objectives:
    - Discuss practical examples of Antibiotic stewardship implementation
    - Identify strategies for implementing effective Antibiotic stewardship targeting an institution-specific problem and special populations such as the neonates and the immunosuppressed

    Where to go from Here: Maintaining Internal and External Support: A Weaver's Tale
    3:15 pm - 4:00 pm
    Date:
    Friday, March 31
    Time:
    3:15 pm - 4:00 pm
    Speaker(s):
    Gary Kravitz, MD

    Learning Objectives:
    - Identify core components of maintaining administrative support for Antibiotic stewardship
    - Examine how the Antibiotic stewardship program interacts with the institution’s strategic plan
    - Discuss strategies for fostering buy-in at all levels of an institution and identify the key leadership levers necessary for successful implementation of an Antibiotic stewardship program
    - Identify resources available to manage barriers and sustain programs

    Full conference sessions
    Applying Novel Educational Strategies to Infection Prevention Control and Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs
    8:00 am - 9:30 am
    Date:
    Friday, March 31
    Time:
    8:00 am - 9:30 am
    Speaker(s):
    Teach More Effectively: Spaced Education, Simulation, and Flipped Classrooms - Tom Sandora, MD, MPH
    Strategies for Engaging Learners - Matthew Kronman, MD
    Educating the Front Line Troops: Assessing and Maintaining Competency - Laurie Conway, RN, PhD

    Learning Objectives:
    - Describe the spacing effect and testing effect and how they can be leveraged to improve learning and retention
    - Examine potential applications of simulation and flipped classroom approaches in infection prevention and Antibiotic stewardship education
    - Identify evidence-based educational strategies to actively engage learners
    - Discuss best practices for assessing and maintaining competency among providers

    Challenging Cases in Infection Prevention and Stewardship
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Date:
    Friday, March 31
    Time:
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Speaker(s):
    Pediatric Case - Latania Logan, MD
    Long-Term Care Case - David Nace, MD, MPH
    Adult Hospital Case - Surbhi Leekha, MBBS, MPH
    International Case - Joost Hopman, MD
    Community Hospital Case - Priya Nori

    Learning Objectives:
    - Discuss real-world challenges in infection prevention in various healthcare settings
    - Compare strengths and weaknesses of solutions to challenging problems
    - Formulate management strategies and discuss resources to assist in the implementation of the solutions discussed
    - Compare knowledge with other peers and assess clinical acumen in infection prevention

    Is it Good to know? Universal Surveillance for C. Difficile?
    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
    Date:
    Friday, March 31
    Time:
    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
    Speaker(s):
    Pro: Yes - Silvia Munoz-Price, MD, PhD
    Con: No - Michael Edmond, MD, MPH, MPA
    Peace Maker - Gonzalo Bearman, MD, MPH

    Learning Objectives:
    - Learn the advantages of C. difficile surveillance cultures
    - Discuss the potential disadvantages of C. difficile surveillance cultures
    - Review the role of personalized medicine in the implementation of Infection Control interventions

    Tackling Pathogens in Nursing Homes
    2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
    Date:
    Friday, March 31
    Time:
    2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
    Speaker(s):
    Population-based Approaches for MDRO control - Susan Huang, MD, MPH
    Personalized Approaches to Prevent Infections - Lona Mody, MD, MSc

    Learning Objectives:
    - Describe risk factors and interventions to prevent device-associated infections for residents in post-acute and long-term care
    - Describe strategies for reducing transmission of drug-resistant pathogens in post-acute and long-term care

    Breakfast with Posters
    7:00 am - 7:50 am

    Plenaries
    Oral Abstract Session: Knowing is half the Battle, Quantifying the MDRO Problem
    8:00 am - 9:30 am

    Evolving Requirements for Surveillance, Reporting and Payment: What do Providers Need to Know?
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Date:
    Friday, March 31
    Time:
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Speaker(s):
    Evolving CMS Requirements for Infection Prevention and Antibiotic Stewardship - What Infection Preventionists Need to Know - Kate Gase, MPH, CIC
    New Long-Term Care Regulatory Requirements - Lona Mody, MD, MSc
    Understanding Regulatory and Government Processes that Impact Infection Prevention - Carissa Holmes, MPH
    Collaborating with Health Departments for HAI Prevention and Antibiotic Stewardship - Marion Kainer, MD, MPH

    Learning Objectives:
    - Identify new infection prevention and Antibiotic stewardship regulatory expectations for acute and long term care settings
    - Explore the current and future impact of these requirements on payment systems
    - Describe opportunities for collaboration with state health departments that facilitate meeting the new requirements

    Through the Looking-Glass: Perspectives from Post-acute and Long-term Care (PAC/LTC)
    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
    Date:
    Friday, March 31
    Time:
    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
    Speaker(s):
    Perspective on Antibiotic Stewardship - Robin Jump, MD, PhD
    Perspective on Infection Prevention Programs - Nimalie Stone, MD, MS
    Perspective on regulatory and policy drivers impacting PAC/LTC - David Nace, MD, MPH

    Learning Objectives:
    - Discuss the challenges implementing antibiotic stewardship and infection prevention activities in PAC/LTC
    - Describe strategies for acute care and public health partners to support antibiotic stewardship and infection prevention programs in PAC/LTC
    - Review the differences in stewardship and infection prevention regulatory oversight in PAC/LTC and how new policies may change practices

    Best Oral Abstracts Session: Something for Everyone
    2:45 pm - 4:00 pm