Target AudienceAccreditation StatementsLearning Objectives


Target Audience

This conference is designed for physicians, infection preventionists, healthcare epidemiologists, infectious disease specialists, microbiologists, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals interested in healthcare epidemiology, infection prevention, surveillance, research methods, patient safety, environmental issues and quality improvement.

Accreditation Statements

The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

ACCME LogoPhysicians:

The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America designates this live activity for a maximum of  21.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


This activity has been submitted to the Virginia Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. The Virginia Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

ACPE ProCePharmacy Credits: (Only available for the SHEA Antibiotic Stewardship Training Course in addition to CME and CEU)

The continuing education activities for pharmacists have been developed through a joint providership of ProCE, Inc. and SHEA. ProCE is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education (CPE). Participants attending the conference CPE activities may earn a maximum of 17.75 contact hours of CPE credit. Note: some of the CPE sessions are being held concurrently. The sessions offering ACPE credit are designated in the program brochure with a UAN (Universal Activity Number) and hours of CPE credit. The release date for these CPE activities is March 29-31, 2017. Conference registration fees cover the cost of CPE credit. Statements of completion will be issued at upon successful completion of the online CPE activity learning assessment(s) and activity evaluation(s). All learning assessment(s) and activity evaluation(s) must be completed no later than May 5, 2017. No partial credit will be given for any individual session. Conflict of interest disclosures are required of all faculty and shall be provided to all participants at the conference.

Learning Objectives

SHEA’s overall goal for SHEA Spring 2017 is for participants to gain valuable knowledge about the latest research and science in healthcare epidemiology, practical skills and strategies to implement this knowledge, and ongoing connections with other professionals in the field of healthcare epidemiology and infection prevention. 

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Review and critique new scientific evidence related to epidemiologic methods and prevention of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs)
  • Identify evolving public policy developments and their impact on HAI prevention
  • Compare and contrast differing approaches to controversial aspects of HAI prevention
  • Translate best methods in healthcare epidemiology, antibiotic stewardship, surveillance, prevention, and research into practice
  • Apply and evaluate appropriate antimicrobial stewardship practices in acute and
    non-acute healthcare settings
  • Discuss current best practices in HAI prevention in individual clinical settings
    including Pediatrics and Long-term Care

SHEA/CDC Training Certificate Course in Healthcare Epidemiology

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the process of surveillance for Healthcare-Associated Infections and how to apply surveillance techniques and methods.
  • Define trends in transmission and control of Healthcare-Associated Infections and drug resistant-pathogens, as well as other emerging infections in the healthcare setting.
  • Apply and define outbreak investigation techniques and evidence-based infection prevention strategies.
  • Evaluate the unique approaches to infection prevention among special populations.
  • Describe the role of leadership and clinical education in infection prevention efforts.
  • Gain a working knowledge of the role of the healthcare epidemiologist in antimicrobial stewardship, epidemiology research, the microbiology laboratory, and emergency preparedness.

SHEA Antibiotic Stewardship Training Certificate Course

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the rationale for antimicrobial stewardship programs in healthcare institutions and communicate this rationale to other healthcare providers.
  • Evaluate components of effective antimicrobial stewardship programs and implement interventions in their healthcare setting.
  • Apply strategies for and measuring both process and outcomes measures.
  • Assess available data, including pharmacy and microbiology data, and the informatics strategies needed to support antimicrobial stewardship in their institution.
  • Identify concepts from improvement science and change theory to enhance implementation of antimicrobial stewardship activities.