Accreditation

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. 

Physicians: 

The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America designates this course for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. All CME-accredited sessions are also available for attendees to earn the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC) points.

ABIM MOC: All CME accredited sessions are also available for all attendees to earn American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Points. 

Nurses: 

This activity will be 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.

Pharmacists:

The continuing education activities for pharmacists will be developed and jointly provided by ProCE, LLC. and SHEA. ProCE is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education (CPE). 

Learning Objectives 

SHEA’s overall goal for the Spring 2023 Conference is for participants to gain valuable knowledge about the latest research and science in healthcare epidemiology and antimicrobial stewardship, practical skills and strategies to implement this knowledge, and ongoing connections with other professionals in the field of healthcare epidemiology, infection prevention and antibiotic stewardship. 

  • Evaluate new scientific evidence related to epidemiologic methods and prevention of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and COVID-19 and assess new data in controversial areas with sparse or inconclusive evidence.
  • Determine the impact of, and advocate for, public policy development including antiracism efforts, on healthcare epidemiology, infection prevention and antibiotic stewardship.
  • Incorporate best methods in healthcare epidemiology, antibiotic stewardship, surveillance, prevention, and research into practice.
  • Adapt best practices and approaches to a variety of settings including acute care, long term care and pediatrics in collaboration with infection preventionists, pharmacists, microbiologists, nurses and other members of the healthcare team.  
  • Apply practical strategies and interprofessional team approaches to effectively communicate healthcare epidemiology, HAI prevention and antibiotic stewardship knowledge and practices to patients, healthcare personnel and policy makers

SHEA/CDC Training Course in Healthcare Epidemiology 

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

  • Review the process of surveillance for healthcare-associated infections and how to apply surveillance techniques and methods within your healthcare team.
  • Define modes of transmission and approaches to prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial-resistant pathogens, as well as other emerging infections in the healthcare setting.
  • Determine the roles that the environment, cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization play in the cycle of transmission of infections to patients.
  • Assess how infection prevention activities align with the disciplines of Healthcare Quality and Safety.
  • Apply and define outbreak investigation techniques and evidence-based infection prevention strategies.
  • Evaluate the unique approaches to infection prevention among special populations.
  • Determine the role of leadership and clinical education in infection prevention efforts.
  • Analyze the role of the healthcare epidemiologist in antimicrobial stewardship, occupational health, epidemiology research, the microbiology laboratory, and emergency preparedness.

SHEA Antibiotic Stewardship Training Course 

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

  • Develop comprehensive antimicrobial stewardship programs for teams within your healthcare institution.
  • Incorporate effective strategies for partnering with key stakeholders and others to champion stewardship.
  • Apply effective antimicrobial stewardship programs within a variety of healthcare settings, including low resource settings.
  • Develop both process and outcome measures to quantify the impact of stewardship programs.
  • Effectively network with and learn from antimicrobial stewardship colleagues from other institutions.