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 other activity (course, live internet course and internet enduring material activity) for a maximum of 59.5 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. Maximum contact hours will be 59.5.

Pharmacists:

The continuing education activities for pharmacists have been 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). Participants attending conference CPE activities may earn a maximum of 16.75 contact hours of CPE credit. 

Learning Objectives 

SHEA’s overall goal for the Spring 2022 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. 

  •  At the conclusion of the conference, learners should be able to: 
  • Review and critique new scientific evidence related to epidemiologic methods and prevention of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and COVID-19. 
  • 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 antibiotic stewardship practices in acute and non-acute healthcare settings. 
  • Discuss current best practices in HAI prevention and antibiotic stewardship in individual clinical settings including Pediatrics and Long-Term Care. 
  • Apply practical strategies to effectively communicate healthcare epidemiology, HAI prevention and antibiotic stewardship knowledge and practices to patients, healthcare personnel and policy makers. 
  • Discuss leadership in healthcare epidemiology and identify skills and behaviors of effective leaders. 
  • Identify and lead antiracism efforts in healthcare epidemiology, infection prevention and antibiotic stewardship. 
  • Identify the role of climate change in healthcare epidemiology, infection prevention, and antibiotic stewardship. 
     

SHEA/CDC Training 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 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. 
  • Define the roles that the environment, cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization play in the cycle of transmission of infections to patients. 
  • Identify 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. 
  • 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, 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: 

  • Construct comprehensive antimicrobial stewardship programs within healthcare institutions using effective strategies for partnering with others to champion stewardship. 
  • Describe and evaluate components of effective antimicrobial stewardship programs and implement these in a variety of healthcare settings, including low resource and/or low- and middle-income countries. 
  • 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.