About the Dutch Antimicrobial Stewardship masterclass & expert consultancy
"How to improve antibiotic use: a practical introduction to the development and implementation of Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs."read more
About the Dutch Antimicrobial Stewardship masterclass & expert consultancy“How to improve antibiotic use: a practical introduction to the development and implementation of Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs”
Our goal is to guide professionals and policy makers through the process of developing and implementing a successful Antimicrobial Stewardship Program in their hospital, healthcare system, region or even country. We achieve to do so by preparing you through pre-course online courses and project assignments, by teaching you through a 5-day course and helping you to elaborate your project. After the masterclass a dedicated coach will assist you with the evaluation and refinement of the project.
Endorsed byThis masterclass is endorsed by ESGAP.
Learning objectives of the course
- To understand the problems of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) across global, national and local levels;
- to understand and be able to describe the core elements of antimicrobial stewardship;
- to understand how to develop local/national guidelines for appropriate antibiotic use, based on international guidelines and local/national resistance levels;
- to be aware of the main barriers to the development of an Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, and to be able to apply improvement strategies to address these;
- to be able to convey the knowledge and skills needed for Antimicrobial Stewardship to both clinical and management teams in hospitals;
- to have decided next steps to take to improve antibiotic use/implement antibiotic stewardship in my health care setting/country.
Some reflections of the participants in 2019 on their learnings:
- "This course was probably the most valuable professional experience in the field of AMS that I have had so far."
- “The essence of AMS, tools to implement it, measure it, make behavioral changes, use strategies to make it work. In total this course made our vision more clear and gave us directions where to focus in order to achieve small steps but certain ones.”
- “The course materials (theoretical backgrounds, methods, experiences, success stories, and motivations, etc..) are very helpful to start with a small AS project which will grow to be a national program.”
- “I don't need to have enormous resources to initiate different antimicrobial activities. In most of lower income countries, we lack some of the basics to tackle the development of resistance or to prevent irrational use of antibiotics. This course opens your eyes and show you alternatives in your real context.”
- “This course was probably the most valuable professional experience in the field of AMS that I have had so far.”
- “Great insight into different challenges facing different countries are facing with respect to resistance and implementing AMS programs. Some great contacts made and a useful resource to share content across countries.”
Why this course?
- The Radboudumc offers small classes, excellent and reknown clinical and implementation scientists as well as tutors, clear learning goals, modern teaching skills, examination and certification.
- The Radboudumc cooperates with other Centers of Excellence in Infectious Diseases exchanging guest professors.
- Participants in 2019 awarded the masterclass a 9.2 (on a scale from 1 to 10).
Why this course?
We offer small classes, excellent and reknown clinical and implementation scientists as well as tutors, clear learning goals, modern teaching skills, examination and certification. Furthermore, we cooperate with other Centers of Excellence in Infectious Diseases exchanging guest professors.
We are ideally placed for groups, responsible for the implementation of an Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, including clinicians (micro, ID, clinical pharmacy) and policymakers.
Participants in 2019 awarded the masterclass a 9.2 (on a scale from 1 to 10).
Tutors of the masterclass
Marlies Hulscher PhD, professor of Quality of Care for infectious diseasesMarlies is a senior researcher at the Scientific Institute for Quality of Healthcare (IQ healthcare) of the Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen. IQ healthcare has a multi-disciplinary health services research staff with a background in e.g. sociology, social psychology, humanities, (bio)medical sciences, and economics and management. Marlies has more than 25 years experience in implementation research and behavioral science. Implementation scientists seek to understand the behavior of healthcare professionals and other stakeholders as a key variable in the uptake of evidence-based interventions into routine practice. Such insight into factors that underpin behaviors is crucial so that theories on behavioral change can be selected to generate ideas for the planning of effective interventions to change professional and stakeholder behavior and improve patient health.
As a Principal Investigator Marlies has performed numerous studies on defining, measuring, understanding and improving appropriate hospital antibiotic use and infection prevention. She is experienced in qualitative and quantitative research and in effect, process and economic evaluations.
Read more about Marlies or visit the Dutch Antimicrobial Stewardship team page.
Heiman Wertheim, professor in clinical microbiologyHeiman is clinical microbiologist and heads the clinical microbiology department at Radboud University Medical Center. He is board member for the Nederlandse Vereniging voor Medische Microbiologie (NVMM) and member of the ‘Raad voor Wetenschap en Innovatie’ at the Federatie Medisch Specialisten.
One of his main interests is antibiotic resistance in both resource rich and resource constrained settings and does this through a multidisciplinary approach: health systems, policy development, behavior, surveillance, prevention, genomics, stewardship and clinical trials. Heiman is currently part of a WHO expert panel to develop a priority pathogens list (PPL) for antimicrobial resistant bacteria.
Read more about Heiman or visit the Dutch Antimicrobial Stewardship team page.
Jaap ten Oever MD PhD, infectious disease physicianJaap’s interest are community- and hospital-acquired infections and antimicrobial stewardship, in which he has extensive hands-on experience, is involved in research and policy-making. He was trained as an infectious disease specialist at the Radboud university medical center and obtained his PhD in 2014 with his thesis “Footprints of infections novel diagnostic strategies in infectious diseases”. Besides being a member of the Radboud university medical center antimicrobial stewardship team, he participates in the antibiotic resistance & infection prevention network Gelderland (GAIN), is secretary of the Dutch working Party on Antibiotic Policy (SWAB) working group on antimicrobial stewardship, and a board member of the SWAB. He coordinates the development and implementation of the Dutch antimicrobial stewardship monitor. He is the vice-coordinator of the infectious diseases training program.
Read more about Jaap or visit the Dutch Antimicrobial Stewardship team page.
Jeroen Schouten MD PhD, intensivist and senior researcherJeroen is an intensivist at Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen and is a senior researcher at IQ healthcare. Jeroen earned a PhD in Infectious Diseases and Implementation Science and has been involved in qualitative research with a focus on antimicrobial stewardship ever since, focusing on its application in Intensive care medicine. As senior researcher, Jeroen has performed numerous studies on understanding and improving hospital antibiotic use. He is experienced in qualitative and quantitative research methods and has been involved in many (inter)national initiatives to improve antibiotic prescribing (e.g. SWAB, ECCMID, ECDC, WHO).
Read more about Jeroen or visit the Dutch Antimicrobial Stewardship team page.
Roger Brüggemann PhD, hospital pharmacist and clinical pharmacologist
Roger is a hospital pharmacist and clinical pharmacologist at Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen. He is responsable for translational farmacological research into anti-infectives (antifungal and antibacterial). His research interests cover three domains: from in vitro and experimental work in animals to research in specific patient populations (ICU, hematology, neonatology and pediatrics, obese patients) in a model of strong national and international collaboration. The focus of his research is to unravel influencing factors on pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of anti-infectives. Roger co-authors treatment guidelines on TDM for antifungals. Clinically, Roger is responsible for pharmacological consultation at the departments of Hematology and Intensive Care medicine. He is a member of Radboudumc A-team.
Read more about Roger or visit the Dutch Antimicrobial Stewardship team page.
ProgramThe course consists of a pre-course and a 4 day course. After the course, you will keep in contact with you dedicated tutor-coach for 6 months.
Current training locations
The Netherlands Nijmegen
The masterclass aims to teach senior staff hospital doctors, pharmacists and policy makers. For most optimal course uptake, it is recommended to sign-up as a team of diverse specialties from the same hospital setting.
- Senior medical hospital staff (ID, microbiology, clinical pharmacy, ICU, paediatrics etc.) who start to develop and / or implement an Antimicrobial Stewardship Program in their hospital / healthcare system /region / country and will train their colleagues;
- Ideally (but not exclusively) oriented at teams of diverse specialties from the same hospital setting, responsible for the implementation of an Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, including both clinicians (microbiology, ID, clinical pharmacy) and policymakers.
11-15 May 2022
Fletcher Landgoed Hotel Holthurnsche Hof****, nearby Nijmegen.
You will be staying in the new and luxurious Landgoed Hotel Holthurnsche Hof, which is situated on a beautiful 19th-century estate between the hills of Berg en Dal. In addition, the hotel is only a few kilometers from the bustling city of Nijmegen.
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- Weeze, Germany (45 km)
- Eindhoven, NL (77 km)
- Dusseldorf, Germany (112 km)
- Rotterdam, NL (128 km)
- Amsterdam, NL (141 km)
To ensure successful learning and implementation experience, the acceptance criteria for participants include:
- Experience and interest in development of an Antimicrobial Stewardship in their hospital setting
- Be trained in one of the specialties relevant for the course (ID, microbiology, clinical pharmacy, ICU, paediatrics etc.)
- Preferably, come with a team of diverse specialties from the same hospital setting
The course is endorsed by ESGAP, the Antimicrobial Stewardship study group of the European Society for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID).