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Selection of Therapy for HAP/VAP

Selection of Therapy for HAP/VAP


Expert Perspective

Time to Complete

30 minutes


August 20, 2019


August 20, 2020
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Maximum Credits

0.50 / AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM

Accredited Provider

Sponsored by Academy for Continued Healthcare Learning

Commercial Supporter

Supported by an educational grant from Merck & Company.

Program Description

This activity will feature three faculty members who will discuss a patient case relating to the assessment and treatment of serious infections. Our expert faculty will discuss Gram-negative infections, diagnostic approaches, molecular epidemiology of antibiotic resistance, and new and emerging approaches to Gram-negative organisms. The purpose of this activity is to provide members of antimicrobial stewardship programs and clinicians who care for patients with serious infections with the latest data on antimicrobial stewardship, available and emerging antibiotics against Gram-negative pathogens, and the optimization of therapy to improve outcomes and reduce resistance

Intended Audience

This activity is intended for ID specialists, researchers, clinical microbiologists, hospitalists, internists, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals who care for patients at risk of serious infection

Educational Objectives

Upon proper completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Discuss the molecular epidemiology of antibiotic resistance in bacterial pathogens
  • Compare and contrast antibiotics currently in development for use against gram-negative pathogens
  • Describe strategies to optimize antimicrobial therapy to ensure effectiveness of antibiotics and reduce resistance

Conflict of Interest Disclosure Policy

The Academy for Continued Healthcare Learning (ACHL) requires that the faculty participating in a CME activity disclose all affiliations or other financial relationships (1) with the manufacturers of any commercial product(s) and/or provider(s) of commercial services discussed in an educational presentation and (2) with any commercial supporters of the activity. All conflicts of interest have been resolved prior to this CME activity.


Jason M. Pogue, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
Wayne State University School of Medicine
Detroit, MI

Dr. Pogue discloses the following:
Consultant: Melinta, Merck, Nabriva, Shionogi, and Tetraphase
Speakers Bureau: Melinta and Merck
Grant Support: Merck

Patricia (Trish) Simner, PhD, D(ABMM)
Director of Medical Bacteriology and Parasitology Laboratories
Associate Professor of Pathology
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

Dr. Simner discloses the following:
Consultant: Accelerate Diagnostics, CosmosID, OpGen Inc., and Roche Diagnostics
Research Grants: Accelerate Diagnostics, Affinity Biosensors, Check-Points BV, Hardy Diagnostics, and OpGen Inc.

Pranita D. Tamma, MD, MHS
Director, Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

Dr. Tamma discloses the following:
Research Grants: Merck

Accredited Provider Disclosure

ACHL staff members and others involved with the planning, development, and review of the content for this activity have no relevant affiliations or financial relationships to disclose.




AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM

Accreditation Statement

The Academy for Continued Healthcare Learning is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement

The Academy for Continued Healthcare Learning designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM  .  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

Novel antibiotics and available antibiotics under investigation for use in different types of serious infections.


The content for this activity was developed independently of the commercial supporter. All materials are included with permission. The opinions expressed are those of the faculty and are not to be construed as those of the publisher or grantor.

This educational activity was planned and produced in accordance with the ACCME Accreditation Criteria, Policies, and Standards for Commercial Support. Recommendations involving clinical medicine in a continuing medical education (CME/CE) activity must be based on evidence that is accepted within the profession of medicine as adequate justification for their indications and contraindications in the care of patients. All scientific research referred to, reported, or used in CME/CE in support or justification of a patient care recommendation must conform to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis.

This CME/CE activity might describe the off-label, investigational, or experimental use of medications that may exceed their FDA-approved labeling. Physicians should consult the current manufacturers’ prescribing information for these products. ACHL requires the speaker to disclose that a product is not labeled for the use under discussion.


This activity will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. To receive credit, participants are required to complete the pretest, view the online activity and complete the posttest and evaluation. To receive credit, 66% must be achieved on the posttest. A certificate will be immediately available and emailed, please be sure to check spam/junk mailbox. There is no fee to participate in the activity or for the generation of the certificate. Your certificate will be saved on the ACHL website and will not be available in your myCME History.

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