985. The Students for Antimicrobial Stewardship Society: A Novel, Grassroots Educational Approach to Growing a Culture of Antimicrobial Stewardship
Session: Poster Abstract Session: Antibiotic Stewardship: General Acute Care Implementation and Outcomes
Friday, October 28, 2016
Room: Poster Hall
  • IDWeek Poster Draft.pdf (1.6 MB)
  • Background:

    The World Health Organization identified antibiotic resistance (AR) as this century’s most critical health issue. Antimicrobial stewardship (AS) education has been shown to reduce AR, but such educational interventions have historically targeted practitioners after their prescribing habits are established. Given medical students’ demonstrated interest in AS and the lack of its integration into undergraduate medical education, we sought to strengthen student exposure to AS.


    The Students for Antimicrobial Stewardship Society (SASS) was founded by Canadian medical students in 2015 to empower the next generation of health care providers to prescribe antimicrobials judiciously through peer-to-peer education. SASS has become a multidisciplinary, student-led, national organization dedicated to raising awareness of AR and AS, and is the first organization of its kind. It developed a 3-pronged focus: communication, education & policy development, and external relations. SASS has also completed a narrative review of AS educational evaluations, a pre-clerkship curriculum evaluation, and a point- prevalence study of AS training and interest among clerkship students.


    SASS has support from the Canadian Federation of Medical Students and Ontario Medical Students’ Association, and established 8 student chapters across Canada. It was selected as 1 of 15 globally leading initiatives by the International Federation of Medical Students Associations. SASS presented to Health Canada, the Chief Medical Officer, and Public Health Agency of Canada. Furthermore, SASS has worked with pharmacy, dentistry and nursing to create student teams that develop multidisciplinary AS solutions. In its studies, SASS has found a dearth of evaluated educational practices in undergraduate medical education, low to moderate exposure in curricula, and a high level of interest among students for more resources.


    Through peer-to-peer education, research, advocacy and faculty collaboration, SASS has developed an innovative approach to improving medical student awareness of AS and provides new understanding of current educational practices. SASS is a model for developing grassroots programs for AS education in many disciplines.

    Sarah Silverberg, B.Arts.Sc, Alainna Jamal, BSc, Vanessa Zannella, MSc, Ali Damji, BSc, J. Antonio Lee, MPH and Andrew Morris, MD, SM, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada


    S. Silverberg, None

    A. Jamal, None

    V. Zannella, None

    A. Damji, None

    J. A. Lee, None

    A. Morris, None

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