977. An innovative 3-year medical student spiral curriculum in antimicrobial stewardship and infectious diseases
Session: Oral Abstract Session: Medical Education
Friday, October 5, 2018: 10:30 AM
Room: S 157
Background: By 2050, infections due antimicrobial resistant organisms are predicted to account for 10 million deaths/year worldwide. Physician antibiotic prescribing patterns are a significant factor in the development of antibiotic resistance organisms. Early, continual, and integrated medical student education may help students develop a framework for responsible antimicrobial use as they develop prescribing patterns.

Methods: We designed a spiral antimicrobial stewardship curriculum (defined as revisiting the same concept but with increasing complexity) for medical students in years 2-4. Data provided by the Graduation Questionnaire (GQ) administered by the U.S. Association of American Colleges were used. We compared student responses during the curriculum rollout in 2013-15 between students at our institution and other schools. We also surveyed graduating seniors in 2015 about antimicrobial stewardship training.

Results: Using GQ data for the class of 2013 (pre-intervention), a similar proportion of UCSF medical students compared to other US medical students rated microbiology clinical preparation as excellent (43.6% vs. 45.1%, P>0.20). For the 2014 class, we developed interactive case-based sessions at the beginning of years 3 and 4. After this first intervention, a higher proportion of UCSF students rated the microbiology clinical preparation as excellent (51.3%) compared to responses at all schools (39.8%, odds ratio [OR] 1.59, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.1-2.3, P=0.013). For the class of 2015, we added content during the medicine clerkship and 1 week before graduation. For the 2015 class, an even higher proportion of UCSF students rated microbiology preparation as excellent (57.6%), compared to all schools (41.2%, OR 2.23, 95% CI 1.54-3.22, P<0.0001). From our survey, 88% were very or extremely satisfied with antimicrobial stewardship training.

Conclusion: A spiral curriculum focusing on antimicrobial stewardship and infectious diseases increases student perception of clinical preparation prior to graduation. As the curriculum was incrementally introduced, students’ knowledge increased indicating a dose-response pattern. Based on these positive results, we plan to introduce more content throughout UME, and link to curriculum for GME and practicing clinicians.

Peter Chin-Hong, MD, Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease, UCSF, San Francisco, CA, Arianne Teherani, PhD, Medicine, UCSF, San Francisco, CA, David Irby, PhD, UCSF, San Francisco, CA and Brian Schwartz, MD, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA


P. Chin-Hong, None

A. Teherani, None

D. Irby, None

B. Schwartz, None

See more of: Medical Education
See more of: Oral Abstract Session
Previous Abstract | Next Abstract >>

Findings in the abstracts are embargoed until 12:01 a.m. PDT, Wednesday Oct. 3rd with the exception of research findings presented at the IDWeek press conferences.