The UC Davis Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) was first established in pediatrics in 2011 and then hospital wide in 2013 in response to the growing challenge of antibiotic resistance. It is a multidisciplinary team of physicians, Infectious Disease (ID) pharmacists, microbiologists, infection preventionists, and a systems analyst who work daily to review medical decision making to provide both retrospective and real time assistance on improving antimicrobial use. UC Davis's ASP is dedicated to assisting and educating providers with antimicrobial decision making so that antimicrobials can be used in a way that maximizes benefit, minimizes risks to individual and public health, and provides the greatest value for our healthcare dollar.
Naomi Houser, M.D.
Jennifer Curello, Pharm.D.
James Go, Pharm.D.
Thomas Gintjee, Pharm.D.
Interested in Antibiotic Stewardship?
A clinical rotation is available to pharmacy and physician learners of all disciplines. The pharmacy rotation lasts 2-6 weeks and strives to educate students and residents on stewardship principals, common tools available to stewardship teams, and the practical day to day running of the program. Rotators practice prospective audit and feedback and round daily with the ASP attending to review flagged patient records for ASP interventions. They also attend "hand shake" rounds in various ICUs throughout the week to learn how front line nursing staff can be involved in antibiotic stewardship and infection prevention.
The physician rotation lasts 2 weeks and is an independent study elective. The ASP team will discuss with interested residents what their interests and goals are for the elective in order to determine a course plan including biweekly topic discussions and schedule that works for them. In general, most rotators spend the majority of their time with the ASP pharmacy team practicing prospective audit and feedback. Physician learners also spend time with the ASP attending on weekly "handshake" stewardship rounds with the General Medicine teaching services.