Target Audience

This activity is specifically designed for laboratory technologists, managers and clinicians involved in the use of diagnostic test results to guide rational use of antimicrobials and in antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) programmes.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the course, learners should be able to:

  • Learn about mechanisms of antibiotic resistance and spread

  • Describe laboratory methods for antimicrobial susceptibility and resistance testing

  • Describe how the results of antimicrobial susceptibility and resistance testing are used in clinical medicine

Week 2 Outline

(Approximately 60 minutes to complete Week 2)

  • Introduction to Week 2

  • Mechanism of Antibiotic Resistance and Spread

  • Methods for Determining Antibiotic Susceptibility and Detection of Resistance

  • The Laboratory-Clinician Interface

  • Summary of Week 2

Course Directors

Professor Rosanna Peeling, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and International Diagnostics Centre, UK

Dr. Noah Fongwen, Africa Centres for Disease Control & Prevention and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK

Dr. Debi Boeras, Founder & CEO of Global Health Impact Group and Global Health CPD, US

Advisers, Guest Faculty & Partners

  • Dr. Carl Boodman, University of Manitoba, Canada

  • Dr. Regina Berba, University of the Philippines

  • Mr. Carlos Gouvea, Latin American Alliance for the Development of In Vitro Diagnostics (ALADDiV), Brazil

  • Dr. Segundo Leon, Universidad Privada San Juan Bautista, Peru

  • Dr. Amal Saif Al-Maani, Ministry of Health, Oman

  • Professor V Ramasubramanian, Capstone Multispeciality Clinic, Apollo Hospitals, India

  • Dr. Raiva Simbi, Ministry of Health, Zimbabwe

  • Professor David Moore, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK

  • Dr. Nicaise Ndembi, Africa CDC, Ethiopia


We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of Dr. James Karlowsky of Shared Health, Manitoba, Canada; Dr. Philippe Lagace-Wiens of St. Boniface Hospital, Winnipeg, Canada, in granting us the use of the microbiology laboratory for filming; and Amanda Abbott and Nick Kontzie for providing technical support. A special thanks to Dr. Carl Boodman of University of Manitoba, Canada, for reviewing the curriculum and demonstrating the antimicrobial susceptibility testing and rapid test methods. 

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