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To Prescribe or Not To Prescribe? Antibiotics and Outpatient Infections

Friday, October 21, 2016 to Monday, October 21, 2019
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Internet Enduring Material Sponsored by Stanford University School of Medicine. Presented by the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine


This CME activity provides a practical approach to the management of common outpatient infections through the use of didactic videos, patient role plays and interactive case based video. National guidelines will be reviewed with emphasis on the most appropriate empiric antibiotic choice and duration of therapy. Video role plays will demonstrate communication skills that can be used with patients regarding appropriate antibiotic usage.


This course is designed for physicians in family practice, primary care, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, emergency medicine, pharmacists, as well as nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and allied health professionals.


  • Release Date: October 21, 2016
  • Expiration Date: October 21, 2019
  • Estimated Time to Complete: 1.75 hours
  • CME Credits Offered: 1.75
  • Registration Fee: FREE

To Obtain CME Credits

  • Review the information below and complete the entire activity.
  • Complete the Post-test, Evaluation Survey, and Activity Completion Statement at the end of the activity.
  • You must receive a score of 75% or higher on the post-test in order to receive a certificate. You will have two attempts to answer each multiple-choice question (or one attempt for questions with only two options) to pass the post-test.
  • Once you attest to completing the entire online activity and have scored 75% or higher on the post-test, your certificate will be generated automatically and will be available on your Dashboard page.
  • Physicians will be awarded AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. All other participants will receive a Certificate of Participation.
  • * Participation in content marked Optional is not certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Define the scope and implications of antibiotic misuse in the outpatient setting.
  • Recognize when antimicrobials are indicated in common outpatient infections.
  • Select the most appropriate empiric antimicrobial choice and duration of therapy for common outpatient bacterial infections.
  • Employ effective communication strategies when discussing antibiotic decisions with patients.


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