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To Prescribe or Not To Prescribe? Antibiotics and Outpatient Infections

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This CME activity provides a practical approach to the management of common outpatient infections by the primary care provider 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, ObGyn and pharmacists.


  • Release Date: TBD
  • Expiration Date: TBD
  • Estimated Time to Complete: TBD
  • CME/CPE Credits Offered: TBD
  • 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 Credits™. All other participants will receive a Certificate of Participation.


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.
  • Define the scope and implications of antibiotic misuse in the outpatient setting.


  1. Introduction
  2. Case 1. Sinus congestion
  3. Case 2. Bumps, lumps and pus
  4. Case 3. Red leg
  5. Case 4. Cough
  6. Case 5. Positive urine culture
  7. Case 6. Sore throat
  8. Case 7. Dysuria
  9. Course Wrap-up
  10. Resources and References
  11. Help!
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