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This course will offer a practical approach to prescribing antibiotic therapy and development of antimicrobial stewardship across all specialties and settings. 

Antibiotics are among the most frequently prescribed classes of drugs and it is estimated that approximately 50% of antibiotic use, in both the outpatient and inpatient settings, is inappropriate.  At the same time, in contrast to any other class of drugs, every antibiotic use has a potential public health consequence – inappropriate use may not harm only the individual patient, but contributes to societal harm by exerting an unnecessary selective pressure that may lead to antibiotic resistance among bacteria.  This course will offer a number of illustrative cases, recognizable to the practicing physician in his or her practice to engage the learners in the thought processes that lead to optimal decision making, improved outcomes of individual patients, and harm reduction vis-a-vis the bacterial ecology. 

Learning Objectives

  • Develop skills to apply IDSA guidelines in treating infections such as acute rhino-sinusitis, and acute bronchitis. 
  • Apply evidence based antibiotic management to treat sepsis. 
  • Implement principles of antimicrobial stewardship in your practice. 
The Stanford University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

Course Syllabus

Course Outline:

  • Introduction and Pre-course Assessment
  • Unit 1: Mechanisms of Microbial Resistance
  • Unit 2: Appropriate Pharmacotherapy
  • Unit 3: ASP in Special Settings 
  • Unit 4: Components of an Effective ASP 
  • Unit 5: Implementing an Effective ASP
  • Unit 6: Beyond Culture and Sensitivity: the future of ASP, Microbiology and Infection Control

Course Format

Videos by leading experts in the field will provide up to date scientific information and case studies will engage learners in the educational process. Quizzes will facilitate better integration of the information into strategies to apply in practice. 

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Friday, October 16, 2015 to Friday, August 31, 2018
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Practical Tips to Improve Asian American Participation in Cancer Clinical Trials

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The Stanford Cancer Institute at Stanford University School of Medicine

Course Description

Racial and ethnic diversity is critical to the success of cancer clinical trials. Asian Americans, like other ethnic groups, have low recruitment, accrual and retention rates in cancer clinical trials. This represents a significant challenge on a national level for health advocates, healthcare institutions and the National Cancer Institute. To improve communication and awareness of clinical trials for Asian American patients, it is important to increase learners’ knowledge about cancer clinical trials and cultural humility. This online course will educate healthcare providers and allied health professionals about cancer clinical trials and cultural humility skills as well as provide educational resources and tips for reinforcing change in practice to improve outcomes in Asian American clinical trial participation.

Intended Audience

This course is designed to meet the educational needs of a national audience of physicians and allied health professionals who specialize in family practice, primary care, internal medicine and oncology.

Dates, Duration & Fee

  • Original Release Date: August 29, 2013
  • Latest Review Date: October 16, 2015
  • Expiration Date: August 29, 2018
  • Estimated Time to Complete: 1 Hour
  • CME Credits Offered: 1.00
  • Registration Fee: FREE

Please review all of the information on this page before clicking the Courseware tab at the top of the page to begin the course.

To Obtain CME Credits

  • Review the information below and complete the entire activity.
  • Complete the CME Post-test, CME Evaluation Survey, and CME Activity Completion Statement at the end of the activity.
  • You must receive a score of 75% or higher on the CME 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.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Develop strategies to determine appropriate patients for clinical trials.
  • Apply cultural humility skills to effectively communicate with Asian American patients about cancer clinical trials.
  • Identify at least 5 ways that will reinforce change in practice to incorporate clinical trials education and referral among Asian American patients and apply it in practice.
  • Recognize how to access at least 5 cancer clinical trial resources and use them in education and referral.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Clinical Trials Basics (13:51)
  3. Cultural Competence, Cultural Humility, & Clinical Trials Recruitment (14:20)
  4. Changing Your Practice to Increase Asian American Participation in Cancer Clinical Trials (12:45)
  5. Course Wrap-up
  6. References and Resources
  7. Help!


The following planner and speaker indicated that he has relevant financial relationships with industry to disclose relative to the content of this activity:

George A. Fisher Jr., MD, PhD
Professor of Oncology
Faculty Director, Stanford Cancer Clinical Trials Office
Stanford Univeristy School of Medicine
Co-Course Director
Contracted Research for clinical trials with Genentech, Novartis, Bristol, Ipsen, Tercica, Gilead and Newlink

The following planners, speakers and reviewer have indicated that they have no relationships with industry to disclose relative to the content of this activity:

Kim F. Rhoads, MD, MS, MPH, FACS
Assistant Professor, Surgery
Director, Community Partnership Program, Stanford Cancer Institute
Stanford Univeristy School of Medicine
Course Director

Angela Sun, PhD, MPH
Founder & President, Asian Alliance for Health, Inc.
National Outreach Core Director, AANCART
Co-Course Director

Miriam Bischoff, MS, MBA
Executive Administrative Director, Clinical Research, Stanford Cancer Institute

Rachel J. Mesia, MPH
Program Coordinator, Stanford Cancer Institute

Joyce Cheng, MS
Program Manager, Asian Alliance for Health
Outreach Core Community Director-San Francisco, AANCART

Charlene Cuaresma, MPH
Outreach Core Community Director-Hawaii, AANCART

Julie Dang, MPH, CHES
Admin Core Director and Community Health Educator, AANCART

May Louie Sung, MPH
Outreach Core Co-Director, AANCART

Jamie Felicitas, BS
Web Tool Project Manager, APICEM

Duong Ton, BA
Sr. Community Health Program Representative, AANCART

Parichart Sabado, MPH
Outreach Core Community Director, Los Angeles AANCART

Tina Tran Fung, MPH
Community Advisory Group Member, AANCART

Penny Lo, BS
Outreach Core Community Director-Sacramento, AANCART

Thoa Nguyen
Community Advisory Group Member (Ex-Officio), AANCART

Jann Murray-Garcia, MD, MPH
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, University of California, Davis

Tung Nguyen , MD
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California, San Francisco

Hardware/Software Requirements

  • Computer with Internet connection
  • Current version of Chrome, Firefox or Safari browser. You must have javascript enabled.

Accreditation and Designation of Credits

The Stanford University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Stanford University School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The California Board of Registered Nursing recognizes that Continuing Medical Education (CME) is acceptable for meeting RN continuing education requirements as long as the course is certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ ( Nurses will receive a Certificate of Participation following this activity that may be used for license renewal.

Commercial Support Acknowledgement

The Stanford University School of Medicine has received and has used undesignated program funding from Pfizer, Inc. to facilitate the development of innovative CME activities designed to enhance physician competence and performance and to implement advanced technology. A portion of this funding supports this activity.

Cultural and Linguistic Competency

California Assembly Bill 1195 requires continuing medical education activities with patient care components to include curriculum in the subjects of cultural and linguistic competency. It is the intent of the bill, which went into effect July 1, 2006, to encourage physicians and surgeons, CME providers in the State of California and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to meet the cultural and linguistic concerns of a diverse patient population through appropriate professional development. The planners and speakers of this CME activity have been encouraged to address cultural issues relevant to their topic area. The Stanford University School of Medicine Multicultural Health Portal also contains many useful cultural and linguistic competency tools including culture guides, language access information and pertinent state and federal laws. You are encouraged to visit the portal:

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Contact Information

If you are having technical problems (video freezes or is unplayable, can't print your certificate, etc.) you can submit a Help Request to the OpenEdX Team. If you have questions related to CME credit, requirements (Pre-test, Post-test, Evaluation, Attestation) or course content, you can contact the CME Online support team at


Chen A. The legal framework for language access in healthcare settings: Title VI and beyond. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2007:22(2): 62-367.

Epner DE, Baile WF. Patient-centered care: the key to cultural competence. Annals of Oncology. 2012;23(suppl 3):33-42.

Kummar S, Rubinstein L, Kinders R, Parchment RE, Gutierrez ME, Murgo AJ, et al. Phase 0 clinical trials: conceptions and misconceptions. The Cancer Journal. 2008;14(3):133-137.

Lara PN, Paterniti DA, Chiechi C, Turrell C, Morain C, Horan N, et al. Evaluation of factors affecting awareness of and willingness to participate in cancer clinical trials. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2005;23(36):9282-9289.

Okines AF, Cunningham D. Trastuzumab in gastric cancer. European Journal of Cancer. 2010;46(11):1949-1959.

Symonds RP, Lord K, Mitchell AJ, Raghavan D. Recruitment of ethnic minorities into cancer clinical trials: experience from the front lines. British Journal of Cancer. 2012;107(7):1017-1021.

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Will I get a Statement of Accomplishment after completing this class?

Yes. Students who successfully complete the class (comprise of 3 module videos, post-course quiz, post-course survey) will receive a Statement of Accomplishment.

What resources will I need for this class?

You will need a reasonably reliable Internet connection to access course videos, quiz, survey and handout. Please note that while most features of the Coursera site will load and function on a mobile device (such as a smartphone or a tablet), Coursera does not officially support these devices and cannot guarantee full site functionality if you are accessing Coursera from a mobile device.

System Requirements
You will need a reasonably reliable Internet connection to access course resources and to watch (or download) lecture videos. Please note that while most features of the Coursera site will load and function on a mobile device (such as a smartphone or a tablet), Coursera does not officially support these devices and cannot guarantee full site functionality if you are accessing Coursera from a mobile device. More information available via Coursera’s help page.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013
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This course teaches scientists to become more effective writers, using practical examples and exercises. Topics include: principles of good writing, tricks for writing faster and with less anxiety, the format of a scientific manuscript, and issues in publication and peer review. Students from non-science disciplines can benefit from the training provided in the first four weeks (on general principles of effective writing).


In the first four weeks, we will review principles of effective writing, examples of good and bad writing, and tips for making the writing process easier. In the second four weeks, we will examine issues specific to scientific writing, including: authorship, peer review, the format of an original manuscript, and communicating science for lay audiences. Students will watch video lectures, complete quizzes and editing exercises, write two short papers, and edit each others’ work.


Week 1 - Introduction; principles of effective writing (cutting unnecessary clutter)
Week 2 - Principles of effective writing (verbs)
Week 3 - Crafting better sentences and paragraphs
Week 4 - Organization; and streamlining the writing process
Week 5 - The format of an original manuscript
Week 6 - Reviews, commentaries, and opinion pieces; and the publication process
Week 7 - Issues in scientific writing (plagiarism, authorship, ghostwriting, reproducible research)
Week 8 - How to do a peer review; and how to communicate with the lay public


The course has no prerequisites other than fluency in English.


Will I get a Statement of Accomplishment?

Yes, students who score at least 60 percent will pass the course and receive a certificate. 
Students who score at least 90 percent will receive a certificate with distinction.

Can I get CME credit for this course?

This free version of the course does not offer CME credits, but there is a fee-based CME version available as well. Go to the Stanford online CME course page for more information. You are welcome to take this free version of the course before the CME course, but note that you will still need to create an account on the CME site, pay the registration fee, and complete the CME Pre-test, Post-test, Evaluation Survey, and Activity Completion Attestation statement in order to receive your credits.

How much of a time commitment will this course be?
You should expect this course to require 4 to 8 hours of work per week.

Any additional textbooks/software required?
There is no textbook for this course. Students who would like additional reading may enjoy:
- On Writing Well, William Zinsser;
- The Elements of Style, Strunk and White;
- Sin and Syntax, Constance Hale;
- Essentials of Writing Biomedical Research Papers, Mimi Zeiger;

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Monday, May 13, 2013
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The course will function like a conference, but it takes place over three months rather than two days, and encourages the transformation from passive audience observer to active participant and thought leader. The themes to be addressed are:

  • Global Health Challenges.
  • Mobile Health Opportunities.
  • Entrepreneurship in Health Care.

Today, more people have access to a mobile phone than to clean drinking water. At the same time, health systems around the world struggle to deliver cost-effective care. For example, where the United States confronts unsustainably soaring costs and millions of underserved citizens, Sub-Saharan Africa endeavours to provide medical care in the context of infrastructural challenges, economic shortfalls, and the highest disease burden in the world. Throughout India and China, investments in mobile entrepreneurship are reshaping how health care is delivered to massive populations. Meanwhile South America is experiencing a surge of entrepreneurial activity that promises to reshape how its citizens interact with the health system. To expose you to the breadth of activity and opportunity, each class will consist of multiple short presentations from renowned experts. Each lecture will be streamed live and a recorded copy will remain available on the course website through the duration of the course. Class discussions about these presentations will also take place online.

In the era of expansive and ever-expanding access to mobile technology, ideas can be more readily shared and solutions can more readily reach patients in need, wherever they are. We are more connected than ever before, in many ways: through global dissemination of infectious diseases; through shared challenges such as chronic disease burden; and of course through the Internet and telecom networks. Multi disciplinary collaboration holds the promise to increase the quality, efficiency, access, convenience, and personalization of health care in developed countries and in emerging economies.

Mobile Health Without Borders aims to realize that promise by providing a platform for participants to increase their capacity to have a meaningful impact on global health. To achieve this, students will work closely with classmates from around the world on small group assignments. These are to help you prepare for the Health Innovation Challenge, an opportunity to work with a global multi-disciplinary team and world-class mentors to design a solution to a health challenge you care about.

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