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Antimicrobial Stewardship – The AMMI Business Case and Essentials for Program Establishment

November 22, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM ET

 Offered by the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease (NCCID)

This webinar was available in English only.


This webinar will be of interest to public health physicians, as well as other senior leads and managers concerned with increasing antimicrobial resistance, the quality of patient care, and population health impacts. The event is designed to help participants build competencies in areas of leadership; planning and program development; and communication, collaboration and advocacy, as relates to establishment of antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs).


Dr. Morris’s presentation will focus on the evidence and arguments used to make a case for ASPs, as well as the essential elements for establishing programs.  He will draw from the example of an AMMI Canada initiative, which saw the development of a business case model intended to facilitate healthcare leaders in acquiring the necessary resources from healthcare administrators to launch or improve an antimicrobial stewardship program. Dr. Morris will share his perspective on the present Canadian context in which advocacy for ASPs is occurring.  


The webinar provides an opportunity for public health professionals and other health care leads to reflect on their role in advancing stewardship programs across all health care settings and to draw lessons for communicating the benefits of stewardship and consequences for inaction on AMR. Following the presentation, Dr. Paul Bonnar—Medical Director for the Nova Scotia Health Authority ASP—will lead a short discussion to support translation of the content for public health physicians.


Following this webinar, participants will be able to:

  •    Describe the current state of antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs) in Canada;
  •    Summarize the evidence for initiating ASPs;
  •    Describe the essential elements for ASP establishment;
  •    Apply lessons for communicating arguments for ASPs (e.g. fiscal, ethical) to senior healthcare administrators, or other leaders;
  •    Assess the role of public health professionals in inter-disciplinary collaboration to promote scale-up / spread of ASPs.


NAndrew Morris, MD, SM(Epi), FRCPC

Dr. Morris is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto and the Director of the Sinai Health System-University Health Network Antimicrobial Stewardship Program.  He is currently Chair of the Antimicrobial Stewardship and Resistance Committee for the Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Canada (AMMI Canada). 

He has served as a technical advisor on antimicrobial resistance and stewardship to the Canadian Government, and has worked closely with regional, provincial, and federal governments and interprovincial organizations to help develop and coordinate antimicrobial stewardship efforts.  He was the Principal Investigator of two peer-reviewed grants from the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario responsible for implementing antimicrobial stewardship programs in academic and subsequently community hospitals.

Paul Bonnar, MD, FRCPC

Medical Director, Nova Scotia Health Authority Antimicrobial Stewardship Program

Dr. Paul Bonnar completed his Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases training at Dalhousie University. He completed a clinical fellowship in Antimicrobial Stewardship at the Sinai Health System–University Health Network Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, University of Toronto. After completing this fellowship, Paul started his position as physician co-lead for the Nova Scotia Health Authority Antimicrobial Stewardship Program in July 2017.


This program meets the accreditation criteria as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and has been accredited by the Office of Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University for up to a total of 7.5 Section 1 credits (1 Section 1 credit/webinar).
Through an agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the  American Medical Association, physicians may convert Royal College MOC credits to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on the process to convert Royal College MOC credit to AMA credit can be found at

Each physician should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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