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PHO: Using Antibiotics Wisely in the COVID-19 Era

  • 17 Nov 2020
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Webinar

PHO Grand Rounds: Using Antibiotics Wisely in the COVID-19 Era

The COVID-19 pandemic caused significant changes to healthcare that threaten the appropriate use of antibiotics, possibly contributing to the worsening of the global antimicrobial resistance crisis. This presentation aims to provide clinicians with tools and resources to ensure antibiotics are prescribed appropriately in outpatient virtual care for patients with infections, and inpatient care of patients with suspected or proven COVID-19.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify tools and resources that can be used to improve the appropriateness of antibiotic prescribing for patients receiving virtual care

  2. Describe the risk of bacterial co-infection in patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and explain opportunities to improve the quality of antibiotic use for these patients

  3. List five factors associated with the COVID-19 pandemic that may impact antibiotic resistance at the population level globally

Presenter(s): Dr. Jerome Leis and Dr. Philip Lam

Dr. Jerome Leis is an Infectious Diseases physician at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is the Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control and has worked to support implementation of antimicrobial stewardship locally, as well as nationally for organizations such as Choosing Wisely Canada, the Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Canada, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. 

Dr. Philip Lam is a staff physician in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. He is the Interim Medical Director for the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. His research interests are focused on using quality improvement methodology to develop sustainable system-level interventions to improve the appropriate use of antibiotics.



The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.


Public Health Ontario Grand Rounds are a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). In order to receive written documentation for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits, please check “Yes” beside the question “Do you require CME credits?” on the registration form.

College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Affiliate Members may count RCPSC credits toward their Mainpro+ credit requirements. All other CFPC members may claim up to 50 Certified credits per cycle for participation in RCPSC MOC Section 1 accredited activities.

PHO Grand Rounds are also approved by the Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI).

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