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PHO Rounds: Preventing the Silent Pandemic: Antibiotic Stewardship and COVID-19

A second, silent pandemic is emerging while we focus our efforts on COVID-19. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) threatens millions of lives by making infections more difficult to treat and prevent. This presentation discusses the potential impact of COVID-19 on AMR and its main driver, antibiotic use. Two rapid reviews will be presented evaluating 1) bacterial co-infections and 2) antibiotic prescribing in patients with COVID-19. Antibiotic stewardship in the context of COVID-19 will also be discussed. 

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

  1. Explain the potential implications of COVID-19 to antimicrobial resistance
  2. Discuss rapid review findings on bacterial infection and antimicrobial prescribing in patients with COVID-19
  3. Discuss antibiotic stewardship strategies at the patient and population level

Presenter(s): Valerie Leung and Bradley Langford

Valerie Leung is the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Lead at Public Health Ontario, where she works with a multidisciplinary team and external partners to advance antimicrobial stewardship across the healthcare system. She is also a Clinical Pharmacist at Michael Garron Hospital, Toronto East Health Network, where she is involved in local quality improvement initiatives. 
Bradley Langford is a Pharmacist Consultant in the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at Public Health Ontario. He is also a lead Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist at Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre in St. Catharines, Ontario. Bradley is a board certified infectious diseases pharmacist with practice and research interests in antimicrobial resistance, as well as, behaviour change interventions in antimicrobial prescribing.


Public Health Ontario 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 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).

For more information or for a record of registration for other Continuing Education purposes, please contact events@oahpp.ca


Public Health Ontario is committed to complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact 647-260-7100 or events@oahpp.ca.

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Updated 4 June 2021