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Thursday, November 18, 2021 | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published several studies characterizing antibiotic prescribing during the COVID-19 pandemic in outpatient, nursing home, and hospital settings. Findings from these studies and others inform opportunities to improve antibiotic use and guide the development of resources to support healthcare professionals and health systems. Case studies representing common clinical scenarios will be discussed to support decisions related to antibiotic prescribing.

COCA Logo CDCObjectives: At the conclusion of the session, participants will be able to accomplish the following:

  1. Describe the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on antibiotic prescribing.
  2. Discuss opportunities to improve antibiotic prescribing for patients who have COVID-19.
  3. Identify strategies and resources to support antibiotic prescribing decisions and educate patients about appropriate antibiotic use.

To Participate

A few minutes before the webinar starts, click on the Zoom link to join. You may also participate via telephone by calling 669-254- 5252.  Registration is not required.


Lauri Hicks, DO
CAPT, U.S. Public Health Service
Director, Office of Antibiotic Stewardship; Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Christopher Evans, PharmD
Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance Program
Tennessee Department of Health

Jeffrey Gerber, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Payal Patel, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases; University of Michigan Health System
Medical Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship; VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System

If you are unable to attend the live COCA Call, the recording will be available for viewing on the COCA Call webpage a few hours after the live event ends. The slide set will be available on the day of the call on the COCA Call webpage under Call Materials. Free Continuing Education (CE) will be offered for this COCA Call.

Continuing Education: To receive continuing education (CE) for WC2922-111821 – Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Calls/Webinars – What Clinicians, Pharmacists, and Public Health Partners Need to Know about Antibiotic Prescribing and COVID-19, Thursday, November 18, 2021, please visit TCEO and follow these 9 Simple Steps by Monday, December 20, 2021.