Welcome to the course
Welcome to the BSAC Antifungal Stewardship e-learning course!
Although new and safer antifungals are available today, the list is still limited and their misuse can have a negative impact on patient outcomes in addition to the significant financial burden on healthcare systems around the world, such as the NHS in the UK.
Antifungal resistance is an increasing problem which cannot be ignored anymore.
Antifungal stewardship shares the aims and uses the same approaches with antimicrobial stewardship but it has its own special features and challenges.
Over the next three weeks we will tackle these one by one and the objective is that at the completion of this course you will have a good basic understanding of fungal infections, their diagnostic approaches, antifungals, therapeutic drug monitoring, antifungal resistance as well as the main guidelines. Using the knowledge and the tools provided we will work through three common scenarios.
This first week will focus on providing an overview of fungal infections and how they are diagnosed.
Membership to the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) is free and a great way to keep up-to-date with antimicrobial resistance and stewardship practices.
Get extra benefits
You can now get extra benefits by upgrading this course, including:
A Certificate of Achievement: To help you demonstrate your learning we’ll send you a Certificate of Achievement when you become eligible. This can go towards CPD points.
Unlimited access to the course: Go at your own pace with unlimited access to the course for as long as it exists on FutureLearn.
This course has been approved by The Royal College of Pathologists at a level of 9 credits. The RCPath CPD approval process is in line with the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges standards and criteria for CPD activities framework guidance. Reciprocity has been agreed between colleges/faculties for all approved activities.
Please note all who submit their details to the RCP to claim CPD, agree that FutureLearn may need to share their data, including their progress on the course, with RCP for the purposes of auditing / offering CPD.
Some of the images used in the course to show different types of fungal infections are graphic and may disturb some learners.