Utilization of the Antibiogram in Clinical Practice




After participating in all the activities in this educational resource, learners will be able to:

  • Describe how an antibiogram can improve appropriate antimicrobial use for hospital infections
  • Accurately read an antibiogram to guide empiric antimicrobial selection
  • Identify the weaknesses and limitations of an antibiogram and provide suggestions to improve its readability and usability

Please note that specific learning objectives for each module are listed in the module section of this website.


In accordance with policies set forth by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), University of Kentucky UK HealthCare CECentral (UKHCCEC) and Center for Independent Healthcare Education require all faculty members and spouses/significant others with an opportunity to affect the content of a continuing education activity to disclose any relevant financial relationships during the past 12 months with commercial interests. A commercial interest is any entity producing, marketing, re-selling or distributing health care goods or services consumed by or used on patients. Relationships with commercial interests and conflicts of interest resulting from those relationships must be revealed to the audience and resolved prior to the activity.

Relevant relationships include roles such as speaker, author, consultant, independent contractor (including research), employee, investor, advisory committee member, board member, review panelist, and investigator. If a potential speaker or author indicates a possible conflict of interest, the conflict will be resolved by choosing another speaker or author for that topical area, or the slides, handouts, and/or monograph will be reviewed and approved by a qualified commercially-disinterested peer.

Disclosure of a relationship is not intended to suggest or condone any bias in any presentation, but is made to provide participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a presentation.


This educational resource is designed for hospital healthcare professionals, including hospital pharmacists, physicians, microbiologists, and infection control personnel, who would benefit from a better understanding of antibiograms to guide clinical decision-making and empiric therapy.


Each module and case exercise in this educational resource is accredited for physicians and pharmacists. Please refer to the specific module/case exercise for complete information on accreditation.


This educational resource is jointly sponsored by University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Center for Independent Healthcare Education, and Vemco MedEd.

Accreditation Sponsors


This educational resource is supported by educational grants from Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., administered by Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC; Astellas Pharma Global Development, Inc.; and Cubist Pharmaceuticals.

Accreditation Commercial Supporters


There is no fee to participate in any activity in this educational resource.


For questions regarding accreditation,

Physicians: please contact University of Kentucky Healthcare CE Central: Christopher Dennison at Crdenn2@email.uky.edu; Phone: (859) 218 0329

Pharmacists: please contact Center for Independent Healthcare Education at info@jointsponsor.com