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Infectious Diseases Pharmacists Day

The fourth annual Infectious Diseases (ID) Pharmacists Day will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2024. This day recognizes the importance of ID pharmacists and the contributions they make to patient care.

2024 Theme:

"Join The Fight"

Share a Story About an Infectious Diseases Pharmacist

  • As advocates for antibiotic stewardship, our shared strength lies not only in our expertise but also in the power of stories to shape the narrative of our profession. We invite you to share your inspiring stories under the 2024 theme, "Join the Fight: Pharmacists Engaging Communities in Antibiotic Stewardship."
  • Your experiences are the backbone of our SIDP community, and by sharing them, you contribute to a wealth of knowledge that can drive change and elevate our impact! Your experiences can motivate others to engage in antibiotic stewardship initiatives and further solidify the impact of ID pharmacists.

Here are some key messages to guide your storytelling (not all-inclusive):

    • Community Collaboration: Illustrate how collaboration with other healthcare professionals, community leaders, or organizations has strengthened antibiotic stewardship efforts. Emphasize the importance of building bridges to foster a united front against infectious diseases.
        • E.g., Utilizing infographics, social media (YouTube/Instagram), podcast, health department collaboration
      • Overcoming Challenges: Discuss challenges you faced in promoting antibiotic stewardship and how you overcame them. Your resilience in the face of obstacles can inspire others to persist in their efforts. 
          • E.g., Overcoming language barriers, improving access to ID-trained PharmDs and providers, access to care/equity, health literacy, demonstrating relatability to patients (underserved or/and vulnerable populations)
        • Patient Impact: Illustrate how your interventions positively affected patients' lives.
            • E.g., Demonstrating relatability to patients (underserved or/and vulnerable populations)
        • Empowerment through Education: Share how you've educated communities on responsible antibiotic use.
            • E.g., Utilizing infographics, social media (YouTube/IG), podcast, healthcare booth at a fair to advocate for stewardship, engagement of students (shadowing/helping/creating materials at flu clinics, health fairs), Health Dept collaboration – collaborating to create radio ads, billboards, etc.

      Share your story HERE: Deadline April 30, 2024

      Join a "X (Twitter) Storm" & promote ID Pharmacists Day at your institution!

      • Join the X (Twitter) Storm on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2024 from 12-1PM EST to celebrate and spread the word about the fourth annual ID Pharmacists Day! 
        • Some X (Twitter) storm examples:
          • I fight for antibiotic stewardship because…
          • I joined the stewardship fight for…
          • I love being an ID Pharmacist because…
          • Community stewardship means..
          • Click here for “5 Ways Pharmacists can Be Antibiotics Aware”
          • I’ve committed to be an Antibiotic Guardian. You should too!
      • Use the hashtags: #IDPharmacistsDay, #SIDPAdvocacy, #JoinTheAMSFight
      • Invite others to join in by sharing their stories and favorite manuscripts                                                              including an ID pharmacist! 
      • Post photos of you celebrating ID Pharmacists Day!
      • Promote ID Pharmacists Day at your institution utilizing this flyer:

      Become an advocate!

      • ID Pharmacists promote the proper use of antimicrobials through effective antimicrobial stewardship strategies
      • ID Pharmacists play an essential role in optimizing drug therapy and are an important component of establishing a successful antimicrobial stewardship practice
      • Check-out the Antimicrobial Stewardship Advocacy Toolkit from SIDP here

      Below are some ways to become an advocate:
      • Commit to becoming an Antibiotic Guardian
      • Share your commitment on social media
      • Spread the word on the "5 Ways Pharmacists can be Antibiotics Aware" Click here

      2023 Winners

      ID pharmacists make a huge impact in underserved patient populations! #ReachingBeyond

      Congratulations to the #IDPharmacistsDay “Share Your Story” Contest Grand Prize Winner, Aleena Issac!

      Aleena Issac, PharmD: “Dr. Isaac went above and beyond during the COVID-19 pandemic by reaching beyond her traditional pharmacist role to help the Pathanamthitta community in Kerala, India. While usually exposed to patient situations involving medications and disease, she conveyed her community’s concerns regarding hunger, practicality of self-isolation, timely access to COVID-19 testing, and barriers to receiving primary care to government authorities. This experience helped her to fully understand her value in society and responsibility in caring for vulnerable and underserved patient populations in her hometown.”

      The “runner up” stories were submitted by Duaa Jawhar, Punit Shah, and Janet Wu.

      Duaa Jawhar, PharmD (@its_duaasalem): “We took initiative in launching the Antimicrobial Stewardship Team in a network of five hospitals, which helps in standardizing practice, sharing experience, benchmarking metrics, designing action plans, and improving patient care. We gained JCI accreditation as the largest hospital network in the Middle East.”

      Punit Shah, PharmD: “Dr. Shah implemented a robust antiretroviral stewardship program at his institution that led to a decrease in medication errors and improved transitions of care. His patients appreciate the time he dedicates to optimizing their care!

      Janet Wu, PharmD: “Dr. Wu has overcome obstacles, including achieving approval for a virtual, pharmacist-managed HIV PrEP clinic and advocating with the microbiology lab for the self-collection of gonorrhea/chlamydia tests in patients completing virtual PrEP appointments. Thank you, Janet!”

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