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Join us for Hospital-Acquired Infections & Antimicrobial Resistance, a Regional Course for Latin America. 

This course is brought to you through a joint effort of the American Society for Microbiology, the Society of Worldwide Medical Exchange and the Cátedra de Enfermedades Infecciosas, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de la República, Uruguay.

This will be a two-month interactive online course focused on clinical practice

Launch Event: July 25, 2014
Online Coursework: July 25 - September 15, 2014 

The course will consist of approximately 26 study hours. 

Course Overview

This interactive online course will offer study materials specifically designed for the activity, including articles, video-lectures, and clinical cases as well as individual and group work.

The course will be bilingual in Spanish and Portuguese. The flexibility of the online program will enable participants to access the course from anywhere at any time!


Scientific Committee:

Julio Medina
Graciela Pérez Sartori
Lúcia Teixeira 

International Experts:

Rafael Cantón (Spain)
Denise Cardo (USA)
Jesús Rodríguez-Baño (Spain)

Special Guest:

Pilar Ramón Pardo (OPS)

Latin America Experts:

Henry Albornoz (Uruguay)
Celia Alpuche (Mexico)
Elizabeth de Andrade Marques (Brazil)
Zaida Arteta (Uruguay)
Pola Brenner (Chile)
Marcelo Galas (Argentina)
Ana Gales (Brazil)
Fabio Grill (Uruguay)
Silvia Guerra (Uruguay)
Jaime Labarca (Chile)
Anna Sara Levin (Brazil)
Gabriel Levy Hara (Argentina)
Beatriz Meurer Moreira (Brazil)
Julio Medina (Uruguay)
Daniela Paciel (Uruguay)
Graciela Pérez Sartori (Uruguay)
Regina Maria Pilotto Domingues (Brazil)
Rodolfo Quirós (Argentina)
Verónica Seija (Uruguay)
Lúcia Teixeira (Brazil)
Rafael Vignoli (Uruguay)

National Advisors:

Lorena Abadía Patiño (Venezuela)
Silvia Figueiredo Costa (Brazil)
Coralith García (Peru)
Gabriel Levy Hara (Argentina)
Carlos Meijía Villatoro (Guatemala)
Juana Ortellado (Paraguay)
Eduardo Savio Larriera (Uruguay)
Silvio Vega (Panama)


  • Current threats of the main antimicrobial resistances: local and global epidemiological aspects
  • Resistance mechanisms
  • Diagnostic approaches in the laboratory: detection methods and interpretation of results 
  • Rational use of antimicrobial agents
  • Prevention and surveillance measures
  • Isolation and hygiene measures 
  • Outbreak controls 
  • Clinical management and new treatments 

There will be a cross-sectional approach of course topics in the study of the following microorganisms: Clostridium difficile, infections caused by extended spectrum beta-lactamase producing Gram-negative bacilli (ESBL-GNB), Acinetobacter, carbapenemase producing enterobaceria, vancomycin resistant Enterococcus (VRE) and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

Aim of the Course

To give comprehensive training on hospital-acquired infections which offers healthcare professionals the necessary tools for its clinical management, prevention and control.

Specific aims:

  • Describe the epidemiology and pathogenic and resistance mechanisms of microorganisms which are a problem in Latin America
  • Describe diagnostic tools, taking and managing of samples
  • Design optimal antimicrobial treatments, taking care of the ecology as well
  • Elaborate hospital-acquired infection prevention strategies


This course will have a high impact in professional practice, therefore contents shall be treated through discussion and resolution of clinical cases, in groups and individually.

It shall include study materialsand activities which were specifically designed for this course, including:

  • Articles
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Videoconferences
  • Group discussion forums 
  • Interactive simulators of clinical cases 

Its online modality is asynchronous, so it will be possible for participants to have access to the materials and perform the activities anywhere and at any time. 

Target Audience

Latin America

  • Infectious disease physicians
  • Intensive care physicians 
  • Microbiologists
  • Bacteriologists
  • Intensive care nurses
  • Members of hospital infection control committees 
  • Members of antimicrobial advisory committees 
  • Other health care professions related to this topic 

Registration Fees 

$100 USD for Physicians 
$75 USD for Residents, Students, Nurses, and other non-physicians 

For more information, contact an SWME advisor at 305.407.9222 or info@worldwidemedicalexchange.org