ESCMID Postgraduate Education Course - Antimicrobial stewardship and infection prevention and control

Dear colleagues,

with great pleasure we would like to inform you that an hybrid, 3-day advanced ESCMID Postgraduate Education Course on Antimicrobial Stewardship and Infection Prevention and Control will take place in Crete (Heraklion), Greece from 17 to 19 November 2023.The organizers, hoping to meet the expectations of the participants, have made every possible effort to draw up a high- level scientific program with a wide range of the latest scientific developments in the field.

The aim of this 3-day advanced ESCMID postgraduate educational course on Antimicrobial Stewardship and Infection Prevention and Control is to improve the understanding of appropriate antimicrobial use among doctors, hospital pharmacists and other healthcare providers, and to optimize the efforts to achieve maximal control of infections emerging and spread, especially regarding infections caused by multidrug-resistant organisms.

More specifically, topics related to appropriate dosing and route of administration of antimicrobials, newer antimicrobials for multidrug-resistant pathogens, and combination of antimicrobials and their ideal use for medical and surgical prophylaxis will be addressed in this course. Furthermore, the role of antimicrobial stewardship in COVID-19 and in zoonoses and the use of non-antibiotic therapies to combat bacterial infections will be discussed.

The ESCMID advanced course on IPC provides the students with an update on topic -specific Infection control and prevention both in the health care settings and in the community. The educational aims target blooming issues in this field to deepen the students' knowledge, expertise and confidence in the complex and dynamic field of IPC in different environments of care, vaccination prevention, preparedness for emerging threats, unresolved issues and innovative technologies used. Moreover, the participants will trace infection control through quality of care, patient safety and behavior change aspects.

Course Program


  • School of Medicine, University of Crete, Greece Prefecture of the region of Heraklion, Crete, Greece
  • School of Medicine, European University of Cyprus, Cyprus
  • Hellenic Society of Infection Control (EEEL), Athens, Greece
  • Center of Clinical Epidemiology and Outcomes Research (CLEO), Athens, Greece
  • Agency for Quality Assurance in Health (ODIPY), Athens, Greece

Diamantis Kofteridis
Professor of Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases University of Crete, Greece

Angeliki Karaiskou
President of Hellenic Society for Infection Control (EEEL), Director of Patient Safety and Risk Management in Healthcare Settings, ODIPY, Athens, Greece

Zoi Dorothea Pana
Assist. Professor of Pediatrics, Specialized in Infection Control, Prevention and Antimicrobial Stewardship, EUC, Nicosia, Cyprus