“Antibiotic Therapy in Practice”: (successful) course review and details about the 2017 edition

By Miquel Ekkelenkamp


From November 10th to 12th, in the heart of sunny Madrid, 55 international participants attended the second ESGAP-sponsored course “Antibiotic Therapy in Practice”. The course was organized from the University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands, and included faculty from France, Spain, Belgium, Germany and The Netherlands. Most participants (coming from 11 countries) were specialists or residents in internal medicine, intensive care medicine or microbiology (in that order), but also pneumologists and a surgeon attended.


In a packed two-and-a-half day program, the participants learned about:

  • the main antibiotic classes
  • the main infectious syndromes encountered in the hospital
  • and how to combine knowledge of the two for a rational use of antibiotics.


During the classes and at the end of every day, participants had to practice their acquired knowledge and insight with test questions and interactive cases.


Although the course was intensive, it did leave room for a social program. On the second day of the course, the whole group experienced an evening of Spanish gastronomy and oenology as a walking dinner at Martinete restaurant.


The course was generally enthousiastically received, and was awarded an average grade of 8.5/10 by the participants.


The third edition of the course is planned for November 2nd to 4th, 2017, in Madrid. This next edition will be an ESCMID/ESGAP/TAE postgraduate education course, which will provide a number of attendance grants. In order to allow for maximal interaction with the faculty, the maximum number of registrations will remain at 56, and the participants will be split into two groups for the majority of the classes. For more information, please check www.antibioticscourse.com, where the new course will be announced shortly.


We are very much looking forward to seeing you in Madrid next year!


Miquel Ekkelenkamp, the “Antibiotic Therapy in Practice” course director is medical microbiologist based at the UMC, Utrecht, Netherlands. He is ESGAP member and novelist.

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