Chapter 1

An introduction to antimicrobials

In this chapter, you’ll learn some general principles of antimicrobial stewardship designed to minimize the problem of antimicrobial resistance and adverse effects.
6 Lessons (23m 49s), 1 Quiz
Chapter 2


Master the major classes of antibacterial agents. You’ll cover basic mechanisms of action, principal uses, important side effects, and also cover the newer gram-positive drugs.
  • Administering penicillins
  • Considering beta-lactamase inhibitors
  • Employing cephalosporins
  • Using carbapenems and monobactams
  • Administering fluoroquinolones
  • Working with aminoglycosides
  • Administering vancomycin
  • Utilizing macrolides and clindamycin
  • Targeting multidrug-resistant gram-positive organisms
  • Treating with colistin
  • Employing nitroimidazoles
  • Administering rifamycins
  • Using tetracyclines
  • Combining sulfonamides and trimethoprim
  • BONUS INTERVIEW: Why Shakespeare is responsible for histoplasmosis in the US.
  • Antibiotics quiz
16 Lessons (1h 00m 52s), 1 Quiz
Chapter 3


Learn how to deal with fungi. In this chapter, you’ll learn the basic mechanisms of action, principal uses, and important side effects of common antifungal agents.
  • Treating with echinocandins
  • Administering azoles
  • Employing polyenes
  • Using terbinafine
  • Considering flucytosine
  • BONUS INTERVIEW: A leucemic patient with fever.
  • Antifungals quiz
7 Lessons (14m 59s), 1 Quiz
Chapter 4


Here, the main focus will be on influenza and other viruses. You’ll cover neuraminidase inhibitors and chain terminators for treating influenza, herpes, and cytomegalovirus infections.
  • Administering anti-influenza medications
  • Considering other antivirals
  • BONUS INTERVIEW: Going all in for your patient.
  • Antivirals quiz
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship Essentials outro
5 Lessons (17m 15s), 1 Quiz