Activity information

The certificate of this course includes 4 CME credits. To complete the course you need to pass all quizzes. Only participants with an active Pro Membership will be able to claim CME. If you want to claim CME too, please upgrade to a Pro Membership.

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of CME Consultants and Medmastery GmbH. CME Consultants is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement

CME Consultants designates this online enduring material activity for a maximum of 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Desired Outcomes

  1. Identify the proper choice of anti-infective agent in various clinical settings.
  2. Master our step-by-step approach, which leads you from symptom presentation through to diagnosis and treatment.
  3. Rationalize antibiotic treatment duration for various infectious disease situations.
  4. Recognize the most common hospital- and healthcare-associated infections, summarize their pathogenesis, and outline an approach to diagnosis and treatment.
  5. Outline the use of the laboratory in the diagnosis of common viral, bacterial, fungal, and parasitic diseases.
  6. Define sepsis and summarize the principles of management.
  7. Identify and treat common infections of the respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract and abdomen, urogenital system, central nervous system, bones, joints, and skin.
  8. Choose an appropriate empirical antimicrobial regimen for life-threatening infections of the respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract and abdomen, urogenital system, central nervous system, skin and soft tissues, and bloodstream.
  9. Identify and treat life-threatening systemic diseases such as tuberculosis, Lyme disease, and endocarditis.

Target Audience

This activity is geared to meet the educational requirements of Internists, Internal Medicine Residents, Internal Medicine Subspecialists—i.e., Cardiologists, Pulmonologists and Critical Care Specialists, Nephrologists, Gastroenterologists, Rheumatologists and Immunologists, Hematology-Oncology Specialists, Endocrinologists, etc., Emergency Medicine Physicians, Family Medicine Physicians, Pediatricians, Physician Assistants, and Clinical Nurse Practitioners.

Core Competencies

This activity encompasses the following desirable physician attributes: Patient Care & Procedural Skills, Medical Knowledge, Practice-Based Learning & Improvement, and Systems-Based Practice.


The presentational method for this activity is Lecture.

Disclosure Statements

Commercial Support

There is no commercial support for this activity.


The planners of this activity have nothing to disclose.


John F. Fisher, MD, MACP, FIDSA has nothing to disclose. The course content has been peer-reviewed for content validity and found to be evidenced-based, fair, balanced, and free from commercial bias.

Release Date

This activity was originally released for credit on August 26, 2019.

Review Date

This activity was reviewed on August 11, 2021.

Termination Date

This activity is valid for credit through August 26, 2023.