CPE Speaker Series

Disruptive Innovation to Address Antimicrobial Resistance:  Is Antimicrobial Stewardship Ready for Community Pharmacists?

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is an urgent and growing threat to healthcare and humanity.  Antimicrobial stewardship is one key pillar that can be used to reduce the risk of antimicrobial resistance.  Antimicrobial stewardship has been an evolving discipline since the early 1980’s. Although energized with more structure and resources of the past decade, the majority of antimicrobial stewardship evidence and practice has come from the hospital setting.  This needs to change.  More than 90% of all human antimicrobial use occurs in the community, with much of this being inappropriate or unnecessary.  Without addressing all aspects of antimicrobial use, the threat of antimicrobial resistance will be difficult to mitigate.



Mark McIntyre, Pharm.D, ACPR, R.Ph

Mark has been passionate about the role of antimicrobials in history, society and healthcare since pharmacy school. Prior to coming to Canada, Mark received his doctorate of pharmacy from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University in the great garden state of New Jersey. After immigrating to Canada, he practiced in community pharmacy in southwestern Ontario, and went on to complete his general practice pharmacy residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.  After finishing residency, Mark worked at Mount Sinai Hospital and at the University Health Network in the areas of emergency/critical care, antimicrobial stewardship and infectious disease. He has worked on areas of policy and regulatory change as a member of the Health Quality Ontario QBP expert panels on CAP and COPD and most recently as a part of the OCP Minor Ailments Advisory Group. An avid Dad, cyclist and nature lover, he is currently a pharmacotherapy specialist in antimicrobial stewardship at the University Health Network in Toronto, and co-coordinator of the Introduction to Antimicrobial Stewardship elective and Pharmacotherapy 4: Infectious Disease courses at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy. His research interests include behavior change in antimicrobial stewardship, the social and contextual factors of antimicrobial prescribing decision making, and systems-level optimization of surgical antimicrobial prescribing. 



Nathan Beahm completed his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy at the University of Saskatchewan and Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Alberta. He then completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in pharmacy practice research with the EPICORE Centre at the University of Alberta. Currently, he is an Assistant Clinical Professor with the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Alberta. As part of his role at the Faculty, Nathan has a part-time clinical practice at the Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy (OPAT) clinic located at the Kaye Edmonton Clinic. A primary focus of his teaching and research is in the areas of infectious diseases and antimicrobial stewardship and a particular interest of his is in utilizing pharmacists to optimize antimicrobial usage and patient care, particularly in the outpatient setting.


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