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Understanding Antimicrobial Resistance

A Global Public Health Initiative

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Antibiotic and antimicrobial resistance is a critical issue to public health systems worldwide. Because of it, infections that were once easily treated with antibiotics are becoming more dangerous, causing treatment failure, prolonged suffering, or even death. The International College of Dentists formed a partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Be Antibiotics Aware program. The mission of this partnership is to disseminate critical information on antibiotic resistance and appropriate antibiotic use to ICD Fellows globally. 

The ICD’s mission is to make available information from the CDC and the World Health Organization, to assist Fellows globally in understanding the critical importance of the antibiotic and antimicrobial resistance, as well as appropriate use and over-prescribing issues facing the world today.


This video presentation provides a basic understanding of the critical worldwide importance of Antibiotic Resistance,  focusing on how it impacts dentistry.  The package includes introduction, handouts and study questions as well as a post-test. 

Viewers may complete a knowledge test after watching the video to receive 1 hour of CE credit. WATCH VIDEO HERE







The program is maintained by ICD Fellow Team Members Dr. Christine Benoit, Dr. Sam Zwetchkenbaum and Dr. Raghu Puttaiah. In addition, the CDC’s Office of Antibiotic Stewardship provides as-needed technical assistance. 
ICD Sections, Regions and Fellows are invited to participate in this College initiative by providing program opportunities and distributing information, using their own resources and communications. The ICD Global Visionary Fund may be a source for financial support.