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The Need for Speed: Syndromic Panels to Improve the Management of Bloodstream Infections

  • Authors: Gonzalo Bearman, MD, MPH; Debra Goff, PharmD; Kimberly E. Hanson, MD, MHS
  • CME / ABIM MOC Released: 10/26/2023
  • Valid for credit through: 10/26/2024, 11:59 PM EST
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  • Credits Available

    Physicians - maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

    ABIM Diplomates - maximum of 1.00 ABIM MOC points

    You Are Eligible For

    • Letter of Completion
    • ABIM MOC points

Target Audience and Goal Statement

This activity is intended for infectious disease specialists, critical care specialists, emergency medicine physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, and other clinicians who diagnose and treat patients with bloodstream infections (BSIs).

The goal of this activity is for learners to be better able to manage BSIs by utilizing syndromic testing tools.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will:

  • Have increased knowledge regarding the
    • Characteristics of available syndromic panels for BSIs
  • Have greater competence related to
    • Using syndromic panels for the rapid identification of pathogens responsible for BSIs
    • Optimizing care strategies for patients with BSIs based on syndromic testing results
  • Demonstrate greater confidence in their ability to
    • Collaborate with the interprofessional care team to better optimize BSI management for patients


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  • Gonzalo Bearman, MD, MPH

    Richard P. Wenzel Professor of Medicine
    Chair of the Division of Infectious Diseases
    Virginia Commonwealth University
    Richmond, Virginia


    Gonzalo Bearman, MD, MPH, has no relevant financial relationships.

  • Debra Goff, PharmD

    Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Science
    Antibiotic Stewardship Program
    The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
    Columbus, Ohio


    Debra Goff, PharmD, has the following relevant financial relationships:
    Consultant or advisor for: Ferring Pharmaceuticals
    Research funding from: Merck & Co., Inc.

  • Kimberly E. Hanson, MD, MHS

    Professor of Internal Medicine and Pathology
    University of Utah
    Section Chief of Clinical Microbiology
    Medical Director of Mycology
    ARUP Laboratories
    Salt Lake City, Utah


    Kimberly E. Hanson, MD, MHS, has no relevant financial relationships.


  • Maria B. Uravich, BSc, ELS

    Senior Medical Education Director, Medscape, LLC


    Maria B. Uravich, BSc, ELS, has no relevant financial relationships.

Compliance Reviewer

  • Leigh Schmidt, MSN, RN, CNE, CHCP

    Associate Director, Accreditation and Compliance, Medscape, LLC


    Leigh Schmidt, MSN, RN, CNE, CHCP, has no relevant financial relationships.

Peer Reviewer

This activity has been peer reviewed and the reviewer has no relevant financial relationships.

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The Need for Speed: Syndromic Panels to Improve the Management of Bloodstream Infections

Authors: Gonzalo Bearman, MD, MPH; Debra Goff, PharmD; Kimberly E. Hanson, MD, MHSFaculty and Disclosures

CME / ABIM MOC Released: 10/26/2023

Valid for credit through: 10/26/2024, 11:59 PM EST


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