The PIDS Pediatric Committee on Antimicrobial Stewardship (PCAS) supports best practices for developing, monitoring, and implementing ASPs in institutions caring for children. PCAS’ annual charges and goals include:

(1) Maintaining an up-to-date ASP Toolkit on the PIDS website to provide helpful resources for improving the use of antibiotics in children cared for in all healthcare settings. In January 2019 PCAS collaborated with AAP and Healthcare without Harm to develop the Pediatric Antibiotic Stewardship Program Toolkit, housed on the PIDS website. Given how rapidly the field of antimicrobial stewardship advances, PCAS is ensuring the Toolkit remains up-to-date and relevant by revising it annually. We anticipate the updated content being published in the upcoming 1-2 months.

(2) Developing educational curricula in pediatric antimicrobial stewardship for trainees. Leveraging our network of pediatric antimicrobial stewardship experts each involved in educating trainees locally, PCAS has compiled a collection of educational resources for sharing with one another. These are currently being housed on a shared drive, and PCAS will be working in the upcoming months to develop a system to curate and more widely disseminate these resources.

(3) Supporting trainees performing research in antimicrobial stewardship through the ASP Fellowship Award. While the 11th Annual Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship Conference, hosted by Washington University in St. Louis Department of Pediatrics, PIDS, and SIDP, unfortunately had to be canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, PCAS was very excited to have awarded three outstanding research trainees– Leila Posch, Rachel Ross, and Maria Susana Rueda – with the PIDS ASP Fellowship Award, and we are excited to have them present their research at next year’s conference.

(4) Advocating for better overall leadership and coordination of US and global activities related to combating antibiotic resistance, including strengthened funding, data collection, and enhanced surveillance, prevention and control. For example, PCAS has supported PIDS’ signing on to letters supporting Antibiotic Resistance Funding and Appropriations, in support of the DISARM Act, among others.

We are also excited to learn from members of our committee who work in low to middle resource settings about specific challenges faced in implementing antimicrobial stewardship programs in these settings and innovative educational initiatives they have used. We look forward to building a global network of pediatric antimicrobial stewards to continue to learn from one another.

Dr. Jason Newland has served as the Chair of PCAS since the Committee was developed in 2010. Under Dr. Newland’s leadership, PCAS grew as a forum for experts in pediatric antibiotic stewardship to collaborate and learn from one another. Dr. Newland established the Annual Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship Conference which has built a community of pediatric antibiotic stewards, most recently bringing together more than two hundred participants to share expertise and research. This summer, PCAS welcomes new members, thanks its former members who have completed serving their term on the Committee, and will be transitioning leadership with Dr. Rana Hamdy taking on the role of Committee Chair and Dr. Alison Tribble taking on the role of Vice Chair.

Welcome New MembersThank you to members rotating off
Lourdes Eguiguren, MD
Torsten Joerger, MD
Sophie Katz, MD
Michelle Kussin, PharmD
Sarah Rivera Molina, MD
Patricia Pichilingue-Reto, MD
Tracy Zembles, PharmD
Jeffrey Gerber MD, PhD
Carol Glaser, MD
David Hyun, MD
Holly Maples, PharmD
Debra Palazzi, MD
Pranita Tamma, MD, MHS