The Decennial 2020 conference provides the opportunity to set the agenda for the next decade of research and science in healthcare epidemiology and prevention of antimicrobial resistance, to highlight strategies that effectively translate this knowledge into practice, and to promote collaborations that transcend specific healthcare settings, professions, and geographic borders.

Target Audience

This conference is designed for physicians, infection preventionists, healthcare epidemiologists, infectious disease specialists, microbiologists, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals interested in healthcare epidemiology, antibiotic resistance, infection prevention, surveillance, research methods, patient safety, environment issues, and quality improvement.

Learning Objectives:

  • Share international and domestic perspectives and strategies for prevention of healthcare-associated infections (HAI) and spread of antimicrobial resistance
  • Review new scientific evidence in the following areas:
    • HAI and pathogens: description, etiologies, preventability
    • Prevention of antimicrobial resistance (AR) and methods to optimize antimicrobial stewardship
    • Surveillance strategies, innovative methods, technologies, and pitfalls
    • Prevention and control strategies across a variety of healthcare settings
    • Advances in laboratory diagnostic technologies
    • Prevention of HAI and AR in immunocompromised, high risk, and unique patient populations
    • Environmental transmission prevention strategies and challenges
    • Innovative methods that use artificial intelligence techniques, including machine learning, to utilize large data repositories
    • Innovative methods that use molecular techniques including whole genome sequencing and metagenomics to enhance epidemiologic analyses
  • Discuss innovative methods to translate research and apply epidemiologic, organizational behavior and implementation principles in acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities, and other healthcare settings.
  • Review and promote more effective detection, surveillance, and prevention strategies in non-acute healthcare settings.
  • Identify evolving public policy developments and their impact on HAI prevention
  • Discuss lessons learned and future domestic and global response strategies for safe care of patients with new and emerging infectious diseases
  • Define the international healthcare epidemiology and antimicrobial resistance research agenda for the coming decade

Accreditation Statements

The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Physicians: The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America designates this live activity for up to 28 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™, the core conference session are designated for 22 credit hours and the pre-conference workshops are up to an additional 6 credit hours.

ABIM MOC: All CME accredited sessions are also available for all attendees to earn American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Points.

ABP MOC – Most CME accredited sessions will also be available for attendees to earn American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Points.

Nurses: This activity will be submitted to the Virginia Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. The Virginia Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Pharmacy Credits: The continuing education activities for pharmacists will be developed through a joint providership of ProCE, Inc. and SHEA. ProCE is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education (CPE). Participants attending the conference CPE activities may earn contact hours of CPE credit.