Monday, Nov 4, 2019 marks the worldwide launch of “The Role of Diagnostics in the AMR Response,” a massive open online course (MOOC) developed by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, in partnership with Becton Dickinson and Company. This is a free 6-week multimedia course that focuses on the global crisis of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and how diagnostics can be a significant part of the solution. The course only takes about 2 hours per week to complete.
Join the fight against one of the greatest challenges facing public health in the 21st century. Be part of the solution, inform yourself about the global crisis of AMR and get involved.
To sign up, please follow this link: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/role-of-diagnostics-in-the-amr-response/1
Why is AMR so Dangerous?
Years of unrestricted use of antibiotics and other microbial medicines have created ticking time bomb, Antimicrobial resistance, or AMR, that threatens all of modern medicine. Without effective antibiotics, routine surgery, childbirth and cancer and diabetes therapy will become high risk. AMR currently kills 70,000 patients a year. By 2050 that figure will become 10 million. Resistant infections require more expensive drugs, long stays in hospitals and will push another 28 million people into poverty.
Did You Know…
Every year in the United States 40 million patients are prescribed antibiotics for respiratory infections but only 13 million of those patients actually need them. Without proper diagnostic tools and better education overuse of antibiotics will continue and antimicrobial resistance will grow killing millions.
How Does The MOOC Work?
MOOCs are designed for adult learning and free of charge to anyone who has internet access. This is as a 6-week course that requires 2-4 hours of learning per week. Our course is developed with faculty from all over the world. The MOOC answers the question of what is AMR, how is it caused, and the role diagnostics can play in the fight against AMR. We use a wide range of online media such as video and audio lectures, articles, animations and case studies from more than 25 countries and across a variety of clinical and laboratory settings. Learners will also benefit from an interactive discussion forum where they can share their experience with learners around the world and pose questions to experts.
“The internet and modern learning tools like MOOCs allow us to reach people in every corner of the world in a way we were never able to before. That ability to reach a global audience is the key to stopping AMR before it’s too late and we lose our ability to control infections”.
– Professor Rosanna Peeling, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Make it Part of Your Career Development
There is no cost to participate in this MOOC, but learners who would like to receive a Certificate of Achievement must complete 90% of the course, score 70% or better on the final quiz, and pay £42 (~ CAD 70) to FutureLearn, the company which hosts the MOOC. The certificates will be issued by LSHTM.
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