Infectious Diseases 101

Goal:  Apply your knowledge of clinical infectious diseases to develop a
strategic approach to antibiotic use in caring for both outpatients and inpatients




  1. Define the concepts of bacteriostatic, bacteriocidal, MIC, and MBC
  2. Define the classes of antibiotics and know some specific antibiotics within each class
  3. Define the classes of organisms that are commonly associated with the following organ systems: HEENT, Pulmonary, Cardiac, Abdomen, Lymph Node, Skin, Bone, Genitourinary
  4. List reasons why a particular antibiotic regimen may fail
  5. Define the concept of antibiotic synergy
  6. Identify infectious diseases that are potentially life threatening


  1. Integrate your knowledge of common organisms associated with clinical disease with an appropriate antibiotic regimen for a given patient
  2. Begin to anticipate the need for inpatient versus outpatient management of infectious diseases and the appropriate dose and duration of antibiotic therapy
  3. Anticipate which patients will need surgical intervention to effect cure in certain infectious diseases


  1. Recognize that IV antibiotics can be administered at home, but the psychosocial impact on structuring this care can be enormous


References :

  1. Liu, Chien “An Overview of Antimicrobial Therapy” Comprehensive Therapy, 1992, 18 (11)