Antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs) are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization and mandated by the Joint Commission to curb antimicrobial resistance. However, <50% of institutions have optimal ASPs in place. Building on its experience of antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) advocacy, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) developed the AMS Centers of Excellence (CoE) program, which will serve as a conduit to share best practices and highlight the standards for other hospitals to achieve in order to advance the field of AMS. A designation of CoE signifies that these institutions deliver high-quality care consistently, serve as the "gold" standard for executing novel AMS principles, and demonstrate commitment to their ASP. Here, we describe the process and purpose of designating institutions as AMS CoEs, provide awareness to clinicians on opportunities available through IDSA with this CoE designation, and discuss the evolution of the program.
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