New Developments in C. difficile Infection

Activity ID Released Expires
2369 November 14, 2016 November 14, 2019


Clostridium difficile is now the top cause of healthcare acquired infections in the US. There are new developments in the fight against this epidemic: new practice guidelines, new antibiotics, and new tools. Regional multidisciplinary collaboratives and antibiotic stewardship strategies have had some successes in reducing the incidence of C. difficile. Clinicians can benefit from this overview of evidence-based guidelines, new tools, and prescribing alternatives for their patients.

Diplomate Engagement

Correct answers to the post-test, Comparative performance to peers, Recommended literature or other resources (presentations, audio/video, checklists, etc.), Post-activity follow up

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MOC Part II CME Activity

  • Family Medicine
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Urology

NOTE: If a Member Board has not deemed this activity for MOC approval as an accredited CME activity, this activity may count toward an ABMS Member Board’s general CME requirement. Please refer directly to your Member Board’s MOC Part II Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment Program Requirements.


  1. Describe the relationship of C. difficile infection to antibiotic prescribing
  2. Access and define the current recommendations of the CDC, the IDSA, or your professional society on preventing C. difficile
  3. Participate in a multidisciplinary collaborative to reduce C. difficile in your institution or region, or bring the concept to your institution
  4. Explain several new strategies in the battle against C difficule


  • Clostridium, Difficile, Infection, C. difficile, C. diff, Antibiotic, CDI, Collaborative, Stewardship, Prescribing


  • Medical
    • Family Medicine
    • Nuclear Medicine
    • Thoracic Surgery
    • Urology


  • Interpersonal & Communication Skills
    • Perform in/Lead team
  • Interprofessional Collaboration
    • Engage interprofessionally
  • Knowledge for Practice
    • Clinical problem solving
  • Patient Care
    • Compassionate/appropriate care
    • Promote health prevention
  • Practice-based Learning & Improvement
    • Support practice improvement
    • Utilize evidence-based med
  • Professionalism
    • Exhibit accountability to all
  • Systems-based Practice
    • Advocate for quality outcomes
    • Coordinate care within system

Professional Interest

  • Cognition, Human Learning & Problem Solving
  • Community Health
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Population Health
  • Quality Improvement

Intended Audience

  • Administration
    • Hospital
  • Practicing Health Professional
    • Nurse
    • Physician
    • Physician Assistant


  • Continuing Education
    • CME Activity
      • AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
    • Maintenance of Certification (MOC)
      • ABMS MOC Part II CME Activity
        • Family Medicine
        • Nuclear Medicine
        • Thoracic Surgery
        • Urology

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