Episode Summary

Antimicrobial resistance is a priority public health problem with complex roots and connotations. However, due to a lack of focus on this topic, research training programs, specifically those focused on AMR are limited. Additionally, scientific meetings that particularly highlight the science of antimicrobial resistance are scarce. We recently published a commentary that evaluates the state-of-the-art of the training programs in AMR in the US. We discuss this topic with the leading author and discussed the issue with leaders in the field.

Topics discussed:

  • The challenges that training in AMR poses and how to approach them.
  • The current status of training programs in the USA
  • Specific strategies that could improve the access and dissemination of AMR research


  • William M Shafer, PhD,  Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology; Director
    Antimicrobial Resistance and Therapeutic Discovery Training Program.
  • Lee H. Harrison, M.D. Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Associate chief of epidemiology and education Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Director University of Pittsburgh Antimicrobial Resistance T32 Program


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