AFP CME Twitter Chat: Antibiotic Overuse


Join American Family Physician and your family medicine peers in a Twitter chat Sunday July 9 for a lively opportunity to earn 4 CME credits – FREE.

Time: 7 p.m. Eastern/6 p.m. Central/5 p.m. Mountain/4 p.m. Pacific
We will be discussing a topic that has become a top priority for the medical community—reducing antibiotic overuse.

Along with our expert hosts Kenny Lin, MD, MPH, and Jennifer Middleton, MD, MPH, participants will take an up-close look at the most effective strategies and tools for curbing prescribing of unnecessary antibiotics. Using the hashtag #afpcme, share tips about implementing evidence-based recommendations in practice, learn what’s worked for others, and get engaged in a growing campaign against the harmful effects of too much medicine.

One Chat. Three Articles. Four Credits. Learn More

What is the topic of the chat?

This chat will explore antibiotic overuse and strategies to reduce it. Discussion will center around three concise, evidence-based articles published in American Family Physician.

Part of the requirement to earn CME credit for the chat includes reading the three articles linked below in preparation for the event. We have also made these articles available for download in a free, open-access PDF packet(772 KB PDF).

How to Prescribe Fewer Unnecessary Antibiotics: Talking Points That Work with Patients and Their Families | Editorial

Interventions to Improve Antibiotic Prescribing for Uncomplicated Acute RTIs | AHRQ

Interventions to Facilitate Shared Decision Making to Address Antibiotic Use for Acute Respiratory Tract Infections in Primary Care | Cochrane for Clinicians

Here are just a few possible areas these articles open up for exploration:

  • Shared decision-making interventions
  • Choosing Wisely recommendations
  • Tools for upper respiratory infection diagnosis
  • Patient satisfaction
  • Behavioral economics

Who can participate?

This chat is a public health party. We welcome all clinicians to join.

How do I register?

Register with us by sending a simple email with “AFP Twitter Chat” in the subject line to saying you’ll be there on Twitter with us July 9, 2017. Include your name, Twitter handle, and AAFP member ID or subscriber number (if appropriate) in the message.

How do I join a Twitter chat?

If you don’t already have a Twitter account, sign up for one here: It’s free.

For the chat itself, log in to your account before the chat starts and search the hashtag #afpcme using the search bar on the upper right. Sort the results by “Latest” to see the stream of tweets that include this hashtag in real time.

Twitter chats are organized by Q & A discussion. Throughout the hour-long chat, Drs. Lin and Middleton will tweet out questions using the hashtag #afpcme. Each question will have a label such as Q1, Q2, Q3, etc.

You can reply to any question or ask another one in response, just be sure to use the hashtag #afpcme when you do so that other participants will see your tweet. It is also helpful to signal which question is your jumping off point by starting your tweet with an A for answer and adding the number that matches that of the question (for example, A1 is sent in response to Q1, A2 to Q2, etc.).

How do I claim CME credit for participating in the chat?

After the chat, we will send registered participants an email with a link to the post-activity assessment and instructions for claiming CME credit.

What if I have more questions?

Questions can be tweeted to us @AFPJournal(, or emailed to

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CME Credit Statements

This Blended Learning activity, AFP CME Twitter Chat: Antibiotic Overuse, has been reviewed by the American Academy of Family Physicians and has a term of 05/15/2017 - 07/09/2017. This activity is acceptable for up to 4.00 Prescribed credit(s); the total amount of credit consists of 1.00 Live Prescribed credits and 3.00 Medical Journal credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The AAFP is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Academy of Family Physicians designates this Live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Academy of Family Physicians designates each eligible article in this journal-based activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CME activities approved for AAFP credit are recognized by the AOA as equivalent to AOA Category 2 credit.

Please review our terms of use for the AFP website for guidance on posting during the chat.