MARR Healthcare Provider Education Program

Antibiotics in the Treatment of Upper Respiratory Tract Infections

This free webinar was developed by the MARR Coalition and Wayne State University School of Medicine to promote appropriate management of upper respiratory infections.

Specifically designed for Michigan primary care practitioners, including physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners, the presentation includes information about antibiotic resistance, treatment guidelines for upper respiratory infections (URIs), and strategies to improve patient satisfaction when antibiotics are requested but not necessary for the treatment of the illness. It also provides useful advice on how to establish effective practice protocols that improve patient outcomes by setting reasonable expectations for URI treatment and management.

Upon completion, participants in this program will

  • Understand the emergence, selection and dissemination of various types of bacterial resistance to antibiotics and appreciate the clinical impact of this issue
  • Understand the clinical features, diagnosis and practice guidelines for treatment of common cold, pharyngitis, sinusitis, acute bronchitis, influenza infection and otitis media
  • Understand and incorporate into practice a model for enhanced communication with patients in discussing the diagnosis and treatment for upper respiratory infections, which do not require antibiotics
  • Develop a cadre of communication tools that enhance the patient/clinician relationship, while adhering to recommended practice guidelines and maintaining efficient use of time

The program is conveniently divided into three, one-hour modules:

Antibiotic Resistance of Streptococcus Pneumoniae and its Clinical Impact, presented by: Stephen Lerner, MD, Wayne State University


Guidelines for the Treatment of Upper Respiratory Tract Infections, presented by: Mohamad Fakih, MD, St. John Health System


Truth With Satisfaction, presented by: Marla Rowe Gorosh, MD, Henry Ford Health System