Available Until 10/26/2023

Vancomycin Monitoring: The ABCs of AUCs

ACPE Activity Number: 0204-0000-20-041-H01-P
Release Date: November 20, 2020
Expiration Date: October 26, 2023
Activity Type: Knowledge-based  
CE Credits: 1.0 hour, no partial credit
Activity Fee: Members – Free / Non-Member – Free

 This activity is a recording from a live webinar and those that claim credit for the live webinar should not claim credit for this activity.

Activity Overview

The 2020 revisions to the ASHP/IDSA/SIDP/PIDS therapeutic monitoring for serious methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections encourages use of the Bayesian method as an approach to monitor in order to optimize vancomycin therapy while minimizing toxicity. This represents a significant change in practice and may have many wondering just what the Bayesian method is. Join us for a webinar to discuss the basics of the Bayesian method and for suggestions for how to implement it in your practice.


The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

Target Audience

This continuing pharmacy education activity is designed for pharmacists responsible for the therapeutic monitoring
of vancomycin.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss alternate approaches to calculation of the Vancomycin Area Under the Curve (AUC).
  • Explain the rationale for using the Bayesian method for the therapeutic monitoring of serious methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections.
  • Identify steps for transitioning from a monitoring approach using area under the curve over 24 hours to minimum inhibitory concentration estimates to the Bayesian method.

Schedule of Activities

  • Introduction and Announcements
  • Presentation
  • Questions, Answers, and Discussion


  • Michael J. Rybak, Pharm.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacy & Medicine, Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
  • Amit Pai, Pharm.D., Chair, Dept. of Clinical Pharmacy, University of Michigan College of Pharmacy, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Anna Legreid Dopp, Pharm.D., Senior Director, Clinical Guidelines and Quality Improvement, ASHP, Bethesda, MD


In accordance with the ACPE's and ACCME's Standards for Commercial Support, anyone in a position to control the content of an educational activity is required to disclose to the accredited provider their relevant financial relationships. In accordance with these Standards, all potential conflicts of interest have been resolved. An individual has a relevant financial relationship if he or she (or spouse/domestic partner) has a financial relationship in any amount occurring in the last 12 months with a commercial interest whose products or services are discussed in the activity content over which the individual has control.

As defined by ACCME, a commercial interest is any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. The Standards for Commercial Support do not consider providers of clinical service directly to patients to be commercial interests. The existence or non-existence of relevant financial relationships will be disclosed to the activity audience. All identified conflicts of interest must be resolved prior to the activity.

  • All planners, presenters, reviewers, and ASHP staff report no financial relationships relevant to this activity. 

Methods and CE Requirements

This activity consists of a recordings of faculty slides presentations, active learning activities, discussion, and handouts. Participants must participate in the activity in its entirety to claim continuing pharmacy education credit online at ASHP eLearning Portal. Follow the prompts online to complete the evaluation, claim credit and view the statement of credit immediately after completing the activity.

Per ACPE requirements, CPE credit must be claimed within 60 days of being earned. Claim your CE at http://elearning.ashp.org. Once you have processed and claimed your CE credit, we encourage you to check your NABP eProfile account to verify your credits were transferred successfully before the ACPE 60-day deadline. It is an electronic direct-report process so your credits should appear in your account within a few minutes. After the 60 day deadline, ASHP will no longer be able to report your credit(s) for this activity.