Superheroes against Superbugs (SaS) spearheaded an educational event, the “AMR Frontline Workshop”, in collaboration with LV Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI), Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), and Infection Control Academy of India (IFCAI). The workshop, conducted at LVPEI on June 23, 2023, engaged over 85 budding medical professionals from prominent institutions such as Apollo Institute of Medical Sciences, Osmania Medical College, and AIIMS Bibinagar.
Supported by the Alliance for Pathogen Surveillance in India (APSI), funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, this workshop focused on the pressing issue of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). The participants were immersed in a rich learning environment, comprising expert lectures, laboratory tours that unveiled the behind-the-scenes world of microbiology and infection control, and insights into alternatives to antibiotics such as antimicrobial peptides.
Renowned speakers including Dr. Prashant Garg, Dr. Bhupesh Bagga, and Dr. Joveeta Joseph from LVPEI shared invaluable insights on AMR stewardship, WASH, antibiotic policy, and challenges posed by AMR in clinical settings. Dr. Ranga Reddy Burri, President of Infection Control Academy of India, was a guest speaker, adding significant depth to the discourse with his profound expertise.
One of the highlights was the innovative Medical Theatre session, where students assumed the roles of doctors and worked collaboratively to solve cases. Additionally, they enthusiastically participated in creative competitions, including ‘Break the Taboo: AMR edition’ and a digital poster contest, to express their understanding of AMR.
The event concluded with an exhilarating Jeopardy-style quiz that tested and reinforced the participants’ knowledge on the subject, leaving them inspired and better equipped to face the challenges of AMR.
As Antimicrobial Resistance continues to imperil global health, initiatives like the AMR Frontline Workshop are invaluable in preparing the next generation of medical professionals. Through education and engagement, this workshop empowered future healthcare heroes to contribute proactively to the battle against AMR.