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March 2014
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From the President: IDSA Volunteers Build on the Momentum of Antimicrobial Resistance Efforts

http://news.idsociety.org/idsa/editor_images/Barbar_Murray_2011_webedited.jpgIn the last month, a spotlight has been shown on antimicrobial resistance on the federal level. This heightened attention provides us with an opportunity to be outspoken about the need for new drugs and diagnostics, and the critical role the ID specialist plays in addressing drug-resistant infections. When IDSA members speak out, it adds to our collective voice.

 

CDC Reports Wide Variation in Prescribing Practices
Antimicrobial prescribing for hospital patients varies widely. CDC calls on hospitals to establish stewardship programs.
Journal Club
An Unexpected Difference Between ATV/r and EFV in Women Starting HIV Therapy; De-escalation of Empirical Therapy and Lower Mortality in Severe Sepsis Patients; Snapshot of Antimicrobial Usage in U.S. Hospitals: Opportunities for Improvement; An Emerging Disease: Microsporidiosis Acquired Through Solid Organ Transplantation
President Requests Increased Funding on Antimicrobial Resistance
There’s good news on antimicrobial resistance in the President’s budget. But IDSA is calling for stronger funding across federal ID programs, particularly at NIH.
Upcoming dates to remember 

 

  • The combined meeting of IDSA, SHEA, HIVMA, and PIDS, Oct. 8-12, 2014, in Philadelphia. Stay tuned for more information at www.idweek.org.
  • Member Registration Now Open
  • Abstract and Award Submission Deadline:  May 6, 5 p.m. EDT

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Society Awards Nomination Deadline
Apr. 1, 2014

HIVMA Leadership Awards Nomination Deadline
Apr. 1, 2014

Advance to Fellow (FIDSA) Deadline

Apr. 1, 2014

Clinical Practice Management
Exceptions and Appeals: How to Challenge Adverse Health Plan Coverage Decisions
Upcoming PQRS Milestones: March 31 Deadline
Policy and Advocacy
DISARM Act Would Provide Supplemental Payment for Antimicrobials
Informed Consent for Specimen Use: IDSA Expresses Concern Over Proposed Rule
HIVMA Members Oppose Anti-Homosexuality Laws
IDSA Comments on FDA Draft Guidance on FMT
Proposed Federal Policy Could Lead to Wider Screening for HBV
Science Speaks Blog
The Center for Global Health Policy’s Blog, Science Speaks, covered a Day of Action at the Nigeria Embassy, important news from the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), and other important developments in global HIV news
Education and Resources
Maintenance of Certification Program Changes Now in Effect: Enroll by March 31
GME Accreditation for MDs and DOs to be Unified Over the Next Five Years
Hepatitis C Webinar Series Archives: New Presentation Available
You and Your Colleagues
In Memoriam: Albert Z. Kapikian, MD, FIDSA (1931-2014)
Call For Nominations for the IDSA Board of Directors Deadline: April 1
Nominate Your Colleague for a 2014 Society Award Deadline: April 1
Members on the Move
New Members
Top Stories
From the President: IDSA Volunteers Build on the Momentum of Antimicrobial Resistance Efforts
CDC Reports Wide Variation in Prescribing Practices
Journal Club
President Requests Increased Funding on Antimicrobial Resistance
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