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Program Has Much to Offer From Bench to Bedside

IDWeek 2014 is only four months away! The Program Committee has been working hard to create the most comprehensive, cutting-edge and scientifically rigorous content on everything from bench to bedside regarding infectious diseases.  From the Opening Plenary, “Resource-Limited Health Care Issues” featuring global health leaders Jeremy Farrar, MD, PhD from Wellcome Trust and Linda-Gail Bekker, MBChB, DTMH, DCH, FCP(SA), PhD, from the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre to the cutting-edge Closing Plenary, “Frontiers in Infectious Disease Diagnostics” that will include presentations on molecular diagnostics–state of the science, whole genome sequencing and a wrap up of how next generation diagnostics can be used to improve the public’s health--there will be something for everyone at IDWeek 2014.

Over the week-long program, there are over 100 sessions from antimicrobial stewardship to zoonosis.  Perennial favorites will return again including:  “Clinical Controversies,” “What’s Hot in HIV and ID,” and “Challenging Cases in Pediatric ID, HIV, Tropical Medicine and Clinical ID.”  There are over 25 early morning meet-the-professor sessions, 27 oral abstract sessions, 11 interactive sessions and over 1,000 posters will be on display.  Back again this year, “Posters in the Park” will be held on Friday evening along with the four societies’ business meetings.  Enjoy selected posters in a relaxed reception atmosphere with young investigators presenting their novel research.

There is also plenty that is new this year including timely sessions on obesity and infectious disease, infectious disease in natural disasters, immunization in pregnancy, and uncommon presentations of common syndromes. A “Careers in ID” session will focus on what lies ahead for the medical student, fellow or resident planning to specialize in infectious disease.  Also, IDWeek will be launching a pilot mentorship program.  Fellows, residents and students enrolled in U.S. programs will be paired with experienced ID leaders in their respective areas of investigation or career interest to attend sessions together and facilitate networking opportunities.  

There will also be several pre-meeting workshops to consider attending.  These include: the “Andriole ID Board Review Course,” “HCV Treatment Options,” “Antimicrobial Stewardship,” “TB Workshop,” two “Fellows Day Workshops”--one pediatric and one general adult ID--and two “Maintenance of Certification Workshops.”  Sign up early for the workshops as space is limited!

This is just a small sampling of what IDWeek 2014 has to offer. See more of the programming through the interactive program accessible on line at www.idweek.org.  There you can search for sessions by topic, day, track and faculty.  Map out your schedule in advance to ensure you don’t miss sessions important to you.  If you haven’t registered yet, now is the time.  Discounted early registration ends July 25.

New for IDWeek 2014 is a Career Networking Event
Thursday, October 9, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30p.m.


Don’t miss out on this opportunity to meet and speak with hiring representatives from dozens of companies across the country. Participating companies will be representing a variety of practice types and career opportunities, with positions ranging from novice to experienced clinicians, all looking to hire infectious diseases specialists. Save time and register in advance so you can directly enter the career fair upon your arrival by clicking here.

Abstracts to be Published in OFID

IDWeek 2014 abstracts will be published as an online supplement to Open Forum Infectious Diseases (OFID), the new open access journal from IDSA. They will be permanently archived as part of the journal and will be accessible to all journal readers, not only meeting attendees or Society members. Abstracts will also be available in the IDWeek Interactive Program, and in the official IDWeek app for iPhone and Android.

We look forward to an exceptional program this year and hope you will join us in Philadelphia!

The program committee congratulates IDSA and PIDS member, David J. Witt, MD, winner of the free IDWeek Registration for completing the Needs Assessment Survey.



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