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June 2015
FROM THE PRESIDENT
Concerned About Changes to the ABIM MOC Program? IDSA is Working for You

Several concerns have been raised by IDSA members regarding the administrative burdens, costs, and the need for flexibility in how points are earned within the MOC program. Thanks to a long-standing working relationship that staff and leadership has had with ABIM, we have shared these concerns and are beginning to see several significant changes.

TOP STORIES
Big Advances in Antibiotic Stewardship and R&D Policies

IDSA President Stephen Calderwood, MD, FIDSA, and IDSA staff were on hand at the recent White House Forum on Antimicrobial Stewardship to make the case for the role of ID specialists in stewardship programs, and to emphasize the need for new diagnostics and new drug development. The Society made a series of commitments to lead advocacy efforts in support of stewardship.

MERS: The Emergence Continues -- Learn the Latest at IDWeek

In the past month alone, MERS has rapidly spread with the latest outbreaks occurring in China and South Korea. John Watson, MD, MSc, a medical epidemiologist actively involved in the MERS-CoV control activities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will offer insight at IDWeek 2015

Thank You From IDSA

Thank you to those who took the time to respond to our survey on member needs. The information you provided will be invaluable in guiding the upcoming Board of Directors’ strategic planning session later this month. Look for updates on that planning process in future editions of IDSA News.

Journal Club

Studies reviewed in this edition of Journal Club: Treatment of Symptomatic Congenital CMV: Is Six Months Better Than Six Weeks?; A New Tenofovir Formulation: Fewer Renal and Bone Effects?

Upcoming dates to remember


The combined meeting of IDSA, SHEA, HIVMA, and PIDS, Oct. 7-11, 2015, in San Diego. Register now for IDWeek and Submit a Late Breaker Abstract!

        PATIENT CARE AND SCIENCE
        FDA Cautions About Dose Confusion and Medication Errors for Antibacterial Drug Zerbaxa
        Foundation to Develop Database of C. difficile Providers
        CLINICAL PRACTICE MANAGEMENT
        So Long SGR! What’s Next, and How Will MACRA Affect You?
        CMS Proposes Changes to Meaningful Use Program; ONC Updates HIT Certification Criteria
        IDSA Offers Discussion Board, Other Resources on Contract Negotiations
        POLICY AND ADVOCACY
        IDSA Members Urge Increased NIH Funding on Capitol Hill
        Help HIVMA Advocate for HIV Funding and Syringe Exchange
        HOPE Act Springs Forward
        Weigh in on FDA Proposed Changes to Blood Donor Deferral Policy
        Societies Provide Comments to NIH on Improving Impact and Sustainability of Biomedical Research
        GLOBAL ID
        Science Speaks: Global HIV, TB and Ebola Research and Responses
        EDUCATION AND RESOURCES
        IDSA Foundation Joins the Combined Federal Campaign
        Courses in Antimicrobial Stewardship
        Updated Lyme Disease Case Study Course
        YOU AND YOUR COLLEAGUES
        Reminder: CID Editor-in-Chief Search is On!
        Members on the Move
        Member Report
        FROM THE PRESIDENT
        Concerned About Changes to the ABIM MOC Program? IDSA is Working for You
        TOP STORIES
        Big Advances in Antibiotic Stewardship and R&D Policies
        MERS: The Emergence Continues -- Learn the Latest at IDWeek
        Thank You From IDSA
        Journal Club
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