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July/August 2015
From the President
Setting IDSA’s Course to Lead the Future of ID

During its June meeting, the IDSA Board of Directors engaged in a strategic planning process that was greatly influenced by your feedback to the member survey regarding Society priorities. We examined the effectiveness of our activities in order to readjust our course accordingly—building on the initiatives that have been successful, and refining our tactics based on the issues facing the field of Infectious Diseases today. In many respects, our priorities encompass issues the Society has been addressing over the last several years. What is new, however, is a greater emphasis on two key areas: recruiting young doctors into the field and promoting the value of the ID specialist.

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IDSA Compensation Survey: Take 5 Minutes to Help Us Advocate for You
We need your help! Please take 5 minutes to complete the IDSA Compensation Survey. The data gleaned from the survey will allow us to gauge the average compensation for an ID professional and will assist us in advocating for the specialty and our members. We know that compensation is one of the factors that medical students and residents consider when choosing a specialty. Help us provide a more accurate picture of the average compensation for an ID professional, so that we can attract the best and brightest to our field.
Take Part in IDSA’s Future: Cast Your Vote in Board Elections
All IDSA and HIVMA members should have received an email this week for both the IDSA and HIVMA elections with a subject line "2015 IDSA/HIVMA Elections." The electronic ballot makes it easy for you to vote. Voting is an important way for every member to influence the future direction of IDSA and HIVMA. Please exercise your right to vote! Deadline for voting is September 10.
Journal Club
  • Echocardiography and Cardiac Device Removal, if Present: Necessary for All with Staphylococcus Bacteremia?
  • Addition of IV Metronidazole to Oral Vancomycin for Severe C. difficile Infection: Data to Support a Common Clinical Practice;
  • Comparing Interferon-γ Release Assay and Tuberculin Skin Testing for TB Screening in Exposed Health Care Workers;
  • Synergy Despite Resistance: Colistin-Tigecycline for XDR A. baumannii and Excess Mortality Compared to Colistin-Carbapenem;
  • Preexposure Prophylaxis for Serodiscordant Couples who Wish to Conceive

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!

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        CDC Updated Guidelines on Treatment of Sexually Transmitted Diseases
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        CLINICAL PRACTICE MANAGEMENT
        CMS Issues FAQ Document on ICD-10 Implementation
        POLICY AND ADVOCACY
        White House Releases Five-Year HIV/AIDS Strategy
        21st Century Cures Act Progresses Through Congress
        House, Senate Committees Recommend 2016 Funding to Address Antibiotic Resistance
        News from CDC: Recognizing the 20th Anniversary of the Emerging Infections Program
        NIH Requests Input on its Strategic Plan
        IDSA Comments on Criteria for $20 Million CARB Diagnostics Challenge
        FDA Proposal Would Yield Better Data on Antibiotics in Meat, Poultry
        GLOBAL ID
        Science Speaks Covers 8th International AIDS Conference
        EDUCATION AND RESOURCES
        What Not to Miss at IDWeek 2015
        OFID Offers Special Peer Review Track for Fellows of IDSA (FIDSA)
        Latest OFID Podcast Features Martin Blaser on the Microbiome
        YOU AND YOUR COLLEAGUES
        FIDSA Designees Announced: 113 Distinguished Physicians, Scientists Honored
        Members on the Move
        Member Report
        From the President
        Setting IDSA’s Course to Lead the Future of ID
        TOP STORIES
        IDSA Compensation Survey: Take 5 Minutes to Help Us Advocate for You
        Take Part in IDSA’s Future: Cast Your Vote in Board Elections
        Journal Club
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