Thank you for the welcome to the start of my term as President of IDSA. I am honored to hold this position in an organization that, like many of our members, shares deep commitments to advance our knowledge of infectious diseases and to improve the care of our patients. When I was in the early years of my career, I thought of the Society mainly as an organization that produced an annual meeting (now IDWeek) and peer-reviewed journals, Clinical Infectious Diseases, The Journal of Infectious Diseases, and now Open Forum Infectious Diseases.
Along with clinical practice guidelines, each of these member benefits remains highly important to my practice of infectious diseases. As my time with the Society progressed, working with the many superb staff of our Society, I came to value the outstanding reputation IDSA has earned in advising policymakers and regulators. Such work is hard and the process slower than desired, but is so important to our lives as infectious disease professionals.
Providence Saint John’s Health Center of Santa Monica, California, and Summa Health of Akron, Ohio, are the first recipients of IDSA’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Centers of Excellence (CoE) designation.
IDSA has published in Clinical Infectious Diseases a new guideline on the detection and treatment of infectious diarrhea. New culture-independent tests are much more sensitive than traditional diagnostic methods in detecting the cause of infectious diarrhea, but because these tests are so sensitive and may detect multiple organisms, infectious disease expertise may be necessary to interpret the clinical significance and facilitate appropriate public health surveillance, according to the new guidelines.