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From the President: What’s on Tap for IDWeek 2012, Oct. 17-21

This fall, infectious disease and other health professionals will gather in San Diego for IDWeek 2012, Oct. 17-21, the first joint meeting of IDSA, the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA), the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS). (Members can register online now; the abstract submission deadline is May 11.)

Why are the nation’s four leading ID organizations holding a joint meeting now? Many of the issues and challenges we face cut across prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and epidemiology of infectious diseases, including HIV infection, for pediatric and adult populations. IDWeek will allow IDSA members and members of our partner organizations to learn from each other’s varied backgrounds, knowledge, experience, and expertise, at one meeting.

Under the theme of “Advancing Care, Improving Science,” the IDWeek partners have created a comprehensive program featuring the latest science and a diverse range of bench-to-bedside advances to help IDSA members who want to meet their educational needs, stay current, apply state-of-the-art science to clinical care, and excel in their own careers. See the Preliminary Program Primer (PDF), featuring the Schedule-at-a-Glance, for an overview, including:

  • A Special Plenary Session featuring Martin Blaser, MD, FIDSA, and a Closing Plenary Session focused on the reemergence of vaccine preventable diseases, featuring Janet A. Englund, MD, FIDSA; Walter Orenstein, MD, FIDSA; and Michael N. Oxman, MD, FIDSA.

  • Updates on antimicrobial resistance and stewardship, health care-associated infections, immunization, influenza, pneumonia, C. difficile, fungal infections, HIV care, global health, clinical practice management, and much more.

  • Several sessions on hepatitis C, including an interactive symposium, part of IDSA’s commitment to develop educational resources to assist members and promote the important role of ID physicians in this area.

  • An update on health care reform and on efforts to document the value ID specialists provide to patients and the health care system, through improved patient outcomes and reduced health care costs.

The broad expertise and diverse memberships of IDSA, HIVMA, PIDS, and SHEA will provide an unparalleled learning and networking opportunity for IDSA members. Stay tuned for more updates in the months ahead, and we hope to see you in San Diego this fall.
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