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September 2016
Be Part of the Solution at IDWeek Town Hall
We have begun the countdown to IDWeek 2016. In one month, over 6,500 ID professionals will be gathered in New Orleans to share and engage in the latest developments in the field of infectious diseases. Repeatedly, we are told that one of the aspects our members value the most about IDWeek is the opportunity to network with their peers. This year, for the first time, IDSA and HIVMA will be hosting a Town Hall event specifically designed to foster networking and open a dialogue with our members. 
IDWeek 2016 Town Hall: Securing the Future of ID, which will replace the annual business meeting typically held during the conference, will be held on Friday, October 28 from 6 – 7:30 PM in the New Orleans Theater of the convention center. We will discuss how the ID community can work collaboratively to ensure a robust ID and HIV workforce for the future. HIVMA’s chair, Carlos del Rio, and I will co-chair the event, and we will hear from Wendy Armstrong, chair of the IDSA ID Recruitment Task Force, who will provide updates on our efforts to address the decline in ID fellowship applicants, and Dan McQuillen, chair of the IDWeek Program Committee, who will review potential strategies to improve compensation and discuss other concerns that are facing our specialty. The heart of the event will focus on listening to you—taking your questions, listening to the concerns you face in your career as an ID physician, and hearing your thoughts on possible solutions. 
In advance of the Town Hall, I encourage you to visit the Town Hall webpage and submit your questions or concerns that you would like to have discussed during the meeting. Members will also have an opportunity to ask questions in person. We are anticipating a lively and productive conversation. Please also check out the IDSA website to see what IDSA is doing to promote the ID specialty and learn how you can become part of the solution. 
The Town Hall will be just the beginning of what we hope will be an ongoing dialogue with members on these critical issues facing our specialty. I’m excited to announce that today IDSA has launched a members-only online community called MyIDSA. This is a community specifically designed to encourage collaboration among our members. 
I hope that you will find MyIDSA to be the perfect format for posting questions and sharing resources and ideas with your colleagues in the discussion board section called “IDea Exchange." MyIDSA will allow you to search for members, post to and browse the resource library, find news clips, and read about the latest news in our field. We expect that the discussion generated at the Town Hall will continue on MyIDSA, but the possibilities for future topics to be covered are endless—MyIDSA is your community, your access to the 10,000+ members of our Society. 
Help us shape the future of ID! Please join me and participate in both of these exciting new ventures. Your thoughts and input are essential to the direction of our Society and to the success of the field of ID. We are waiting to hear from you.

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