My IDSA Contact Us
IDSA NewsPrint-Friendly Newsletter
Forward to a Friend
Search Back Issues
Education & Training Resources Practice Guidelines Journals & Publications Policy & Advocacy Meetings About IDSA
September 2017
Improving IDSA’s Communications with Members
William G. Powderly, MD, FIDSA
IDSA President

Earlier this year, we conducted an audit of our communications functions including the website, emails, social media, MyIDSA, and this newsletter, IDSA News. The audit included a member survey that provided valuable insight into the most effective ways to reach you—what’s working and what isn’t. Of course, one size does not fit all with a membership ranging in demographics and areas of focus, but we did find common themes and aim to make improvements based on those.

Feedback on the newsletter was quite positive with many indicating a more frequent publication would be useful. Beginning this fall, IDSA News will be published every other week and will be redesigned in a simpler, concise, mobile-friendly fashion that will allow you to quickly identify the articles most relevant to you. We’ll continue to include regular features such as Journal Club and a recap of CDC and FDA alerts along with new features such as highlights from the news clips, top discussions on MyIDSA, and more. The President’s Message will be moving to MyIDSA, which will allow you to comment on the message and engage fellow members in a discussion on its subject. 
Response to MyIDSA, which was launched one year ago, has been overwhelmingly positive. We have begun to develop the community further by opening sub-communities focused on specific topics such as the Global HIV and TB community. We have also launched a community for program directors and soon will be opening a community for those in the early stages of their career. I’m excited about the networking and information-sharing on MyIDSA and look forward to seeing it continue to expand.
I sincerely hope that these changes allow you to learn more about the Society and keep abreast of our progress. However, successful communication is never one-sided, and as I often have, I urge you once again to take part in this Society. That may be by volunteering, by responding to surveys, or simply by speaking out and sharing your thoughts and ideas. 
You’ll have an opportunity to do just that at the 2nd annual Town Hall to be held on Friday, October 6, at 6:30 p.m. during IDWeek. (Look for the many signs pointing the way.) During the Town Hall 2.0, Join the Conversation, we want to hear from you about what matters most to you in the field of ID, what inspires you, what worries you, what the future looks like to you, and how we make that a reality. Because our goal is to have a lively dialogue, there will be no formal presentations. The conversation will be guided by what’s on your mind. You can submit your questions and thoughts in advance by emailing them to or by tweeting them to #idweektownhall. Join us for the event in San Diego, and please continue to be engaged in your Society.

< Previous Article | Next Article >

Post a comment

Your name:

Your comment:

IDSA President to Deliver Keynote at World AMR Congress
IDSA Members Give Congressman a First-Hand Look at Impact of ID/HIV Funding
RSVP for Ryan White Coalition Luncheon at IDWeek
Science Speaks
Stipends Available to ID Medical Student Interest Groups
Practice Exam is Back!
Improving IDSA’s Communications with Members
Standing by Our Colleagues Hit by Hurricane Harvey and Preparing for Irma
IDSA Honors 102 Distinguished Physicians, Scientists with FIDSA
Countdown to IDWeek 2017
Journal Club
IDSA | 1300 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300 | Arlington, VA 22209 | Phone: (703) 299-0200
To ensure delivery, please add '' to your email address book or Safe Sender List.
If you are still having problems receiving our communications,
see our white-listing page for more details.