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  • How to Get Involved in IDSA and HIVMA

    The success of IDSA and HIVMA depends on the Society's members. Committees help shape the policy and direction of the Society.

    Below are volunteer opportunities that promote the specialty, share your expertise, shape policy and opinions and strengthen our voice.

    If you have a few minutes, consider taking these short steps to support IDSA and promote the ID specialty.

    Apply to be a volunteer

    Current Volunteer Opportunities


    • IDWeek Mentorship Program - Develop a one-on-one relationship with medical students, residents and fellows at IDWeek.
    • IDSA Medical Scholars Program Mentorship - Give medical students a first-hand look at the vast range of career possibilities within the field of infectious diseases.
    • HIV Medical Students Program Mentorship - Pair with a medical student to support a longitudinal HIV-related clinical learning and/or research project and mentor relationship during medical school.
    • Medical School Advisors - Increase student interest in ID by applying for a $500 stipend to support new and existing ID interest group events at medical schools.

    IDSA Advocate

    • Local IDSA and HIVMA Policy Resource - Become a local resource for IDSA and HIVMA on ID and HIV-related policy issues at the state level.
    • Global ID Advocate - Share your interest and expertise in global infectious diseases and serve as a reviewer of materials, a media spokesperson or global ID policy advocate.

    Writers and Reviewers

    • IDWeek Abstract Reviewer - Many IDWeek Program Committee Members start out as abstract reviewers. Abstract review is a great way to understand how the IDWeek program committee works and to network within peer groups to discuss the current science.
    • IDSA News Journal Club - Identify practice-changing literature.
    • Journal Abstract Reviewer Serve as an abstract reviewer for one of the Society's journals, Clinical Infectious DiseasesThe Journal of Infectious Diseases, and Open Forum Infectious Diseases.
    • Emerging Infections Reviewer - Help us keep your colleagues informed in a timely fashion about developments related to emerging pathogens, bioemergencies and other important clinical infectious disease issues.
    • Item Writer for In-Training Exam and Maintenance of Certification Modules - Join the pool of item writers for the In-Training Exam and various Maintenance of Certification questions.

    IDSA Committees

    Our desire is to give as many members as possible an opportunity to participate in IDSA activities. We try to balance the need to bring in new faces while maintaining the continuity and experience necessary for the committees to function effectively. Every year, about 30-35 committee positions are open. We usually have many more volunteers than available slots.

    If you are not selected for a committee position, we will do our best to match you with a volunteer position.

    Committee descriptions

    If you have a few minutes…

    • Share Your Stories - Help IDSA advocate for policies that improve the health of individuals and communities by illustrating the need and impact of infectious diseases. IF you would like to share your story, please contact Jennifer Morales.
    • Contact members of Congress to support our stance on ID and HIV legislation, including issues related to physician payment and educate policy makers about the latest science and funding needs related to global infectious disease.
    • Alert us if your state is considering important policy on ID issues such as antimicrobial stewardship, immunizations, Lyme disease, HIV criminalization, syringe exchange programs, or Medicaid expansion. We can provide you with information and tools to mobilize members in your state.
    • Join the Ryan White Medical Providers Coalition to stay informed on Ryan White advocacy and program issues.
    • Join the Emerging Infections Network and help public health authorities with surveillance for emerging infectious diseases and related phenomena.
    • Going to a conference? Help IDSA promote the Value of the ID Specialist at national and local conference, state society meetings and via social media.
    • Connect with IDSA on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn.

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