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December 12, 2018

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In Memoriam: Donald “DA” Armstrong, MD, FIDSA (1931-2018)

Donald Armstrong, MD, FIDSA, Past President of IDSA and mentor to many in the field, passed away on Nov. 27, 2018 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Fellowship ID Fellowship Match Results: Continued Improvement

This year’s ID fellowship Match brought similar, if not slightly improved, results when compared with last year.

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Take 3 Minutes to Vote for the Future of ID

By now, you have likely heard from IDSA, HIVMA and colleagues about the vote to update the Society bylaws. For the vote to be successful, we need 20 percent of the membership to participate. We are nearly there, but we need you to help us cross the finish line. 

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Name Change for Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Task Force; Guiding Principles Approved

The IDSA Board of Directors has approved a new name for the Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Task Force.

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ABIM: Registration is Now Open for 2019 MOC Assessments

If you plan to take the Traditional MOC Exam or the Knowledge Check-in in 2019, registration is now open.

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NIAID Revises FY19 K Award Payline Following IDSA, Stakeholder Advocacy

The National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ (NIAID) has announced that the interim 2019 payline for K awards (except K99) would be set at 18 – an increase from the Institute’s October interim payline of 14 and level with the payline from 2018. 

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Journal Club

In this feature, a panel of IDSA members identifies and critiques important new studies in the current literature that have a significant impact on the practice of infectious diseases medicine. 
Reviews in this issue: Hold the Door! Association of Operating Room Door Openings with Cardiac Surgical Site Infections, Understanding the Cryptococcal Meningitis Immune Response May Enhance Diagnosis and Treatment, and Bacteremia in Liver Transplant Patients: Leave the Immunosuppressants Alone

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Congress Reauthorizes U.S. Global HIV Program

The Senate has passed legislation reauthorizing PEPFAR, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, extending for another five years the flagship U.S. global HIV program that provides lifesaving HIV treatment to more than 14 million people.

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IDSA Survey: Impacts of Diagnostics Payment Cuts on Near Patient Testing

Outpatient clinical laboratory tests will receive the second of three expected 10 percent reimbursement cuts on Jan. 1, 2019.

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IDSA Participates in HHS Lyme Innovation Roundtable

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently hosted its first-ever Lyme Innovation Roundtable.

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Share Your Comments on USPSTF PrEP Recommendation

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), the independent panel of health experts that makes evidence-based recommendations on clinical preventive services, issued a draft recommendation for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention, giving it an “A” grade.

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Apply Now for the HIVMA Clinical Fellowship Program

The HIVMA Clinical Fellowship Program is accepting applications for the 2019-2020 cycle.

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Inside an In-Person Visit with Congressional Staff: The Power of Personal Insights

Michael Butera, MD, FIDSA is a physician on the move, whether it is taking care of patients across the San Diego area, serving as a delegate to the California Medical Association, or leading county and city efforts to combat infectious diseases. 

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Science Speaks

The Science Speaks blog covers the 2018 WHO Global Malaria report, CDC/WHO report on measles and the challenges of combatting Ebola in a war zone .

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IDSA and ID in the News

The Hill published an opinion piece by HIVMA Chair David Hardy, MD on World AIDS Day discussing how entry restrictions, discriminatory policies and failures to implement proven interventions compromise United States leadership of the global AIDS response. Read this and other contributions here

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ICYMI: What’s Hot on MyIDSA

Here’s a glance at the latest discussions happening on MyIDSA, IDSA’s members-only online community (login required):

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