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IDSA, SHEA, and PIDS Announce LEAP Fellowship for the 2022-23 Academic Year

The Leadership in Epidemiology, Antimicrobial Stewardship, and Public Health (LEAP) Fellowship has received renewed funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The LEAP Fellowship is a one-year program created by the Infectious Diseases Society of America, The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society aimed at training future infectious diseases physician leaders who can bridge the gap between clinical and academic infectious diseases and our public health partners.

Selected fellows are provided a $100,000 award to support at least 70% protected time for training and projects for one year. In addition, LEAP fellows will showcase the results of their year-long project at a session during IDWeek, the premiere scientific meeting for infectious diseases. To learn about the projects recently completed by the 2020-21 LEAP Fellows, please attend the IDWeek LEAP Fellowship session on Friday, Oct. 1, 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm EST. In addition, there will be a live Zoom informational evening session held on Friday Oct. 1, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm which will include a question-and-answer period with past fellows and the directors of the LEAP program. Register in advance for the informational session here.

Eligibility requirements, application instructions, and key dates for the fellowship will be posted in October on the IDSA website at http://www.idsociety.org/Leap_Fellowship_page.aspx. The on-line application portal is slated to open for applications in November on the IDSA website. The fellowship will commence on July 1, 2022. Four awardees are anticipated for the 2022-23 academic year. For more information, contact LEAP Fellowship Project Manager Michele Wagner, MPH, at mwagner@idsociety.org.

The LEAP Fellowship program is supported by the CDC of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

2020 2021 Fellows

Daniel Dodson, M.D.

Daniel Dodson, M.D. (Pediatric ID), University of Colorado
LEAP Fellowship Project: Improving assessment and implementation of antibiotic stewardship: a partnership between state public health, academic medicine, and community hospitals.
Partner Health Department: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Sophie Katz, M.D.

Sophie Katz, M.D. (Pediatric ID), Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Leap Fellowship Project: Creating a Sustainable and Scalable Outpatient Antimicrobial Stewardship Intervention in a High-Prescribing State: Development of Provider Feedback Reports and Academic Detailing Strategies through User Centered Design.

Partner Health Department: Tennessee Department of Health

Do Young Kim, M.D.

Do Young Kim, M.D. (Adult ID), Rush University Medical Center
LEAP Fellowship Project: Checking Live Virus to Ascertain Time to Clearance of Viable Virus in Severe COVID-19 Pneumonia (CLEARANCE)

Partner Health Department: Chicago Department of Public Health

Angela “Holly” Villamagna, M.D.

Angela “Holly” Villamagna, M.D. (Adult ID), Oregon Health and Science University
Leap Fellowship Project: Beyond coronavirus: establishing best practice guidance and assessing acceptability of international travel screening in Oregon acute care hospitals.

Partner Health Department: Oregon Health Authority

LEAP Fellows and SHEA Leadership at 2019 SHEA Spring Meeting

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Societal Leadership Weighs In

IDSA : “I am proud that we have partnered with SHEA and PIDS along with the CDC who is sponsoring LEAP so that infectious disease fellows or early career clinical ID physicians may gain experience and tools to foster collaboration between academic institutions and public health departments. With antimicrobial resistance a more pressing concern then ever, we wish the awardees success during their fellowship and look to their future for inspired leadership in stewardship, epidemiology and public health.” – Paul Auwaerter, MBA, MD, FIDSA, President of IDSA

SHEA: “The ability to effectively share knowledge and experience among professionals in public health, infection prevention and antibiotic stewardship and to form fruitful collaborative partnerships is critical in improving patient care and reducing antimicrobial resistance. By offering research support and professional opportunities, the Leadership in Epidemiology, Antimicrobial Stewardship, and Public health (LEAP) Fellowship will help to train future leaders in healthcare epidemiology. We are extremely excited to join IDSA and PIDS in awarding these inaugural LEAP Fellowships,” – Keith Kaye, MD, MPH, president of SHEA

PIDS: “The LEAP fellowships recognize outstanding young ID physicians who are poised to become leaders in public health, hospital epidemiology and antimicrobial stewardship. The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS) is excited to be a part of the inaugural LEAP fellowship awards, and would like to congratulate the four awardees. This is an area of great importance to the future of ID and to the health of our nation.”– Paul W. Spearman, MD, FPIDS

For more information on the LEAP Fellowship, please contact, Michele Wagner, MPH, LEAP Fellowship Project Manager. 

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