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July 18, 2018

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IDSA President Meets with U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health

IDSA President Paul Auwaerter, MD, FIDSA, recently met with ADM Brett Giroir, MD, the Assistant Secretary for Health at the US Department of Health and Human Services.

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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: Antibiotic Exposure Increases the Risk of Subsequent Sepsis, New Data on the Safety of Dolutegravir Started During Pregnancy,  A Single Dose of an Inactivated Whole-cell Vaccine Provides Moderate Protection Against Cholera for at Least Two Years

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IDSA’s Core ASP Curriculum for Fellows

IDSA has launched the Core Antimicrobial Stewardship Curriculum pilot for fellows, which is designed to be incorporated into existing ID fellowship training program curricula, to over 56 ID Fellowship Programs.

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ABIM Knowledge Check-In: Feedback from Internal Medicine and Nephrology

The American Board of Internal Medicine launched its Knowledge Check-In, the revised approach to certification assessments, this spring with Internal Medicine and Nephrology specialties.

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Alzheimer’s Research Funding Opportunity through the IDSA Foundation

The IDSA Foundation is excited to announce the availability of grant funding for investigators interested in research explicitly directed toward whether an infectious agent or microbial mechanism is responsible for triggering or driving Alzheimer’s disease.

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CMS Releases MIPS Payment Adjustment Fact Sheet

Proposed updates to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) for 2019 are right around the corner as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) continues to push out information on the 2017 MIPS performance period.

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Cleveland Clinic IDSA Members Host Visit with Congressional Staff

IDSA members at Cleveland Clinic, Steven Schmitt, MD, FIDSA; Adarsh Bihmraj, MD, FIDSA; and Steve Gordon, MD, FIDSA, Chief of the Infectious Diseases Department, recently hosted congressional staffer for U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) Josh Prest for a tour of the clinic’s ID department, and a discussion about the value of infectious diseases physicians to patient care and innovation in therapeutics, diagnostics, and vaccines. 

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IDSA Continues to Push for Global AMR Progress

IDSA continues to work with the World Health Organization to implement the Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance.

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HHS Tickborne Disease Working Group Recommendations

At a recent meeting of the Department of Health and Human Services Tickborne Disease Working Group, the group reviewed and finalized recommendations on issues including epidemiology, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of tickborne diseases.

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Join HIVMA in Responding to HIV Criminalization Threats

HIVMA is working to create and support a network of providers to answer the call of legal groups and advocates challenging HIV-based prosecutions by providing science-based information or testimony in local cases.

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Science Speaks to Provide Live AIDS 2018 Coverage

When AIDS 2018 convenes in Amsterdam, the IDSA global Science Speaks blog will be there too, providing live coverage of breaking news, presentations, and analyses from July 23-27.

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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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