ID Week 2016: HIV, Resistance, Zika, and Recruitment All on Agenda

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ID Week 2016.
ID Week 2016.

Four leading infectious disease organizations will come together in New Orleans next week for IDWeek 2016.

The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA), and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society will join forces and provide infectious disease specialists with a range of research, covering topics from antibiotic resistance to Zika virus.

Scheduled for October 26 to October 30, 2016, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, IDWeek 2016 kicks off Wednesday afternoon with a number of informative sessions, including  a plenary discussion  by Deborah Birx, MD, of the US Department of State, on 2 decades of antiretroviral therapy use for patients with HIV.

Other planned discussions include an overview of antibiotic resistance by Thomas Frieden, MD, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and one of the hottest subjects in ID right now, Zika virus, led by Mauro Schechter, MD, PhD, from Brazil. David Relman, MD, of Stanford University School of Medicine will provide an overview on microbes and the future of medicine.

HIV will be a popular topic of discussion. On Friday, Judith Currier, MD, MsC, MPH, of the University of California, Los Angeles will discuss commonly noted complications associated with HIV infection and how to address these issues.

For those attendees interested in hearing more about pediatric illnesses, the PIDS Caroline B. Hall Lectureship will focus on a topic that was of great importance to Dr Hall during her life: respiratory syncytial virus research.

Officials with IDSA and HIVMA are tackling the challenging issue of recruiting new specialists to the ID field in a town hall meeting scheduled for Friday evening. During this event, they will present data from a recently conducted survey that demonstrated although salary is an important consideration in choosing ID as a specialty, exposure to the ID field and mentorship plays just as big a role in getting younger clinicians to choose ID.

Hear more about this discussion in the video below, featuring Wendy Armstrong, MD, chair of IDSA's Recruitment Task Force.

Also, don't miss the IDBugBowl, where clinicians will be encouraged to test their ID trivia knowledge with contestants from local New Orleans ID programs.

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