Mark your calendar: April 20th, 2013. Spring IDSO meeting. Columbus, Ohio
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I am writing to request your assistance in promoting the upcoming NFID Clinical Vaccinology Courses scheduled for November 2–4, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Miami in Miami, FL and March 8–10, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago, IL to your constituents/members via your website, event calendar, and other member correspondence as appropriate. Detailed course information about the November 2012 course is available at http://www.cvent.com/d/xcq0fv?
This 2 1/2-day course focuses on new developments and issues related to the use of vaccines. Expert faculty will provide the latest information on both current and prospective vaccines, updated recommendations for vaccinations across the lifespan; and innovative and practical strategies for ensuring timely and appropriate vaccination. Target audience includes physicians (family, internists, pediatricians, and infectious disease specialists); nurses; nurse practitioners; physician assistants; pharmacists; vaccine program administrators; federal, state, and local public health professionals; and other healthcare professionals interested in clinical aspects of vaccine delivery.
Collaborating partner organizations to date include: American Academy of Pediatrics, American College Health Association, American Medical Association, American Pharmacists Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Community Pharmacists Association, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists
Please let me know if you need any additional information. Thank you for your consideration.
Sharon Cooper-Kerr, MBA, CMP
Senior Director of Operations
National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
4733 Bethesda Avenue
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
Phone: (301) 656-0003 Ext. 14
Fax: (301) 907-0878
IDSO Dinner during ID Week
The fall IDSO dinner will be held on Friday October 19th in San Diego as part of ID Week. The location and time of the dinner is TBA but feel free to RSVP at any time so we can have an idea of how large of a room to reserve. More details to follow in a few weeks.
IDSO Spring Meeting
It is never too early to being planning for our annual spring meeting. Please feel free to send me any speaker or topic ideas you would like us to consider.
Our New VP: Denise Signs
I would like to thank Dr Denise Signs (email@example.com) from Wooster for agreeing to be the VP for IDSO. She will serve as VP for 2 years and then become the next IDSO President. Denise did her residency in Akron and her ID fellowship in Rochester, New York. According to Denise:
“I am strictly a small community hospital ID consultant in a 120 bed hospital for the past 5 yrs. I loved academics but not the politics or having to pick a few things to specialize in, in a large group where everyone divides the duties. I used to run the HIV clinic at Summa in Akron, but now I just have about 30 HIV patients, having been treating HepC, Chair Infection Control, am certified in wound care and work in our wound care center, have headed up an Antimicrobial Stewardship program with my PharmD, and develop new protocols as new guidelines come out for our Hospitalists (now working on a multidisciplinary diabetic foot infection team per new IDSA guidelines). I even have a smattering of Travel Medicine consults – malaria, onchercerciasis, a calcified bladder from chronic schisto, etc. So, though I don’t have an impressive list of credentials, I have a lot of fun. I hope to be able to represent the many small town specialists in ID across Ohio who tries to make a difference, even if, for today, I give a Hand Hygiene lecture to the ICU nurses instead of a scholarly lecture on the role of chemokines in HIV pathogenesis.”
First Annual IDSO Fellows Board Review Course
In April we hosted 19 fellows representing every ID fellowship in the state of Ohio for an intense and fast paced ID board review. It was a very successful event and we become an annual meeting. Based on feedback, I am looking forward to an even better course in 2013. Planning for the event will begin this fall.
Here is a list of our current regional councilors. We are in need of a new representative from Toledo. If you know of anyone who is interested please let me know
Akron/Canton: Thomas M. File, Jr., MD
Cincinnati: Lisa Haglund, MD
Cleveland: K.V. Gopal, MD
Columbus: Susan L. Koletar, MD
Dayton: Thomas Herchline, MD
Website and Twitter Account
Don’t forget to visit the website http://idohio.org/ or follow us on twitter (@IDSOh). I will try and do a better job in the coming months of keeping the website up to date.
Contact Cynthia Coles (Cynthia.Coles@osumc.edu) if you have not paid your yearly dues for 2012. We are always willing to accept your money!
If you have any issues where you need the help of the IDSO, please feel free to contact me. My Cell number is 937-475-174 and my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
The date of our spring conference is fast approaching, May 10 and 11. If you have not done so, please register to allow us proper preparation. Departmental members, fellows, residents and students in training may attend free of charge. For others, the price has been kept low to not impede attendance (compared to other conferences, the CME’s,meals and program are a bargain). Please pass this on to other potentially interested colleagues. We need good attendance to continue the generous support we have received in past years.
Thanks. Hope to see you soon
Dr. Taege for the HIV Team
Please help the NFID gather data on Hep C. Complete the following survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/
Greetings from IDSO. We hope to see many of you in Boston at the annual IDSA meeting October 20-23, 2011. It offers a packed agenda of useful information and opportunities. You should also receive an invitation for the IDSO dinner meeting Saturday evening October 22 at Salvatore’s Restaurant. Please RSVP for this function and be ready for an enjoyable evening of brief education, updates and reminiscing.
Our state society continues to be extremely well represented at the national level in IDSA, SHEA, and National Foundation of Infectious Disease and in our state legislature. Please congratulate and thank our members for their effort on our behalf.
Under the leadership and perseverance of Steve Burdette, IDSO will host a one day fellow’s ID Board Review Session next spring. We hope this provides our fellows in training with a great focused board review, an opportunity to network and become better acquainted. Additionally it acknowledges that our organization values them. Please encourage each of your second year fellows to attend.
Our Annual Spring IDSO meeting has been set for April 14, 2012 in Columbus. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend. In an effort to develop a meaningful and useful meeting, I am reactivating our state regional counselors to assist in development of our agenda. If you have ideas or topics of interest, please forward them to me.
Another year has passed. The global and national economies continue to struggle, the cost of health care steadily rises and the health care act remains in flux while our reimbursement stagnates or decreases. All are reasons to remain together as a cohesive organization and force.
If we don’t see you in Boston, I hope to see you in Columbus next spring.
Alan Taege, MD
IDSO at IDSA
Salvatore’s of Boston
225 Northern Ave.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
6:30 – 7:00 PM
Arrivals & social hour
drinks and Hors d’oeuvres
7:00 – 7:15 PM
Opening and Welcome
Alan Taege, MD
7:15 – 7:45 PM
Dinner Presentation and Discussion
Steven D. Burdette, MD, FIDSA
Vice President IDSO
Hosted by: Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
8:00 – 8:30 PM
IDSO Business Meeting
Alan Taege, MD
RSVP to Cynthia Coles (Cynthia.Coles@osumc.edu)
NFID will sponsor two Clinical Vaccinology Courses: November 4 – 6, 2011 in Atlanta and March 9 – 11, 2012 in Chicago. We would appreciate your assistance in disseminating this information to your constituents. Detailed course information is available at http://www.cvent.com/d/rcqnn7. A link is also available from the NFID homepage (www.nfid.org).
This 2 1/2-day course focuses on new developments and issues related to the use of vaccines. Expert faculty will provide the latest information on both current and prospective vaccines, updated recommendations for vaccinations across the lifespan; and innovative and practical strategies for ensuring timely and appropriate vaccination. Leading infectious disease experts will discuss newly available vaccines, vaccines in the pipeline, and established vaccines whose continued administration is essential to improving disease prevention efforts. Target audience includes physicians (primary care, family, internal medicine, pediatrics); infectious disease specialists; nurses; nurse practitioners; physician assistants; pharmacists; vaccine program administrators; federal, state, and local public health officials; and other healthcare professionals involved with clinical use of vaccines.
Collaborating partner organizations include: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Physician Assistants, American College Health Association, American Medical Association, American Nurses Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists.
If you know of any major conflicts for our Spring Meeting please let me know ASAP.
Since the 2002 outbreak of West Nile Virus in Ohio, The Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) has conducted surveillance of West Nile Virus infections in mosquito populations. Mosquito traps are set in populated areas throughout the county to collect data regarding the presence and amount of West Nile Virus. This data is then used to guide decision making regarding mosquito adulticide spraying in affected areas. Mosquito surveillance is also important because an increase in West Nile Virus in mosquitoes forewarns us of infection in humans. Recently, there has been an increase in the amount of West Nile Virus amongst mosquitoes to the extent that human cases are very likely to occur in the near future. Thus, actions have been taken to curb the mosquito population.
The CCBH conducts passive surveillance of human WNV cases by monitoring for cases of meningitis and encephalitis through the Ohio Disease Reporting System as well as through a symptom-based surveillance of emergency room encounters. We also conduct symptom-based surveillance of emergency room encounters looking for an increase in the number of flu-like illnesses. However, we will not be able to attribute any epidemic or pandemic activity to the West Nile Virus if cases are not clinically confirmed. Although confirmation of the infection may not affect medical decision-making for individual patients, it will aid in our understanding of the risk of infection in our community and support the CCBH to further target areas with increased risk of infection with adulticide. Hence, we are asking providers to consider WNV testing when treating cases of aseptic meningitis or encephalitis. The most useful test to order is the IgM titer for West Nile Virus on cerebral spinal fluid. When a positive test result is seen, CCBH will be notified. In addition, confirmation of a West Nile Virus case will occur in coordination with The Ohio Department of Health and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The instructions for sending samples to aid in surveillance are below.
Specimens need to be submitted with two forms:
1) The ODH Lab Sample Submission form <http://www.odh.ohio.gov/pdf/IDCM/frm2530.pdf> with “Specimen for West Nile testing at the CDC” in the comments.
2) The CDC’s DASH form <http://www.cdc.gov/ncezid/dvbd/pdf/CDC50_34.pdf>. This form needs to have at a minimum: the date of illness onset, the specimen collection date, any pertinent travel history, and the name of the patient.
Thank you in advance for your support. Please contact the Cuyahoga County Board of Health at (216) 201-2080 with any questions.
The Cuyahoga County Public Health Collaborative
Jackie Napolitano, RS
Program Manager, Epidemiology, Surveillance, and Informatics
Cuyahoga County Board of Health
5550 Venture Dr.