The Committee identifies and evaluates issues related to the clinical practice of pediatric infectious diseases that are important to implementing the Society’s Mission, keeps the membership informed about these issues, and works with other organizations to foster excellence in the clinical practice of medicine.

The Committee oversees and coordinates communications within the Society, between the Society and other organizations with shared missions, and between the Society and the public. The Committee also evaluates publications of the Society, as well as other potential communication vehicles in meeting the needs of the membership, conducts negotiations for publications, as needed, and develops recommendations for future means of communication, including long-range plans for PIDSNews.

The Committee engages with colleagues in partner societies, such as IDSA, SHEA, AST to develop and promote educational programs and services for our membership, develops educational materials that advance clinical care in ID, and considers strategies for bringing ID education to the broader community.

The Committee oversees the Society’s financial activities, makes suggestions regarding the investment and use of Society monies to promote its goals and programs, and determines whether membership dues are appropriate for the expenses incurred by the Society.

The International Affairs Committee will foster interactions within PIDS and with members of international pediatric infectious disease societies, to support global collaborations in clinical care, research, and education. 

The Committee establishes best practices for developing, monitoring and implementing good antibiotic stewardship for children cared for across health care settings, and focuses its efforts on ASP tools, educational curriculum and research.

The Pediatric Transplant ID Committee promotes multicenter research in pediatric transplant ID with the aim of facilitating research to understand, treat and prevent infections and their complications in children undergoing solid organ or stem cell transplantation. The Committee will foster research on host-microbe interactions and their impact on transplant outcome and provide a platform to propose research concepts that can leverage a vast network of potential investigators at individual sites who have a keen interest in collaboration. The Committee will work to promote education and collaboration through ongoing efforts to develop transplant ID curricula and an annual Pediatric Transplant ID Symposium sponsored by the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and PIDS.

The Programs and Meetings Committee (PMC) participates in the planning of pediatric infectious disease content for the annual Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) and IDWeek meetings.

The Committee develops, oversees, and promotes the publication of the Society’s scientific journal including supplements to the Journal and associated publications and works collaboratively with the Editor-In-Chief, the Associate Editors, and the Editorial Board; reports to the Board of Directors, at least annually, regarding the editorial and financial status of the journal; and makes recommendations to Board of Directors on substantive editorial policy issues and financial matters.

The Committee plans and executes the PIDS-St. Jude Research Conference; administers the Pichichero Family Foundation Research Award, identifies mechanisms to increase visibility of physician scientists within PIDS and to recruit new physician-scientists to pediatric infectious diseases, engages with colleagues in partner societies, such as IDSA, ESPID, SPR, and ASM to facilitate physician-scientist development, improves funding support for medical student and resident participation in PIDS-related conferences and PIDS research, and improves research funding support for pediatric ID research.

Assist the Social Media Work Group in maintaining PIDS’ online presence via Facebook and Twitter by posting pediatric ID relevant information during conferences.

This Committee develops annual ID Week Fellows’ Day curricula in order to foster professional development among fellows, educate fellows/residents via case presentations and career planning sessions, and attract promising talent into Pediatric Infectious Diseases fellowship programs. Specifically, the committee: a) reviews and selects fellow and resident cases for presentation and potential publication in JPIDS, b) organizes and facilitates career planning presentations and round-table discussions (considering yearly attendee feedback), and c) organizes fellow-focused networking events; informs and supports training program directors on issues such as accreditation, recruitment, fellowship support, workforce development, and tools and resources for fellowship directors and fellows (e.g. fellowship survival guide); enhances standards for fellowship training; and communicates with members on issues related to re-certification of Pediatric Infectious Diseases sub-specialists; participates in educational-based research related to trainees and training programs; oversees the publication of the e-brochure, “Directory of Training Programs in Pediatric Infectious Diseases”, and the Fellows Survival Guide; acts as a liaison to the Council on Pediatric Subspecialties collaborating with other Pediatric subspecialties on subjects related to pediatric training including; workforce issues, clinical training programs, and training logistics; and plans and organizes a visit from at least one TPC or PIDS Board member to each ID Week poster presented by a pediatric ID fellow, pediatric resident, or medical student in order to encourage academic progress, foster interest in Pediatric ID, and to promote involvement in PIDS.

The Committee develops and implements a set of coherent recommendations and actions for PIDS, emphasizing proactive rather than reactive efforts concerning vaccine safety.

Pediatric Infectious Diseases Education and Research Foundation Committees

The Committee reviews applications submitted for Fellowship Awards given by the Society, selects recipients, and reviews progress reports written by awardees.

The Committee reviews applications submitted for the PIDS – St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Fellowship Program in Basic and Translational Research given by the Society, selects recipients, and reviews progress reports written by awardees.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Assist PIDS representatives and/or meetings staff with pediatric sessions at the IDWeek and PAS meetings. This will include, but is not limited to, speaker introductions, meeting attendee engagement in sessions, and room counts.

Reviewers will assist PIDS representatives in the IDWeek and PAS abstract review process. This entails reviewing and scoring assigned abstracts submissions in accordance with the instructions provided by PIDS representatives and/or meetings staff. A tight turnaround for reviews (generally 7 days) is required for IDWeek and PAS abstract reviewers.

The working group will work with PIDS Staff to consider specific ways to improve the Society’s use of existing (and new) social media tools to assist in the Society’s efforts to communicate with other organizations, its members and the public.

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