Dear Colleagues,

Yes, I know. COVID-19 cases are surging in communities across the United States. But just for a minute, let’s take a break and celebrate some of the other exciting work that is happening in our community of PIDS.

Pediatric Transplant and Oncology Infectious Diseases is a wonderful new resource that covers the must-know principles for diagnosing and managing opportunistic infections in immunocompromised populations and detailed aspects of their care. It includes details not covered in other pediatric infectious disease and oncology texts, and practical algorithms that busy clinicians will find useful. I use this book at least once a week when I am attending on the transplant service. The editors of this book include Bill Steinbach, MD, Michael D. Green, MD, MPH, Marian G. Michaels, MD, MPH, Lara A. Danziger-Isakov, MD, MPH, Brian T. Fisher, DO, MPH, MSCE, all of whom are PIDS members. Bill, a former PIDS Board member, provided a discount code, FLYER20, that you can use to save 20%.

In other good news, Judy Guzman-Cottrill, MD has been named the Curriculum Director for the Leadership in Epidemiology, Antimicrobial Stewardship, and Public health (LEAP) Fellowship program. Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this one-year fellowship aims to foster the next generation of infectious diseases leaders in public health, hospital epidemiology and antimicrobial stewardship, giving them the hands-on experience they’ll need to lead and collaborate across these disciplines of healthcare. Two of the four fellows named this year are pediatricians. Sophie Katz, MD, MPH is an assistant professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University and the Associate Director of Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship there. Daniel Dodson, MD is a pediatric ID fellow at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Please join me in thanking Judy for her leadership of this program, and congratulating Sophie and Daniel on being selected as recipients for this year’s program. Look for updates about their projects in future communications.

Finally, I am thrilled to announce that we have two new staff members at PIDS. Jessica Whitley will primarily be responsible for the PIDS' membership database, volunteer coordination, member relations and governance management. Stephanie Baynes will be responsible for digital communications and website management. Both Jessica and Stephanie bring valuable experiences and perspectives to our team. I hope you will make them feel welcome.

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