Written by: Janet Gilsdorf, MD, FPIDS

As 2015 slips behind us, it’s a good time to reflect on the many successes of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society over the past year.

  1. Our journal, JPIDS, was accepted for MEDLINE indexing, meaning easier discovery of our papers. Indexing is retroactive, so all past papers now appear in MEDLINE.
  2. The results of the first phase of the “Value of PID as a Subspecialty” initiative were presented at the 2015 PAS meeting and a paper, documenting how our colleagues in pediatric medicine view us, is in the final stages of preparation. The second phase, a systemic review of pediatric ASPs was published in JPIDS in Dec 2015 (E-publ Jan, 2015). The third phase of the initiative (which includes an outcomes study of children with pneumonia and osteomyelitis, with and without PID consultation) is currently underway. These tools will be useful to our members in negotiating for resources with hospital leaders.
  3. St. Jude/PIDS Pediatric Infectious Diseases Research Conference is the crown jewel of research conferences in our specialty. The 15th Annual conference will be held in Memphis March 4-5, 2016, with an outstanding array of speakers. The St. Jude/PIDS Pediatric Transplant ID Symposium on March 3, 2016, will precede the conference in Memphis.
  4. Our Society is actively engaging with sister societies (ESPID, WSPID, SLIPE, ANZPID) in a number of ways that bring a rich, global perspective to our members.
  5. Many committees of the Society are focused on devising new ways to attract potential PID fellows to our specialty.
  6. PIDS continues to offer fellowship research awards to our trainees and we announce the establishment of two new awards sponsored by AstraZeneca for 2016.

What can you do for our Society to be an even greater success?

  1. Maintain your membership (by paying your dues) and consider making a contribution to the PIDS Education and Research Foundation
  2. Encourage your colleagues and trainees to join the Society
  3. Volunteer for service on one of the many, important committees of the society
  4. Read, promote, and submit your best research articles to JPIDS (which is now MEDLINE indexed)
  5. Attend meetings sponsored by PIDS
  6. Serve as an enthusiastic role model to medical students and residents who may chose PID as a specialty