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13 December 2016

Dear colleagues,

The new 2016 HIV/AIDS guidelines published by the European AIDS Clinical Society are available here.

The parity commission posted a new entry in its blog about the impact baby breaks may have on women’s professional career.

Best regards, your ESCMID communications editors


ESCMID course on bloodstream infections in Nice

The postgraduate education course from 28 – 31 March 2017 targets 20 to 60 microbiologists and infectious disease specialists who want to get updated knowledge of the theoretical and practical aspects of current and advanced diagnosis and management of bloodstream infection (BSI). Speakers will present advanced technologies to improve disease management in a context of challenges including multi-drug resistant pathogens as well as new approaches including molecular detection tools or biofilm or anti-infective lock therapy in catheter-associated BSI. Find out more about the programme, grant application and registration timelines.

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CMI highlight: validation of SOFA score in sepsis-3 definitions

The sepsis-3 definitions generated controversies regarding the general applicability of its recommendation defining organ dysfunction as 2-point increase in the sequential organ failure assessment (SOFA) score. Researchers of the Hellenic sepsis study group validated the recommendations with an emphasis on the quick SOFA (qSOFA) score. They studied 3,346 infections outside the ICU and 1,058 infections within the ICU. Their analysis positively validated the use of the SOFA score to predict unfavourable outcome and to limit misclassification into lower severity. However, the analysis also showed that the qSOFA score had inadequate sensitivity for early risk assessment.

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UEMS recognizes new CME/CPD activities for accreditation

The European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS)’s European Accreditation Council for continued medical education (EACCME) has published new criteria for the recognition of educational activities. Medical specialists may as of 2017 receive EACCME credits for educational activities and/or activities promoting their continuing professional development (CPD). New activities include the publication and editorial review of an article in a peer-reviewed journal as well as a presentation at an accredited educational event.

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