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8 May 2018

Dear colleagues,

Education Manager Thomas Greif will leave ESCMID tomorrow after almost seven years at the society. We thank Thomas for all his hard work and commitment and wish him all the best in his career. We welcome William Caddy from Australia to the office team. William, who holds a master of pharmacy, will take over Thomas’ tasks. ESCMID is currently seeking applications from qualified candidates for the position of a Junior Accountant / Administrator to replace Agnès Combebias, who left the society at the end of April.

Your ESCMID communications editors


ESCMID Summer School in Paris from 1 – 7 July 2018

During the one-week course postgraduate and continuing medical education participants may enjoy excellent lectures by renowned experts in the field and network with peers in a relaxed setting. The programme covers a broad range of topics in clinical microbiology and infectious diseases and will interest young medical doctors at the end of their specialty training as well as biologists, pharmacists, PhD students and postdoctoral fellows working in the infection field.

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You may now apply for ESCMID/ECDC observership programme

Early- to mid-career scientists with ten or less years of full-time employment (not including training) may now apply for an observership visit at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in Stockholm, Sweden. The five-day programme takes place from 3 – 7 September 2018. The goal of the programme is to familiarise observers with surveillance, epidemic intelligence systems and key outputs including risk assessments, scientific advice and laboratory network activities. Application from candidates with a proven interest in public health, e.g. a degree, research interest or experience, are accepted until 30 May 2018 at 12.00 noon CET. Members may apply via the ESCMID website.

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CMI highlight: decision-support models for antibiotic selection in BSIs

MacFadden et al assessed if readily available electronic medical records could be used to predict the success of antibiotic therapy in patients with Gram-negative bloodstream infection, which are often caused by antibiotic-resistant pathogens. They evaluated a total of 1,832 patients with Gram-negative bacteraemia in the U.S. and Canada. Compared to antibiogram-guided therapy, decision-support models of antibiotic selection incorporating individual patient characteristics and prior culture results have the potential to increase use of narrower-spectrum antibiotics while reducing inadequate therapy. The researchers conclude that multivariable models using readily available epidemiologic factors can be used to predict antimicrobial susceptibility in infecting pathogens with reasonable discriminatory ability. The implementation of sequential predictive models for real-time individualized empiric antibiotic decision-making promise to help optimize adequate coverage for patients while minimizing overuse of broad-spectrum antibiotics.

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Registration deadline for ESCMID MDR course in Beijing is 11 May 2018

ESCMID is organizing a postgraduate education course about multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) and colistin resistance on 25 and 26 May 2018 in Beijing, China. Clinical microbiologists, infectious disease specialists, public health specialists, or training physicians in infectious diseases may learn about infection control, therapy and rapid diagnosis of MDROs as well as colistin resistance. The registration deadline is 11 May 2018, and you have time until 27 April if you want to apply for an attendance grant.

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