Mission: The society is an organization of physicians, scientists and other health care individuals dedicated to the promotion and recognition of excellence in research, patient care, public health, disease prevention and education in the field of infectious diseases.
Programs: Educational programs - the society educates members about the latest scientific and clinical developments in infectious diseases through an annual meeting, where colleagues present the latest scientific research and clinical state of the art findings. The meeting also includes other targeted discussions involving clinical practice and research. Discounts, travel grants, and other award opportunities are offered for members attending the meetings.
member services - idsa member services provides timely information about issues such as emerging infectious diseases, developments in relevant public policy and regulation and career development resources. Members receive three idsa medical journals as well as discounts in publishing fees in those journals.
advocacy - idsa advocates for efforts to combat antimicrobial resistance, for adequate appropriate funding for biomedical research and public health programs for infectious diseases, and addresses issues related to medicare and medicaid that support members and their patients.
in descending order of expenditures for 2014: standards & practice guidelines, hiv medical association, clinical affairs, clinical fellows, education, emerging infectious diseases network, practice exams, public health, research, research fellows.
Professional with expertise in this field
Regrettably, the Infectious Disease Society of America has published knowingly egregiously inaccurate Guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme Disease. These Guidelines have resulted in a horrific toll of iatrogenic morbidity and mortality. IDSA evinces a consistent pattern of ignoring the science and an avalanche of entreties by experts in the field to change the guidelines. Then attorney general of Connecticut (now Senator) Richard Blumenthal sued IDSA over the guidelines on antitrust grounds. A settlement agreement was reached, but IDSA has broken the terms of the agreement and it's Guidelines remain unchanged. Shameful.