Journal Article

Findings of the 1998 Infectious Diseases Society of America Membership Survey

Thomas G. Slama, Daniel J. Sexton, Christopher W. Ingram, Russell M. Petrak and W. Patrick Joseph

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 31, issue 6, pages 1396-1402
Published in print December 2000 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online December 2000 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1086/317492
Findings of the 1998 Infectious Diseases Society of America Membership Survey

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The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) conducted a survey in 1998 to characterize its membership and to determine their needs. The response rate was 39%. Although only 23% of the respondents spent most of their time in the field of teaching and research, 62% of the respondents listed an academic institution as their primary employer. According to survey results, 17% of respondents indicated that care of HIV-infected patients comprised one-half or more of their practices. Respondents noted shortcomings in their training as a result of recent changes in the clinical practice arena and the health care system; more than one-fourth of the respondents identified deficits in their preparation for administration, infection control, pharmacoeconomics, quality assurance, transplantation, and outcomes research. This survey discloses that the IDSA membership perceives a need for changes in IDSA-sponsored fellowship training programs and graduate educational activities.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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