The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) Foundation is on a mission to reduce the burdens of infectious diseases.
All of us are vulnerable to infectious diseases (ID), from drug-resistant superbugs to the next influenza pandemic. Since its inception, the IDSA Foundation has taken major steps to reduce the devastating impact infectious diseases has had on humanity by empowering the next generation of ID leaders, investing in research, and advocating for patient care.
We believe ID specialists are the catalyst for reducing the burdens of infectious diseases. We know by increasing the number of well-trained ID professionals for tomorrow, we are ENSURING there will be enough ID Specialists equipped to take on the next infectious disease threat.
What’s An ID Specialist
An infectious diseases specialist is a doctor of internal medicine who is qualified as an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases. Often referred to as “Medical Detectives,” these health leaders have helped to eradicate smallpox, supported the research that led to viral suppression of HIV, and stopped outbreaks like Ebola, from spreading all over the globe.
Their skills are not confined to one organ system but include expertise in infections of any kind, whether they are focusing on the sinuses, heart, brain, lungs, urinary tract, bowel, bones or pelvic organs. Infectious diseases specialists have extensive training in all kinds of infections, including those caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites.
ID Specialists also expertly train on the use of antibiotics and their potential adverse effects. An infectious diseases specialist also has additional training and understanding in immunology (how the body fights infection), epidemiology (how infections spread), and infection control.
When do you need to see an ID Specialist
Not everyone who has an infectious disease needs an infectious disease specialist. Your general internist or primary care physician can take care of most infections, but sometimes specialized expertise is needed to either diagnose or manage specific infectious diseases.