IDSOG

Infectious Diseases Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology

Committees

Learn about the roles and responsibilities of each of the committees below that are seeking volunteers, and contact idsog@idsog.org with any questions.


Infectious Diseases Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology Committee Descriptions

Communications Committee

Purpose:

To increase the profile and visibility of IDSOG as an organization, IDSOG members and research, training, education and policy related to IDSOG’s mission.

Composition of the Committee:

  • Up to eight (8) members
  • Chair = Council member
  • 2 Full members (all in good standing)
      - 2 new member/young investigator level / member-in-training
  • Survey new attendees, trainees and scholars after meeting
  • Includes the person designated as the Twitter Officer who is responsible for managing the Twitter account
  • 3-year term; with staggered terms and opportunity to be re-appointed for a second term

Goals:

  • Promoting IDSOG and IDSOG-related content on social media (twitter, Facebook)
  • Website updating
  • Promoting works of members – recent publications, grants, guidelines
  • Facilitating member participation in podcasts, panels, webinars, etc.

Time Commitment:

  • Quarterly phone calls – and whatever work ensues from those conversations
  • For the Twitter Officer, ideally 1-2 tweets per week, facilitated by a monthly PubMed search for IDSOG-member publications to be tweeted for content
  • Industry Relations Committee

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Industry Relations Committee

Purpose:

The IDSOG Industry Relations Committee is comprised of multidisciplinary IDSOG members who are responsible for:

  • providing direct involvement with the industry support symposium (ISS) application review process with IDSOG Staff;
  • serving as an expert resource to industry/commercial interest if additional guidance is requested related to potential ISS participation;
  • maintaining an independent relationship from any accredited education planning group(s) for the Society’s Annual Meeting;
  • actively advocating for the sponsorship sales support of all other opportunities as outlined in the annual IDSOG exhibitor / sponsorship prospectus; and,
  • ensuring all practices of this committee fall in direct alignment with the strategic goals of our organization.

Committee Composition:

Committee is composed of 3-5 maximum IDSOG members in good standing (membership dues paid to date). IDSOG Staff is the direct liaison and lead contact between industry / commercial interest contact and this committee.

Goals:

  • Ensure maintenance of the academic rigor of the industry sponsored symposium (ISS) is aligned with industry/commercial interest compliance guidelines.
  • Provide new industry support contacts given the knowledge base of each committee member; for the IDSOG staff to contact directly for potential support.
  • Serve as a medically knowledgeable eye and expert resource for the ISS applications and speaker choices to the IDSOG staff.
  • Serve as a resource to the IDSOG staff for any industry/commercial interest that may reach out for further information/guidance about appropriate speakers/topics.
  • Ensure the IDSOG staff has appropriate ideas for incorporating into the ISS application:
      - potential educational topics evolving in the Society’s field (examples below) to include as part of the ISS application form:
          • Potential personal contacts and personal “touch” messaging that the committee may have
          • Using own personal knowledge or obtaining feedback from IDSOG members on evolving items for potential educational topics

Committee Responsibilities:

  • Involvement with ISS application process
      - Review / approve application form
      - Review / approve application timeline
      - Review incoming applications; and determine final selection of accepted ISS to be held for each annual meeting.
      - Receive progress updates from IDSOG staff on an ongoing basis
  • Active advocacy for seeking support of other sponsorship opportunities as outlined in the annual exhibitor/sponsorship prospectus; with direct contact to IDSOG staff once initial email response received

Time Commitment:

  • Participate in conference calls as needed to work towards achieving the committee’s work plan and goals.
  • Committee Term: TBD by Council

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Membership Committee

Purpose:

The IDSOG Membership Committee is comprised of multidisciplinary IDSOG members who are responsible for overseeing the expansion and retention of our membership base, enhancing diversity, and enriching membership experience. Committee members also serve as society ambassadors to our members and friends.

Composition:

Shall be chaired by a member appointed by the president. Chair serves for 2 years—but can be reappointed for successive terms. Additional members (ideally 3-5) shall be composed of a diverse group of individuals:

  • Non physician member(s)
  • Encourage diverse representation
  • Ability to network across the specialty

Composition:

See purpose statement for general. Specifically:

  • Expansion and retention of membership base:
      - 5% increase over 3 years
      - Conversion of scholars or nonmember presenters to membership: 1 /year
      - Align membership criteria with goals of Society
      - Maintaining accurate reflection of active members on roster
        • Evaluate membership categories
        • Evaluate membership criteria
        • Expansion and retention of membership base
  • Value added to membership:   - Highlighting benefits of IDSOG membership to members and prospective members
      - Identify needs of membership body and trainee scholars
      - Integrate membership recruitment efforts with Communications committee
      - Ensure members and committee membership are diverse
      - Incentivize members for facilitating society growth
        • Considerations include: recognition, discounts for meeting activities
      - Ideas for “value added”
        • ListServe for floating clinical questions
        • ListServe for collaborative research
        • Searchable directory of members with research interests
        • Gwen Lazenby: clinical case discussions as a teaching tool
  • Enhance Diversity
      - Solicit submission of research from investigators from other societies to submit work to IDSOG
      - Seek out nonphysician (PhD and APRN) presenters or conference attendees for conversion to members
      - Seek out interested non-OB/Gyn presenters or conference attendees
      - Enhance engagement of trainees across spectrum of infectious diseases research/careers
  • Ambassador to Society
      - Promoting IDSOG and IDSOG membership at the annual clinical meeting and at other society meetings
      - Seek out young investigators and facilitate mentorship with established/experienced members

Committee Responsibilities:

  • Evaluate membership policies and membership qualification criteria
  • Develop programs/ strategies to recruit and sustain membership to IDSOG
  • Membership needs assessment every 3 years prior to/in conjunction with strategic plan update
  • Travel Scholarship assessment following each meeting
      - Eye toward recruitment
      - Eye toward improving travel scholars’ experience
  • Enhance value and diversity of non-OB/Gyn presenters or conference attendees and trainees across spectrum of infectious diseases research/careers
  • Ambassador to Society
  • Create a welcoming environment for all IDSOG members and guests at annual clinical meeting

Time Commitment:

  • Participate in semi-annual conference calls to work towards achieving the committee’s work plan and goals.
  • Attendance at a face-to-face meeting at the IDSOG Annual Meeting.
  • Review member applications online as needed and provide approval, concern, or disapproval.
  • Project work throughout the year as needed.
  • Committee Term: two years with the ability to extend
  • Diversity and Inclusion Committee
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism Committee

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Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism Committee

Purpose:

The IDSOG Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism Committee is comprised of multidisciplinary IDSOG members who are responsible for ensuring open and continuous communication to collaboratively consult, support and partner with those engaged in work to achieve equity, reproductive justice and anti-racism within our organization, with IDSOG’s work with other organizations and advocating for these goals for women’s health care.

Composition:

Shall be Co-Chaired by members appointed by the Society’s President. Co-Chairs will serve for 2 years—but can be reappointed for successive terms. Additional members (ideally 3-5) shall be composed of a diverse group of individuals:

  • Young member within 5 years of joining society (Non physician member(s)
  • At least one trainee (Resident or Fellow)
  • Diverse representation
  • Ability to network across the specialty

Goals:

  • See purpose statement for general.
  • Ensure society membership and committee membership are diverse and inclusive.
  • Review society policies to assure language in such documents reflect equity and inclusion and does not limit participation or diversity in any way.
  • Ability to network across the specialty
  • Periodically review and update anti-harassment policy
  • Collaborate with ACOG and other related organizations to maintain our organization’s compliance with diversity equity and inclusion standards for annual scientific programs and other virtual or in person meetings
  • Promote and advocate for policies and leaders that bridge the health disparities gap and address social determinants of health especially women’s health

Committee Responsibilities:

  • Evaluate committee membership policies and qualification criteria.
  • Work to achieve greater diversity and inclusion in our organization.
  • Bring awareness to the history of racism, bias, mistreatment of Black enslaved women, Black women, and other women of color in the name of scientific advancement.
  • Promote the conduct of research that ensures equity and anti-racism with intentional efforts to support research that ethically addresses systemic and institutional racism manifested through disparate outcomes.
  • Ensure that women’s health care is free from racism and bias.
  • Educate members about our biases and knowledge gaps as regards to DEI

Time Commitment:

  • Participate in scheduled conference calls to work towards achieving the committee’s work plan and goals.
  • Attendance at a face-to-face meeting at the IDSOG Annual Meeting.
  • Promote DEI objectives at IDSOG annual scientific meeting
  • Participate in project work throughout the year as needed.
  • Committee Term: two years with the ability to extend

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