MSGERC Educational Outreach

The MSGERC sets an annual educational agenda based on current evidence in mycology and collaborates with the education committee and educational consultants to organize a variety of shared learning activities that meet the learning needs of infectious disease specialists, adult and pediatric internists, pharmacists, health care practitioners, and researchers. MSGERC educational offerings may range from high-level international forums, “air lifted” educational conferences and symposia and enduring activities providing web-accessible continuing medical education. These programs are generally for practitioners aiming to provide the best prevention, diagnosis and treatment of invasive fungal infections in normal and immunocompromised patient populations.


MSGERC Education Initiatives

The Mycoses Study Group Education and Research Consortium (MSGERC) builds on its thirty-eight year legacy of scientific and academic expertise in mycology to collectively understand the needs of healthcare professionals in the field of mycology, institutions and companies worldwide. These include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Maintaining the desired level of expertise in a wide range of topics related to pre-clinical and clinical applications in mycology
  • Staying abreast of all cutting edge trends in mycology research for the prevention, diagnosis and disease management globally
  • Working endlessly to diagnose, treat and alleviate invasive fungal infections
  • Working to educate providers with state-of-the-art methods for treating invasive fungal infections


The MSGERC works with infectious disease key opinion leaders who have a broad range of expertise in a wide variety of patient populations, including oncology, rheumatology, pediatrics, HIV, and tropical medicine.  During its Biennial Meeting, held on even years; the MSGERC invites key opinion leaders to present current pre-clinical, genomic, epidemiologic and clinical lectures addressing: Endemic Mycoses, Cryptococcosis, Candidiasis, and Aspergillosis.  Each set of lectures are followed by facilitated discussions.  During the 2016 Biennial Meeting of the MSGERC in Asilomar (September 20-23, 2016), over 30 video-taped lectures will be featured on the MSGERC, Doctor Fungus and CDC Website to disseminate information and learning opportunities.


MSGERC Biennial Meeting

The MSGERC hosts a conference during every even year whereby the fungal "state of the science" is presented by key opinion leaders in pre-clinical, veterinary, clinical areas.  This MSGERC Biennial Meeting provides an opportunity to generate new research concepts to address current and emerging unmet needs.  During this meeting academic investigators, junior investigators/fellows, private infectious disease practitioners, industry and government members join together for these common aims.  The inaugural meeting was held in 2016 at Asilomar State Park Grounds in Pacific Grove, California.  You can view lectures from that meeting at the MSGERC Clinical Mycology Today 2016 Proceedings.

Stay tuned for the MSGERC 2018 Biennial Meeting on September 24-28, 2018 in BIG SKY, MO.


Doctor Fungus

One aim of MSGERC is to re-launch the Doctor Fungus website.  The DoctorFungus website was launched in the early 2000s and featured at the 41st Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC), December 2001.  The original website was spearheaded by Dr. John Rex and a team of collaborators from 3 continents and a dedicated web designer.  Over the last decade, the site became dormant.  In 2016 MSGERC began the process of relaunching the website under a new design and branding.  With the initial sponsorship by Astellas, the site is soon to be publicly available, this comprehensive MSGERC educational site will be located at: http://msgercdoctorfungus.com.  This website will feature the key updated encyclopedic features of the original site and include a new feature: 



CMEs

The MSGERC works in tandem with key CME providers: 

Currently Available CMEs via FUNGUSCME.ORG

Other Online Educational Content (CME no longer available):


Publications

The MSGERC has also disseminated findings from its multiple studies and activities through presentations at meetings and publications in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters.  A list of MSG Publications can be accessed on the Scholarship page.


Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) Clinical Practice Guidelines 


Upcoming Meetings of Interest

For your convenience, we have listed upcoming meetings for 2017-18.  You may see some of our members on the agenda.T

CONFERENCES

 

Dates

Location

ICCC2017

10th International Conference on Cryptococcus and Cryptococcosis

March 20-26, 2017

Iguazu Falls, Brazil

SHEA Spring 2017

Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America

@shea-online.org

March 29-31  2017

St Louis, MO USA

ASM MICROBE 2017

American Society for Microbiology

@ASMicrobiology

June 1-5  2017

New Orleans, LA USA

7th International Coccidioidomycosis Symposium

Coccidioidomycoses Study Group

 Abstracts due June 20, 2017

August 10-13  2017

Stanford, CA  USA

TIMM 2017

Trends in Medical Mycology

@TIMM_cc

Abstracts Opened Jan 2017 – June 2017

October 6-9  2017

Belgrade, Serbia

ID Week 2017

Infectious Disease Society of America

@IDSAInfo

Abstracts due May 2017

October 4-8  2017

San Diego, CA USA

CHEST2017

American College of Chest Physicians

@accpchest

 

October 28 – November 1, 2017

Toronto, Canada

ASH Annual Meeting 2017

American Society of Hematology

December 9-12  2017

Atlanta, GA  USA

ISHAM 2018

International Society for Human and Animal Mycology

@ISHAM_Mycology

Abstracts due on March 1, 2017

June 30- July 4 2018

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

MSGERC2018

2nd Biennial Meeting of the Mycoses Study Group Education and Research Consortium

September 24-28  2018

Big Sky, MO  USA


Important Links

In addition to our long-standing commitment to generating educational outreach, MSG-member scholarly activities continue to contribute to awareness and education of mycology topics and treatment guidelines globally, including:

 

MSGERC Education Committee Members

George Thompson, MD, Chair (US)

John Baddley, MD, Co-Chair (US)

Barbara Alexander, MD (US)

David Andes, MD (US)

John Bennett, MD (US)

Helen Boucher, MD (US)

Oliver Cornely, MD (DRG)

Graeme Forrest, MD (US)

Alison Freifeld, MD (US)

Susan Hadley, MD (US)

Dimitrios Kontoyiannis, MD (US)

Bart-Jan Kullberg, MD (NL)

Olivier Lortholary, MD (FR)

Marcio Nucci, MD (BR)

Luis Ostrosky-Zeichner, MD (US)

Peter Pappas, MD (US)

Tom Patterson, MD (US)

Monica Slavin, MD (AU)

Luis Thompson, MD (CH)

Consultants

Carolynn Thomas Jones, DNP, MSPH, RN, (MSGERC Executive Director) (US)

Lisa Tushla, PhD (Educational Consultant)

Tom Davis (Educational Consultant)

Lois Colburn (Educational Consultant)

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