Infectious Disease Community of Practice (IDCOP)

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2023-2024 Executive Committee

Chair: Aruna Subramanian (2024)
Co-Chair: Ricardo La Hoz (2024)
Board Liaison: Raymund Razonable (2024)
Cathy Logan (2024)
Meenakshi Rana (2024)
Marcus Pereira (2025)
Julie Steinbrink (2025)
Madeleine Heldman (2025)

Early Career Member-at-Large: Courtney Harris (2024)

AST Staff Liaison: Anne Kreiss (

Mission Statement (revised March 2022)

The mission of the AST ID COP is to lead the Transplant Infectious Diseases community by fostering academic collaboration, developing clinical guidance and educational materials, promoting diversity and inclusion in the field, and mentoring the future leaders in transplantation.

2022-2023 Initiatives

Engage the community through work on meaningful initiatives that are addressed by different workgroups (outside of the executive committee).

  • Multidrug Resistant Organism (MDRO) Workgroup:
    • 1) Complete and submit the MDR Pseudomonas lung transplant manuscript,
    • 2) Complete data analysis and prepare manuscript for LVAD MRSA infection,
    • 3) Complete data collection and analysis for GNB infection in LVAD, and
    • 4) Complete data analysis and prepare manuscript for CRE in SOT
  • HIV Workgroup to complete manuscript for HIV kidney transplant project and work on two new proposals.
  • Transplant in Older Adults Group projects to be started:
    • 1) Frailty and infections in MCS undergoing transplant, and
    • 2) Lung transplant infections in older recipients
  • ASP Workgroup:  Complete a new project proposal.
  • Quality Improvement Workgroup:  Refresh objectives and continue project on vaccination.
  • Pediatric Workgroup: Peds ID journal club planned for Twitter.
  • ID Library Workgroup: Continue to monitor use and update content. Plan to work with AST staff to move to a platform that can measure deliverables.
  • Education Workgroup:
    • 1) Disseminate fellows, graduates, and program director surveys,
    • 2) Curate educational content materials, and
    • 3) Develop a program for medical education.
  • Organ donor evaluation will be sent to submit Controversies Conference proposal and run conference if accepted.
  • Continue ID COP-specific mentoring program.
  • New workgroup on Xenotransplantation to prepare and publish white paper.

Submit at least one idea for an educational opportunity (either through an ATC program proposal or another mechanism).

  • Submitted two T3 topic proposals for 2022-2023.
  • Submit Donor Evaluation Controversies Conference proposal.
  • Submit Transplant in 10 Educational video suggestions.
  • Develop ATC 2023 Program Proposals.

Create content that serves the community and the AST at large, such as guidelines, white papers, journal clubs, etc.

  • White paper on Xenotransplantation is planned.
  • Continue to submit suggestions for the AST/AJT Journal Club.
  • Provide responses for AST regarding UNOS Public Comment documents and other requests.
  • Continue to update COVID-19 documents and participate in COVID-19 town halls/webinars.

Ensure COP mission statement and strategic plan are aligned to AST strategic vision and demonstrate progress on the strategic plan in subsequent years.

  • Continue to align, especially with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Assess member educational needs with input from the education committee.

  • Will plan initiatives based on recent needs assessment.
  • Work with Education Committee to supply suggestions for Journal clubs, Webinars and Transplant in 10 videos.
  • Work with Education Committee on updating Comprehensive Trainee Education.

Maintain repository of resources for community membership (such as COP online library).

  • EC will continue to develop website resources for COP membership including article of the month and updating research and educational project page.
  • Continue to maintain
  • Continue Twitter presence.

Nominate members for the AST Board and other leadership positions within AST.

  • EC will continue to nominate members for AST Board, ID COP EC, and other leadership positions and awards on an annual basis.

Provide opportunities for the membership to network/collaborate throughout the year (outside of ATC).

  • Network and collaboration will be encouraged via website/Hub and annual meeting at IDWeek, CEoT, and ATC.

Encourage members to suggest initiatives and share ideas through the online communities.

  • Open call for new initiatives will be held at ATC 2022 and online through the Hub.

Actively sustain COP-to-AST membership conversion and growth of the COP and AST.

  • Joint reception at ID Week 2022 is a vehicle to recruit COP and AST membership, followed by active recruiting of participants following the meeting by members of the ID COP EC
  • Continue to send welcome emails including the member survey to all new ID COP members.

Provide regular updates to the COP membership (minimum of once per quarter) and to the Board.

  • Chair will continue updates to COP membership via newsletter three times per year with intermittent announcements via the Hub.
  • Chair will continue to provide regular updates to the Board.


The AST IDCOP has compiled a list of ID-related Fellowship Training Opportunities, updated yearly, for the benefit of its members. If you would like to browse the available opportunities or post a clinical or research position for physicians-in-training, please visit the "Fellowship Training Opportunities In Transplant Infectious Diseases" page on the AST website for more information.