Dear IDSOG Members,

I am honored to write to you as the President of IDSOG, succeeding Dr. Caroline Mitchell at the culmination of the annual meeting. I would like to thank Caroline along with Dr. Pat Ramsey as the Program Chair for assembling such an engaging and productive meeting in Boston this year. The oral and poster presentations along with the industry-sponsored symposia represented the state-of-the-science in infectious diseases in reproductive health. The comradery amongst old friends and colleagues along with the eager smiling faces of those new to IDSOG was self-evident, as we all enjoyed being together in person after 2 years of virtual programming. While we all had fun at meals during the day, refreshments in the evening, and Duck Tours and Freedom Trail expeditions in the afternoons, the Friday evening banquet lived up to the legacy of IDSOG fondly called the ”Dance Party” by my children. We have a lot to do if we want to top this amazing meeting as we plan our IDSOG-50th celebration next year.

A key component to our successes this year has been the stellar team from our new management group, Status Plus. I would like to personally thank Ms. Tessa Benitez and Ms. Lenette Bender for their organizational efforts, attention to detail, and never-ending collaborative spirit. No matter what came up during the course of the meeting, they were there to manage it with grace and kindness. IDSOG is in the best of hands as we continue to push forward several of our ongoing and new initiatives.

In the coming months, you will hear from our committees on membership and communications as well as the advocacy efforts of the diversity, equity, and inclusion committee and the Women First Research Coalition lobbying activities. We will also begin more focused planning for the 50th Annual meeting in Denver next July 27-29, 2023. This meeting marked the 20th year that I’ve been a part of the Society, but I know there are many of you out there who have an even longer legacy to IDSOG story to tell. So don’t be surprised if you hear from me to recount your personal story of ‘Why IDSOG?”

I am grateful and excited to have this opportunity to help guide the Society for the next year as we recognize and celebrate 50 years of cutting-edge research, mentorship and sponsorship, and advocacy. Oh and of course 50 years of food, fun, drinks, and dancing!

Sincerely yours,
Geeta K. Swamy, MD
President, IDSOG