Outgoing President’s Message

Audrey N. Schuetz, MD, MPH, D(ABMM)

It was an exciting year serving as NYC ASM president. I enjoyed getting to meet so many of you and working with the Council on your ideas on how to improve the Society.

We instituted electronic payment for membership and meeting registration via PayPal this year, which has received a lot of positive feedback. We hope that this will better allow us to track members over time and avoid the delays associated with checks. Thanks to all of you who were the early testers of that system!

Our webpage is also receiving a face-lift and will be fully mobile app-friendly, so that you can check out the latest on NYC ASM while out at a coffee shop or browsing during lunch break. We will continue to post important microbiology related educational and informational topics on our website.

In the laboratory arena, we faced a lot this past year with the 2016 IQCP deadline and emerging newer technologies and laboratory automation. Much focus has been placed on the impact of microbiology technologies on patient outcomes, which I believe is a move in the right direction for hospitals and institutions. We look forward to seeing how these issues impact each of our laboratories.

We encourage all of you to not only join NYC ASM, but also to become members of National ASM. In becoming National ASM members, you are supporting the microbiology field as a whole, while becoming a part of a worldwide microbiology community. Benefits of membership include access to list serves such as DivCNet (Division C) and ClinMicroNet, where you have the opportunity to discuss relevant issues with your peers from across the world and, in so doing, have access to a wealth of information.

I am sending a special good-bye and thank you to all of you. As many of you know, I have moved from New York City to take a microbiology laboratory directorship position at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. I enjoyed working with you and wish you the best. Please stay in touch.