Outgoing President’s Message

Maria E. Aguero-Rosenfeld, MD

Dear NYCASM Members,

It has been a great pleasure and honor to have served as the president of the NYCASM during the past year. The NYCASM is one of the two largest branches of ASM in the country, and we are proud to have the continuing support of our members. Our Branch is run by a group of dedicated microbiology directors and other microbiology professionals who volunteer their time in serving our society, while still maintaining their very busy careers .

During the past 8 years as a clinical laboratory Director in NYC, I had the opportunity of working with a very fine group of fellow microbiology directors. Their support and collegiality have been instrumental in allowing me to lead our branch during this past year.

The main purpose and goal of the NYCASM is to provide opportunities for education and for updating the knowledge of our NYC Clinical Microbiology community. We accomplish this by having two annual symposia to which we bring speakers of national and international reputation who are experts and leaders in their field, and this past year was no exception. This would not have been possible without the generous monetary support given by the leading manufacturers of microbiology instruments, devices and reagents. Their support allows the NYCASM to keep membership and symposia costs affordable for our membership.

We encourage you to continue your support of our organization and maintaining it’s viability by being a sustaining member, and to encourage other colleagues to join and enjoy the benefits of membership.

Whether it be an emerging pathogen such as the multidrug-resistant Candida auris, or a new laboratory technology or methodology, we hope to continue bringing you speakers who will broaden our knowledge of our discipline which is always evolving. We appreciate your suggestions for future topics of interest, and hope to present them at future meetings.

I hope that we will continue in fulfilling the mission of our society and look forward to seeing you at the future NYCASM symposia and activities.