Networking and Special Events

SHEA International Breakfast
SHEA Epi Competition Breakfast
Foundation Dinner at SHEA Spring 2017
SHEA Women in Epi Breakfast

SHEA Mentorship Program

The SHEA Mentorship Program which is designed to create a strong networking community; providing and enhancing the SHEA membership experience at all levels. Our goal is to form relationships that can carried forward beyond the SHEA Spring meeting.

The SHEA Mentorship Subcommittee will select the mentees and appropriately pair them with a mentor. All mentees and mentors must register to attend the SHEA Spring 2017 Conference.  Applications CLOSED February 1, 2017. 


The program will continue through out the entirety of 2017. SHEA requires that all mentees and mentors participate in the following activities:

  • Attending the Mentorship Program Breakfast Wednesday, March 29 at SHEA Spring 2017 to meet mentors and other SHEA leaders.
  • Meeting with your mentor to discuss science, career development, and networking opportunities.
  • Attending session(s) of common interest with your mentor during SHEA Spring 2017.
  • Optional interaction during SHEA Spring 2017, such as attending Posters during Lunch

Prospective mentees who are either experienced or new SHEA members are welcome to apply. Your Mentor will provide you with the benefit of their career experience, vision, advice, and planning in order to further your own career aspirations. Mentees may consider this program for a variety of reasons:

  • Considering a career in healthcare epidemiology?
  • Looking to get more involved in SHEA?
  • Looking to expand their network of like-minded colleagues?

Prospective mentors should be seasoned healthcare professionals.  Mentors can expect to build a connection that can help build a budding career. All mentors must apply to be considered. Mentors may consider this program for a variety of reasons:

  • Looking to share your knowledge and experience with others?
  • Looking to expand your network of like-minded colleagues?
  • Want to build long lasting relationships?
  • Want to help build a stronger SHEA Membership?  

All mentors and mentees will be highlighted in the SHEA Spring 2017 Conference Final Program. 

SHEA International Breakfast

Wednesday, March 29
7:00 – 7:50 a.m.

All International attendees & SHEA Leadership are invited to attend this international networking opportunity. This is a time for International members to share and actively participate in conversations on implementing infection prevention best practices and knowledge. This networking event serves as a vehicle for international members to work together to identify the gaps in meeting the needs of infection preventionists and other healthcare professionals outside of the United States. This breakfast is open to anyone interested in learning more about International infection prevention.


SHEA Epi Project Competition Breakfast

Thursday, March 30
6:30 – 7:50 a.m.

SHEA is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2017 SHEA Epi Project Competition. They are:

  • Jason P. Burnham, MD, Washington University in St. Louis
    • Readmissions and mortality after multidrug resistant infections: the impact of various definitions of multidrug resistance
  • Margaret Fitzpatrick, MD, MS, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and Center of Innovation for Complex Chronic Healthcare Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital
    • Antifungal stewardship strategies among Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America Research Network facilities
  • Sara Keller, MD, MPH, MSHP, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
    • Home-based outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT): Learning about Central Venous Catheter complication prevention when patients are the providers
  • Eric Lofgren, PhD, Washington State University
    • Examining the Role of Stochasticity on Hospital Infection Rate Evaluation Metrics
  • Daniel Markley, DO, Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center
    • Current Geographic Trends in Antimicrobial Consumption Including a Novel Anti-Pseudomonal Use Metric in United States Veterans Affairs Hospitals

The SHEA Epi Project Competition identifies bright and dedicated early investigators with a MPH, PhD or MD degree within 5 years of completion of training in the field of healthcare epidemiology research. Winner(s) of the competition receive up to $20,000 for project grants funded by the SHEA Research and Education Foundation.  The competition is organized by the SHEA Research Committee.

The finalists were selected by a panel of reviewers from a highly competitive field of submissions prior to the conference. They will deliver a 3-5 minute oral presentation of their proposal at the conference on March 30 at 7:00 am in Ballroom DE.  These presentations will be scored by a panel of judges. Winner(s) will be selected and announced based on the combined proposal submissions and oral presentation scores. The judges will deliberate and the winner will be announced at the March 30 1:30 pm plenary session. Judges have the option of awarding multiple grants to multiple winners of the competition if more than one novel proposal meets or exceeds the expectations of the competition, and the combined budgets fall within the $20,000 award limit.

Foundation Dinner at SHEA Spring 2017

Dr. Safdar

Dr. Safdar

Dr. Mermel

Dr. Mermel

Dr. Maki

Dr. Maki

Thursday, March 30
6:00 – 9:30 p.m.
James S. McDonnell Planetarium at the Saint Louis Science Center

We invite you to join your fellow colleagues for a delightful evening for fun, entertainment, and thought provoking presentations!  This year we are thrilled to have three generations of mentors and mentees with Dennis Maki, MD,  Leonard A. Mermel, FACP, FIDSA, FSHEA; and Nasia Safdar, MD, PhD, to give insight on their relationships and how it has benefited their careers collectively and individually.  

Additional Ticket Purchase Required when Registering. 

SHEA Women in Epi Breakfast

Friday, March 31
6:30 – 7:50 a.m.

Women in the field of Healthcare Epidemiology are encouraged to attend a Women’s only breakfast during the conference. Women are increasingly entering the field of hospital epidemiology, but have had few opportunities to meet and discuss the challenges. This event is designed to facilitate networking and mentoring among women who have succeeded in Hospital Epidemiology and those who are still in training or are junior in the field.  This break fast will be a chance to connect with your peers and hear from SHEA women leaders.  We hope to see all the women attendees there!

Networking Lunch and Poster Presentations

Selected abstract posters will be displayed at all Networking Lunches. There will be time during each lunch session to visit and explore the posters. More information as the schedule is finalized.