-Romeo and Juliet
This just in (to me at least)...for the second year running APIC members have cast ballots in favor of changing their name to "Association for the Prevention of Infections”, replacing the original “Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology" yet they did not achieve the necessary two-thirds majority to change the name. Thus, APIC will have the same meaning at least for another year. For some reason, I've always thought APIC stood for "Spreading knowledge Preventing infection TM," so I'm a bit relieved that it doesn't.
Recently, I heard that there's been a debate as to what the 2012 combined SHEA-IDSA meeting should be called. Someone told me that they wanted to name it "ID Week" not to be confused with "National Pet ID Week," or "Protect Your ID Week (October 17-23)" or even "ID Weak." I suspect SHEA members will not like that name as it buries Hospital Epidemiology and not all people involved in SHEA activities see themselves as "Infectious Disease." One nice suggestion I heard was that the meeting name should incorporate SHEA, HIVMA, IDSA and the ASTMH, the tropical medicine society. Somehow that seems about right.