Education is a pillar of the MSGERC's mission.  An important part of the MSG mission statement declares: Education - Championing excellence and innovation in the development and delivery of evidence-based medical knowledge in invasive fungal disease management for patients globally.  The MSGERC sets an annual educational agenda based on current evidence in mycology and collaborates with the education committee and educational consultants to organize a variety of shared learning activities that meet the learning needs of infectious disease specialists, adult and pediatric internists, pharmacists, health care practitioners, and researchers. MSGERC educational offerings may range from high-level international forums, “air lifted” educational conferences and symposia and enduring activities providing web-accessible continuing medical education. These programs are generally for practitioners aiming to provide the best prevention, diagnosis and treatment of invasive fungal infections in normal and immunocompromised patient populations.

Doctor Fungus Website

The DoctorFungus website was launched in the early 2000s and featured at the 41st Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC), December 2001.  The original website was spearheaded by Dr. John Rex and a team of collaborators from 3 continents and a dedicated web designer.  Over the last decade, the site became dormant.  In 2016 MSGERC relaunched the website under a new design and branding.  With the initial sponsorship by Astellas, the site is publicly available at  This website features key updated encyclopedic features of the original site and includes Case of the Month.   To submit a case of the month, contact Peter G. Pappas, MD 

MSGERC Biennial Meeting

The MSGERC hosts a conference every two years whereby the fungal "state of the science" is presented by key opinion leaders in pre-clinical, veterinary, clinical areas.  The MSGERC Biennial Meeting provides an opportunity to generate new research concepts to address current and emerging unmet needs.  During this meeting academic investigators, junior investigators/fellows, private infectious disease practitioners, industry and government members join together for these common aims.  

MSGERC Education Initiatives

The Mycoses Study Group Education and Research Consortium (MSGERC) builds on its thirty-eight year legacy of scientific and academic expertise in mycology to collectively understand the needs of healthcare professionals in the field of mycology, institutions and companies worldwide. These include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Maintaining the desired level of expertise in a wide range of topics related to pre-clinical and clinical applications in mycology
  • Staying abreast of all cutting edge trends in mycology research for the prevention, diagnosis and disease management globally
  • Working endlessly to diagnose, treat and alleviate invasive fungal infections
  • Working to educate providers with state-of-the-art methods for treating invasive fungal infections

The MSGERC works with infectious disease key opinion leaders who have a broad range of expertise in a wide variety of patient populations, including oncology, rheumatology, pediatrics, HIV, and tropical medicine.  During its Biennial Meeting, the MSGERC invites key opinion leaders to present current pre-clinical, genomic, epidemiologic and clinical lectures addressing Endemic Mycoses, Cryptococcosis, Candidiasis, and Aspergillosis.  Each set of lectures is followed by facilitated discussions.  Video-taped lectures are featured on the MSGERC Youtube channel, Doctor Fungus website, and CDC Websites to disseminate information and learning opportunities.


The MSGERC works in tandem with key CME providers Terranova Medica, LLC  and University of Nebraska Center of Continuing Education, School of Medicine.

Many CMEs are currently available at the MSGERC Continuing Education Portal


The MSGERC has disseminated findings from its multiple studies and activities through presentations at meetings and publications in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters.  A list of MSG Publications can be accessed on the Scholarship page.

Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) Clinical Practice Guidelines 

Upcoming Meetings of Interest

For your convenience, we have listed upcoming meetings for 2018.  You may see some of our members on the agenda.T

Meeting Dates URL Location
AAA - Advances against Aspergillosis Feb 1-3, 2018 Lisbon, Portugal
ASM Conference on Candida Apr 15-10, 2018 Providence, RI
ASM Microbe Jun 7-11, 2018  Atlanta, GA
ICHS- International Immunocompromised Host Sociaty Jun 17-19 , 2018 Athens, Greece
ISHAM Jun 20-July4, 2018  Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Molecular Mycology  Jul 30-Aug 15 Woods Hole, MA
MSGERC BIENNIAL MEETING Sept 25-28, 2018 Big Sky, MT
ID Week Oct 3-7, 2018 San Francisco, CA USA
CHEST Oct 6-10, 2018  San Antonio, TX
ASH Nov 28-Dec 4, 2018 San Diego, CA

Important Links

In addition to our long-standing commitment to generating educational outreach, MSG-member scholarly activities continue to contribute to awareness and education of mycology topics and treatment guidelines globally, including:


MSGERC Education Committee Members

George Thompson, MD, Chair (US)

John Baddley, MD, Co-Chair (US)

Barbara Alexander, MD (US)

David Andes, MD (US)

John Bennett, MD (US)

Helen Boucher, MD (US)

Oliver Cornely, MD (DRG)

Graeme Forrest, MD (US)

Alison Freifeld, MD (US)

Susan Hadley, MD (US)

Dimitrios Kontoyiannis, MD (US)

Bart-Jan Kullberg, MD (NL)

Olivier Lortholary, MD (FR)

Marcio Nucci, MD (BR)

Luis Ostrosky-Zeichner, MD (US)

Peter Pappas, MD (US)

Tom Patterson, MD (US)

Monica Slavin, MD (AU)

Luis Thompson, MD (CH)


Carolynn Thomas Jones, DNP, MSPH, RN, (MSGERC Executive Director) (US)

Lisa Tushla, PhD (Educational Consultant)

Tom Davis (Educational Consultant)

Lois Colburn (Educational Consultant)

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