Ley Anne Merica and Michele Rubin, HTS Project Manager, and Licensing and Regulatory Specialist, respectively, were recently in San Diego for the APIC 2016 Spring Academy.“The conference has been very enlightening and informational. It will certainly help me become a better mock surveyor,” says Ley Anne.

APIC, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, is the leading professional association for Infection Preventionists (IPs) with more than 14,000 members. Most are nurses, physicians, public health professionals, epidemiologists, or medical technologists and many are employed in healthcare institutions. They track infection trends, plan appropriate interventions, measure success, and report relevant data to public health agencies. From their findings, they draw infection prevention practices and work collaboratively with the healthcare team to implement these safety measures. As part of their mission, members educate healthcare personnel and the public about infectious diseases, and how to limit their spread.