The actual reason I was in DC: an infectious disease conference! And a photoshoot apparently! This is my new professional photo.
I took photos with all the cardboard cutouts and signs, too.
The conference (ID Week) was held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and supposedly had over 10,000 attendees.
I attended lectures and one of the socials featuring the ID Week band (made up of 15 infectious disease professionals!).
Around the convention center – lots of art pieces, cold brew on tap, and bathroom signage with briefcases.
There was also an exhibition hall featuring vendors and professional organizations.
Our favorite booth: Biofire. They had machine demos, a giant bug, and freebie surprise balls with disease figurines.
My ID Week haul! I hosted DC trivia at one of our staff meetings so I could share with my work crew.
Conferences are exhausting, but they are inspiring and get me motivated to do more good things in public health!
PSA Wash your hands well!