The American Thoracic Society’s International Conference is one of the largest gatherings for pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine professionals in the world. For those starting their careers or have recently transitioned to a career in pulmonary, critical care or sleep, the International Conference is a great opportunity to learn more about the field. The following are some ways the ATS supports fellows and junior professionals:
- 2013 Fellows Track Symposium – The ATS is pleased to announce the availability of the ATS Fellows Symposium (FTS) at the 2013 International Conference in Pennsylvania. This program will allow fellows to attend a two-day course designed to cover cutting-edge topics in the field of respiratory medicine.
- ATS Scholarships for Trainee Professionals – Each year the ATS offers several travel award programs that are specifically developed to bring fellows and younger professionals to the International Conference. The ATS offers the Minority Trainee Travel Award, the Resident Travel Award, the International Trainee Travel Award and the Assembly Career Development Awards.
- Career Development Exchange – The Exchange is a welcome event for residents, fellows, post docs and other junior professionals and takes place on Saturday following the Opening Ceremony. This one-hour event allows attendees to network and mingle with peers as well as provides information at the start of the conference. This event includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.
- Career Development Symposium: Achieving Success in Academic Medicine During Uncertain Times – This Symposium will provide perspective and skills for trainees and junior faculty interested in research careers within academic medicine. Specifically, this Symposium will impart concrete skills regarding identifying, applying for, and obtaining public (e.g. National Institutes of Health) and private (e.g. industry) funding. The increasingly collaborative nature of science will also be explored, with emphasis on collaborative and consortium funding mechanisms. The future uncertainty of academic medicine will be tempered with a historical perspective of the recent equally uncertain past. Finally, skills important to overall success in academic medicine will be incorporated into the Symposium, with particular emphasis on time management skills. This session is developed by the Members in Transition and Training Committee (MITT).
- Center for Career Development (CCD) – The CCD is a networking and career development forum for physicians and other healthcare and research professionals who are in training or have transitioned in their careers. The CCD hosts a variety of workshops specifically geared on tackling such topics as how to get a job, mentoring and negotiating a contract.
- Fellows Case Conference – The 2013 fellows case conference will consist of unique cases presented and discussed by fellows with a panel of clinical experts to moderate the discussions and provide commentary. Selected cases will include clear clinical, radiographic, and pathologic findings. The discussion will yield important teaching for both fellows and seasoned clinicians.
- Road Map for Professionals in Transition and Training – the Road Map is a pocket booklet that highlights core sessions that residents, fellows, post docs and junior professionals may be interested in. It was developed in an effort to make navigating the conference easier for first-time attendees as well as maximize the overall experience.
If you have specific questions about how the ATS can better serve fellows and junior professionals at the International Conference, please contact Elizabeth Guzman, Assistant Manager, Educational Projects and Young Professionals, at 212-315-8627 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.