Fellows Track Symposium


Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

The ATS is very excited to announce the launch of the ATS Fellows Symposium (FTS) at the 2013 International Conference in Philadelphia. The 2013 FTS program will allow for travel scholarships to pulmonary, critical care and sleep fellows to attend a two-day course covering cutting-edge topics in the field of respiratory medicine.

The FTS is supported by educational grants from Underwriting Supporter Genentech, Educational Supporters
Actelion Pharmaceuticals, US, Inc.; AstraZeneca LP;
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

In-Kind Support has been provided by SonoSite Inc.


  • The ATS FTS will provide pulmonary, critical care and sleep fellows who are enrolled in an ACGME-accredited, U.S. training program with an orientation to the sessions most relevant to them at the ATS 2013 International Conference in Philadelphia.
  • The FTS will include 17 faculty presentations on clinical issues related to the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of pulmonary, critical care and sleep disorders, including sepsis, COPD, lung cancer, asthma, and pulmonary arterial hypertension. The FTS will also feature four breakout sessions and one ultrasonography dinner symposium.
  • FTS participants have the opportunity to interact with world renowned faculty speakers and leading experts in informal settings during meals and breaks.
  • Each topic discussed during the symposium will correspond to specific sessions and poster presentations at ATS 2013.
  • As part of the registration process, the ATS will require participating fellows to take a pre-test to assess their knowledge, allowing faculty members to customize the program to specifically address weaknesses or gaps in learning.

The 2013 FTS will allow fellows to:

  • Maximize their educational experience of pulmonary, critical care and sleep at the ATS 2013 International Conference;
  • Synthesize and discuss current and emerging trends in the pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine;
  • Integrate up-to-date, cutting-edge information into the diagnosis and management of clinical care pathways in pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine;
  • Interpret clinical implications of case studies reviewed during expert panel discussions;
  • Utilize enhanced core competencies in pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine to improve patient care;
  • Apply new skills, standard-of-care clinical behaviors and evidence based best practices in their daily medical practice.

Course Chair

  • Deborah Shure, MD

Pillar Co-Chairs

  • Pulmonary: Carolyn Welsh, MD, University of Colorado
  • Critical Care: Neil MacIntyre, MD, Duke University
  • Sleep: Barbara Phillips, MD, University of Kentucky

Official Program Agenda


Who is eligible to apply?

  • Every ACGME-accredited, U.S.-based training program is invited to designate one pulmonary, critical care or sleep fellow per program to attend the FTS.
  • More than one fellow per institution may apply. Second fellows will be placed on a waiting list. If all slots are not filled by ATS will contact those fellows on the waiting list.

How do I apply?

  • Each FTS applicant must have their program director submit a letter of support detailing why their fellow should be accepted into the prestigious 2013 FTS program. This letter should be one-page maximum and uploaded via the ATS FTS online application portal.

How are applications accepted/received?

  • The ATS will accept one fellow per training program; however, more than one fellow per program may apply and will be put on a waiting list. The ATS will award more than one fellow per program based on the amount of applications received.

What happens if I am selected?
If a fellow is selected for the 2013 FTS, he/she will be awarded:

  • A travel scholarship to attend the 2013 International Conference. If travel to the conference presents a staffing issue or conflict, then unfortunately the fellow will not be eligible.
  • Meals for the duration of the FTS program.
  • Accepted FTS fellows are required to make their own hotel and travel arrangements.

Do I need to register / attend the ATS International Conference?
Yes, accepted fellows still need to register and attend the ATS international Conference. Attendance at the International Conference is mandatory and a fellow’s inability to stay for the duration will jeopardize receiving the award.

2013 International
Conference Registration Rates
On or before
March 12
March 13-
April 15
April 16-
May 22

Trainee – ATS Member




Trainee – Non Member




What is a FTS post report?
Each selected fellow is required to submit a formal report to ATS describing:

  1. The professional knowledge they gained from attending the 2013 ATS FTS and the International Conference and,
  2. How they’ve applied this knowledge in their daily practice.

This report is due later no later than Friday, June 21, 2013.

If you have questions about award criteria or eligibility, please send an email to fellows@thoracic.org or call Elizabeth Guzman 212-315-8627 or Lauren Lynch at 212-315-8698.