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International Participants Center


Sunday, May 19 - Tuesday, May 21 • 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday, May 23 • 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas
Hall B (Level 2)

All International participants are invited to visit the ATS 2019 International Participants Center during their time at the International Conference. The Center is designed to enhance the conference experience for participants from outside North America, as well as provide opportunities for all participants to become more knowledgeable about ATS international activities. The Center also provides a place to meet with colleagues, network, or just relax during your time at ATS 2019. While at the ATS International Participants Center, visit with the ATS International Activities Staff from the Washington Office or make use of the Center amenities including:

  • Computer stations to access your email and the Internet.
  • Complimentary snacks, coffee, and soda.
  • Space to meet with colleagues, network, or relax.

Workshops Held in the IPC

1. Careers in Low Resource Settings and Global Health

Sunday, May 19 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Chairing:Beth Riviello MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
Danny Obaseki, Department of Medicine, Obafemi Awolowo University

This interactive session will provide early career professionals an invaluable opportunity to interface and network with pulmonary & critical care faculty with established global health careers and researchers from LMICs. Panelists will include both junior and senior faculty from high income countries and low- and middle-income countries and will highlight different pathways to establishing partnerships and building an academic career in global health.

At the end of the session the participants should be able to:

  • Understand different strategies to develop a successful career in academic global health.
  • Understand barriers and facilitators to establishing partnerships in global health.
  • Have an opportunity to network with established global health faculty.

2. Grant Writing for Beginners: How to Write a Strong Proposal and Receive Funding

Monday, May 20 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Chairing: Juliana Ferreira, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
Cecilia M Patino, University of Southern California, USA

This seminar is open to any MECOR Program graduate interested in learning specific skills on how to write competitive grants for ATS Foundation awards, and/or any Investigators currently working in low and middle-income countries who are interested in learning about the grant writing process. At the end of the session the participants should be able to:

  • To describe and summarize basic components of a grant proposal.
  • To describe specific grant strategies for writing a successful application for the ATS Foundation Awards.
  • To formulate a list of common characteristics, grant reviewers look for in competitive grant proposals.

3. Writing for an Effective Response to Reviewers and Getting Your Study Published

Tuesday, May 21 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Chairing: Cecilia M Patino, University of Southern California, CA
Juliana Ferreira, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

All MECOR graduates and international participants interested in learning about the process of writing an effective response to reviewers of peer-reviewed journals are invited to join. At the end of the session the participants should be able to:

  • Recognize the importance of evaluating the reviewer´s comments in an objective way and use them to improve the manuscript for resubmission.
  • Describe the steps of a standardized approach to respond to each comment politely and effectively.
  • Write a cover letter that communicates to the editor and the reviewers that the authors thank the opportunity to get feedback and revise their manuscript.

International Participants Reception- Mark Your Calendars!
Reception for International Participants

A networking event is taking place at the International Participants Center in recognition of international participants attending the ATS 2019, and to honor this year's International Trainee/MECOR Scholarship Awardees. It will be held from 4:15 – 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 21, and open to all international participants, current and former International Trainee/MECOR award recipients, and their colleagues. The Reception will also recognize the 25th anniversary of the ATS MECOR program and all MECOR graduates and are encouraged to attend and enjoy the MECOR celebration.