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Information for Medical Education and Communication Companies

The ATS encourages Non-CME Symposia in conjunction with the ATS 2018 International Conference. These programs complement the content offered by the ATS and provide an opportunity for attendees to further enrich their learning experiences during the premier educational event for Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine professionals. While the content of these programs is the sole responsibility of the supporting company or companies, the ATS encourages programs that are scientific in nature.

The ATS welcomes non-accredited programs from our Medical Education and Communication Company (MECC) colleagues, in addition to our colleagues in industry.

The MECC application is a two-step process; applications that do not follow this process will be declined.

Step 1 – Request an Acknowledgement Letter

All MECC programs require an Acknowledgement Letter from the ATS that should be included in any grant submissions. This letter provides support that the proposed program meets the rules & regulations surrounding Non-CME programs at the ATS International Conference, but is not a replacement for the ATS education grant requests.

To request an acknowledgement letter, please submit a letter on company letterhead requesting to hold a Non-CME Symposium at the ATS International Conference. Letter should be emailed to Shannon Payne, Manager, Corporate Alliances & Exhibition Operations at spayne@thoracic.org.

The letter should outline:

  1. The topic/disease state
  2. A preliminary agenda
  3. Learning objectives
  4. Educational design/learning format
  5. Companies from which you plan to seek commercial support

All presentations should be scientific in nature and cannot offer CME/CE or any other form of professional credit, and cannot be used to create CME/CE/MOC content post-conference.

Once the request letter has been accepted and approved, the ATS provides the MECC with an Acknowledgment Letter to be included in grant submissions.

Step 2 – Submit Application

ATS 2018 Non-CME Symposium online application opens Tuesday, September 19 at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time. Application is available at the time of opening on the ATS conference website: http://conference.thoracic.org/exhibitors/industry-programs/non-cme-symposia.php

Non-CME Symposia take place in conference hotels from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Sunday and Tuesday evenings during the conference. Non-CME symposia are not scheduled on the Monday night of the ATS International Conference, when the bulk of the ATS Assemblies and alumni groups hold their events.

The ATS Assemblies on Behavioral Science and Health Services Research (BSHSR) and Pediatrics (PEDS), and the Section on Genetics and Genomics hold their membership meetings on Sunday evening. If you are targeting these assemblies, you may want to select Tuesday evening to maximize your potential audience.

Application process:

  1. Applicants select the top five day and room location choices during the application process.
  2. All applications are processed in order of receipt and placed by the ATS.
  3. All placed applicants receive details of placement and deadlines for completing the contract and downloading the invoice. Contracts are due 30 days after receipt.
  4. Full Payment is due January 19, 2018. Programs become non-refundable after this date.
  5. A deposit is not required, but a $10,000 cancellation fee is applicable for any program cancelled after receipt of signed contract.
  6. Funds cannot be applied to other opportunities.

Extend the life of your program:

The ATS offers sponsors of Non-CME Symposia and Industry Theater Symposia the opportunity to archive their video/audio taped presentation for 6 months on the ATS Store under the Best of the ATS Conference page. Contact Stacy McManus at smcmanus@thoracic.org for more details.