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  1. How can I submit a scientific abstract or case report to be considered for presentation at the international conference?

    The ATS 2017 Call for Abstracts and Case Reports is now open. All persons wishing to submit a scientific abstract or case report must go through the online abstract submission site. The deadline is Nov. 2, 2016.

    Please note that the login used to submit abstracts is not the same as your ATS login.

  2. Are Abstract Scholarships available for fellows and young professionals?

    Yes. To be considered for an Abstract Scholarship to the International Conference it is essential that you meet the criteria described on the ATS Travel Award site. If the criteria described on the ATS website can be met by the applicant, please proceed to check the box in the affirmations section of the online abstract submission program. If you have questions about the ATS abstract scholarship program or the criteria listed above please contact Miriam Rodriguez. The ATS also provides International Trainee Scholarships (ITS) which provide scholarship support for international trainees wishing to attend the International Conference. Each ITS includes a certificate of achievement, a cash scholarship determined by the awardees’ country of origin and level of training, and a one year ATS In-Training Membership. Each scholarship is intended to support expenses related to attending the ATS International Conference, including registration, accommodations and related daily costs such as meals and local transportation. For more information, please contact

  3. What is the difference between a mini-symposia session, poster discussion session, and thematic poster session?

    Mini-symposia sessions are oral presentations, as opposed to poster presentations. Presenting authors are asked to create a PowerPoint for a 10 minute talk, followed by a 5 minute Q&A. These sessions are smaller, with approximately 6-8 abstracts per session, and persons chairing. Poster discussion sessions do not require a slide presentation. These sessions host approximately 20-25 posters that are programed by theme and often sub-themes to facilitate smaller discussions. Posters stay up for half a day, either in the a.m. or p.m., and there is a designated time the presenting author is asked to stand by their poster so that small group discussions take place. There are approximately 2-3 chairs that are committed to ensuring the discussion portion of the session complies with the format guidelines. Finally, thematic poster sessions are all day sessions generally programmed by abstract category in subgroups so that each subgroup will be assigned to a specific facilitator. No slides are needed. There is also a viewing period where the presenting author is asked to stand by their poster for a group discussion.

  4. Does the ATS accept case report submissions?

    Yes, the ATS also accepts abstracts in the form of unique case reports. The submission and deadline for these abstracts are the same as the call for abstracts, November 2, 2016. Case reports are programmed into Poster Discussion Sessions and Thematic Poster Sessions only and are not presented orally.

  5. Does the ATS accept late breaking abstracts?

    The decision to open the abstract submission site for late breaking abstracts is made when the International Conference Committee meets in December to program abstracts. The ATS initiated the submission of late breakers for the 2010 meeting and has implemented them every year since. However, it is important to check the website to confirm whether they will be voted upon each year. If the ICC decides to accept late breakers, the submission site usually opens around mid-December and the deadline is end-of-January. The submission is for recently generated basic, translational or clinical research. Case Reports are not accepted. Abstracts are submitted to scientific categories and are reviewed, graded and programmed by the respective Assemblies.

  6. What are the other programming formats?

    Please refer to our Session Information page which details the session formats presented at the International Conference.

  7. What CME/MOC/CE is offered at the conference?

    The American Thoracic Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The designation of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ per session will be available in February and in the Final Program. Abstract sessions do not offer CME credits.

    For inquiries regarding CME credits, please email

    The ATS has Core Curriculum sessions for all three pillars – pulmonary, critical care and sleep plus a pediatric core. The ATS also prepares a Part II Self-Assessment Activity which will be submitted to the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) for consideration of ABP Part II Self-Assessment credit. Content covered in this self-assessment activities will be presented during the Pediatric Core Curriculum symposia during ATS 2017.

    For more information or inquiries regarding MOC, please send an email to

    The American Thoracic Society partners with National Jewish Health® to provide Nursing Contact Hours for selected sessions. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 12724.

    For inquiries regarding Nursing Contact Hours, please email

  8. What resources are available to help me plan my schedule for the conference?

    The Scientific Meetings and Conferences department publishes a digital advance program that lists all major sessions, including postgraduate courses, scientific symposia, clinical and critical care track sessions, year in review sessions, meet the professor seminars, sunrise seminars, thematic seminar series, and workshops. Additionally, the online itinerary builder will be available on the website and can be used to create a personal schedule for the conference. You can create a username and password to save your itinerary, or export it to your Outlook or iCal. Towards the end of April, the conference app will be available via App Store or Google Play. The app can also be used to build an agenda on your phone’s calendar. Finally, on-site the final program is distributed to registrants.

  9. Who is in charge of the program development?

    The scientific and educational program is developed by the ATS membership under the direction of the International Conference Committee. The postgraduate courses are selected by the ATS Educational Committee in conjunction with the International Conference Committee.

  10. Who do I contact at ATS for specific conference questions?

    Abstracts and General session Information

    ATS Member Information and Concierge Services

    Assembly Information

    Continuing Medical Education Credits

    Exhibit Program

    Foundation Research Benefit


    Maintenance of Certification

    Nursing Contact Hours


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