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ATS 2018 Call for Input San Diego

Deadline: June 28, 2017 (5 p.m. eastern time)
All Proposals Must Be Submitted Online Through the ATS Call for Input Website

The 2018 International Conference of the American Thoracic Society, will be held May 18-23 in San Diego, California.

The ATS is seeking input for sessions in all areas of respiratory, critical care and sleep medicine with a clinical, basic science and/or translational focus. Input should be in the form of a session proposal in any of the following types:

  • Postgraduate Course (Didactic Only)
  • Postgraduate Course (Hands On Demonstration)
  • Scientific Symposium
  • Workshop
  • Sunrise Seminar
  • Meet the Professor Seminar

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:

  1. The ATS does not permit the submission of proposals that include the presentation of information or data from an ATS Guideline that may not be approved by the time of the 2018 International Conference.
  2. This is not the Assembly Project submission site. Please click here for more information about the Assembly Projects.

CAREER DEVELOPMENT

One of the ATS initiatives is to offer program specifically geared toward the professional development of trainees, fellows and students to aid in the pursuit of successful careers in pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine and has charged the Members in Transition and Training (MITT) Committee with addressing the needs of this audience. Those wishing to propose a session which covers the advancement of the careers of young professionals in pulmonary medicine, critical care and sleep medicine are strongly encouraged to seek the input of the MITT Committee in relation to the content of your proposal prior to its submission. You may contact the MITT Committee staff representative, Elizabeth Guzman (lguzman@thoracic.org).

HEALTH CARE EQUALITY

The ATS is interested in expanding International Conference education content related to health disparities and health care equity related to gender, race, ethnicity, and economical background. For proposals relating to clinical topics, the ATS asks proposers to consider a talk relating to health care equality as it relates to pathogenesis, manifestations, treatment and reporting of lung disease, critical care medicine and sleep medicine.

CALL FOR SPECIFIC TOPICS

In addition to the general call for proposals outlined above, the ATS is seeking proposals on specific topics in certain session formats:

  • Scientific Symposia Basic Science Core
    The ATS is offering the Basic Science Core track and will consider scientific symposia proposals covering the following topic:
    • Mitochondrial dysfunction as a driver of lung disease
  • Postgraduate Course (Hands On Demonstration) Themes
    The Education Committee is putting out a special call for Postgraduate Course proposals containing a practical skills component on the following themes:
    • Echocardiography and ultrasound
    • Basic bronchoscopy and EBUS
    • Pulmonary and critical care Procedure: update and advances
    • ECMO

If your proposal deals with any of these topics, please be sure to mark it to be considered for one of the track themes above. Symposia and Postgraduate Courses covering these topics should be submitted to the appropriate Assembly for review as with all proposals. Each proposal will be reviewed by the Assembly, and if accepted, will be considered for the track by the International Conference Committee or the Education Committee.

Please follow the links below for important information related to submitting a proposal for the ATS 2018 International Conference:

SUBMITTING YOUR PROPOSAL

The International Conference Committee includes representatives of the ATS Assemblies, each of which is responsible for the review and programming of sessions in particular areas. When submitting a proposal, you will need to identify the Assembly by which you would like your session reviewed.

The proposal form is made up of several sections, each requiring differing information. Review what types of information are needed so you may collect it prior to starting your submission.



  1. You will need to log in through the American Thoracic Society Login Site.  Please follow the specific login instructions for ATS members and non-members at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Click the Create New Session link under the desired session type and proceed with completing all sections of the form
  3. You may enter the proposal submission site to prepare your proposal as often as you want; the information that you supply in your proposal will be saved when you click the Save and Continue button on each page
  4. Please review your proposal for accuracy prior to submission.  When all the required fields are complete and you are satisfied with your proposal, you may submit it by clicking the Finalize & Lock button. Once you have locked your proposal, it cannot be recalled for editing
  5. You will receive an email confirming your proposal shortly after submission.  If you do not receive the email, please contact the ATS office: dbrown@thoracic.org
  6. Your proposal must be submitted on or before Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 5:00 pm ET through the online submission process.  Proposals received after June 28 will not be considered.   Proposals received on a paper form or through email will not be considered
  7. Your proposal will be reviewed by the Assembly indicated on the form and ranked with all other proposals
  8. If your session is chosen for the program, you will be notified after the September meeting of the International Conference Committee and you will be expected to confirm your program and speakers at that time