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ATS 2019 Call for Input: Session Speakers

  1. Faculty Diversity: In an effort to provide a diverse faculty for the International Conference and to be inclusive, the International Conference Committee has instituted a policy by which speakers may not participate in more than three sessions during the Conference. If your proposal is accepted for the program, you may be asked to replace any faculty member that may be included elsewhere on the program.
  2. International Participation: In an effort to foster an international atmosphere at the conference and to ensure that the program content is comprehensive, you are encouraged to include 1 or 2 speakers from outside North America.
  3. Trainee/Fellow Involvement: The ATS also wishes to involve trainees and junior professionals in the International Conference program. Please consider pairing a fellow or physician in training as a co-chair with a more experienced session chair in Scientific Symposia you may be proposing.
  4. Industry-Employed Speakers: It is acceptable to include industry-employed speakers as chairs and faculty members in CME Accredited sessions, as long as their assigned topics do not relate to any business lines or products of their employers. In accordance with the ACCME, if the content of a session controlled by the industry-employed speaker relates to the business lines and products of his/her employer, the session may still be programmed, but will not be eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 CME creditä  or Nursing Contact Hours.
  5. The Tobacco Industry: Individuals who have a current relationship with a tobacco entity or have had such a relationship within the past twelve months, cannot serve as an organizer, chair/moderator or presenter for scientific symposia, workshops, Sunrise Seminars, Meet the Professor Seminars and Postgraduate Courses.(Note: if limited to personal financial holdings, divestiture at least 30 days prior to the conference is permitted; see tobacco policy for details.)