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Because navigating the conference can be overwhelming for first-time attendees, the ATS Members In Transition and Training (MITT) Committee and colleagues have compiled helpful resources and events for early career professionals, which will make your conference experience more enjoyable.

The Road Map for Early Career Professionals highlights core sessions and events at ATS 2017 that are designed specifically for medical students, residents, fellows, post docs, and junior faculty. Hard copies of the Road Map will be available at the Networking Exchange for Early Career Professionals, Center for Career Development, and ATS Center. We encourage you to pick one up!

The Networking Exchange for Early Career Professionals will be held on Saturday, May 20, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., in the Marriott Marquis Washington University of DC/Catholic University (Level M1). This relaxed networking event is geared toward medical students, residents, fellows, post docs, junior faculty, mentors, program directors, and ATS leadership, and is FREE to conference attendees. Appetizers and cocktails will be provided.

The Center for Career Development (CCD), a networking and career development forum for early career professionals, will be open Sunday, May 21, to Tuesday, May 23, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Hall D (Middle Building, Level 2). The CCD will offer daily complimentary breakfast and coffee, as well as career development workshops that address topics ranging from how to successfully navigate the ATS International Conference to how to get involved in government and advocacy. At the end of each day, the CCD will host a Professional Networking Hour from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. for attendees to interact with peers and more senior conference attendees over cocktails and appetizers.

The ATS 101 Orientation Session is perfect for attendees who are interested in learning more about the structure and history of the ATS. The MITT Committee invites you to attend this session on Sunday, May 21, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., in the Center for Career Development in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Hall D (Middle Building, Level 2). Appetizers and beverages will be provided. This session is free for paid conference registrants, but registration is required. To register, email Elizabeth Guzman.

The 3rd annual Building Education to Advance Research (BEAR) Cage will take place on Sunday, May 21, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., in the Center for Career Development, Hall D (Middle Building, Level 2). You are invited to join the ATS Drug Device Discovery and Development (DDDD) Committee to see the selected top three finalists competitively pitch their highly innovative research proposals to a panel of translational science experts representing academia, industry, and governmental sectors in front of a live audience. The panel, with audience participation, will vet the proposals with each presenter and ultimately award a grand prize of $5,000, as well as two runner-up proposals, each receiving $2,500.

The Early Career Researchers Group session will provide information about the publications process, publication ethics, and how to get involved in journal editorial issues. This session is FREE to conference attendees, and will be chaired by American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine Editor-in-Chief Jadwiga A. Wedzicha, MD, in the Center for Career Development, Hall D (Middle Building, Level 2), Monday, May 22, noon to 1 p.m. Light snacks will be served.

New This Year! Get Social with #ATSEarlyCareer. The ATS will host a number of new social media events this year: 

  • Two sessions in the Center for Career Development workshops will be featured on Facebook Live. The workshops featured are:
    • How to Create Podcasts and Web-Based Videos for Medical Education: Sunday, May 21, 4‒5 p.m.
    • How to Get Involved in Government and Advocacy: Monday, May 22, 11 a.m. ‒noon
  • Prize Opportunity: Dr. Thor, a “stuffed lung” will be hidden at spots around #ATS2017. Attendees are encouraged to find the lung and take a photo with it in the location they found it. At the end of the conference, ATS will present a prize to the person who posts the most photos on Instagram with the stuffed lung using the hashtag #ATSEarlyCareer.
  • Snapchat: Behind-the-scenes images and videos will be posted throughout the day on the ATS Snapchat Story. They will also be featuring a countdown to ATS 2017 in the days leading to the conference! An ATS 2017 geofilter will also be available to Snapchat users. Enable the location feature on electronic devices and “swipe right” on the Snapchat screen to use the official ATS 2017 geofilter to provide the perfect background image for your posts!
  • Use the #ATSEarlyCareer for a chance to have your “group selfies” and tweets featured on the ATS Early Career Social Media Wall located at the Center for Career Development!

The Trainee Educators ATS Camaraderie Hour (TEACH) is a social networking opportunity for fellows and early career faculty who are interested in medical education to connect with each other at the ATS International Conference. TEACH is intended to provide fellows and junior faculty opportunities to meet like-minded clinician educators to foster relationships and collaborations. Anybody interested in medical education is welcome to come to TEACH to meet new people and make new connections. TEACH is scheduled for Sunday, May 21, 5‒6 p.m. in the Center for Career Development, Hall D (Middle Building, Level 2). Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and drinks (beer, wine, soda) will be provided. Come meet the organizers:

  • Michelle Sharp MD, Johns Hopkins University
  • Lekshmi Santhosh MD, University of California at San Francisco
  • Anna Brady MD, University of Washington
  • Stephanie Maximous MD, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • Briana Short MD, Columbia University Medical Center

The American Thoracic Society invites you to a special session entitled, “Get Ahead With the Red: Let the Red Journal Help Your Career Development” on Monday, May 22, 3‒4pm, in the Center for Career Development, Hall D (Middle Building, Level 2). In this session, editors of the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology — the Red Journal — will provide an overview of how to review a paper constructively, write an effective editorial, and design and write an informative review article. At the end of the session, attendees should have a better understanding of how the Red Journal serves as a venue for publication of outstanding science, how it enhances career development of early-stage investigators, and how attendees can improve their skills related to scientific publications. Cocktails and appetizers will be provided.  This event is FREE to paid conference registrants.

In addition to taking advantage of these conference offerings, please visit the ATS Career Development for Early Career Professionals website, where you’ll find more tools and resources that will benefit you all year long!

The MITT Committee hopes you have an enjoyable experience at ATS 2017. We look forward to seeing you in Washington, DC!

If you have specific questions about how the ATS can better serve medical students, residents, fellows, and other junior professionals, please contact:

Elizabeth Guzman
Manager, Educational Projects and Early Career
Phone: 212-315-8627

Lauren Lynch
Director, Education Programs and Products
Phone: 212-315-8698

Or send an email to fellows@thoracic.org.