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A Look Back at ATS 2019 Dallas

ATS 2019 took us to the great American Southwest city of Dallas, Texas, where we dived into the hottest topics impacting pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. Take a look back at some of the highlights from ATS 2019 Dallas:

Best of ATS 2019

Playbacks of 111 Best of ATS 2019 sessions are now available. If you couldn’t join us in Dallas or weren’t able to make it to certain sessions while you were there, catch up on what you missed!

ATS 2019 Registrants: You have one year of FREE access to these Best of ATS sessions, so don’t miss this opportunity to get more value out of your conference registration! For access, log in to your ATS account via the ATS Store, then click “Account” at the top of the page, followed by “Free Conference Sessions.”

Content for Clinicians and Scientists

We have an expansive list of Postgraduate Courses from ATS 2019 now available for purchase. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned pro with advanced skills, these courses give you valuable insights into the latest research discoveries, as well as tools to help sharpen your diagnostic skills.

You can also access Scientific and Clinical Sessions, available as on-demand and downloadable webcasts and audio files.

Coming Soon! New Continuing Education Products

We’ll soon have a selection of 2019 Continuing Education Products available, including the new CME/MOC webcast packages covering a wide range of critical care topics. In the meantime, check out the 2018 products.

ATS Members: One of many benefits of your membership is FREE, on-demand access to select Continuing Education Products! For access, simply log in to your ATS account via the ATS Store.

You can also purchase on-demand webcasts and audio for Select Sessions and Track Packages.

Sharon Rounds, MD, Named 2019 Breathing for Life Awardee

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More than 650 guests came together at the 11th Annual ATS Foundation Research Program Benefit to recognized Sharon Rounds, MD, with its highest honor — the Breathing for Life Award — for her philanthropy, scientific achievement, and commitment to mentorship. Learn more about Dr. Rounds’ achievements and contributions.

More Than $655,000 Raised at the ATS 2019 Foundation Research Program Benefit

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The Benefit also raised more than $655,000 from corporate, medical institution, and individual supporters with proceeds supporting research grants for young investigators! In 2019, the ATS Foundation will fund more than 30 awards, including unrestricted research awards in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine; research partner awards; and awards for outstanding alumni from the Methods in Epidemiologic, Clinical, and Operations Research (MECOR) program. Since 2004, the ATS Foundation Research Program has provided $19.3 million in grants to more than 263 investigators who have gone on to secure $330 million in federal funding. Thank you to our corporate, medical institution, and individual supporters for your generosity!

Attendees Walked to Support Research

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If you’ve attended the ATS International Conference before, you know that there is a LOT of walking involved. The ATS Walking Challenge encouraged attendees to stay active during the conference by tracking their steps to help raise funds for the ATS Foundation Research Program. For every participant who walked 30,000 steps, the Walking Challenge sponsor, Mylan, Inc., donated $100 to the program, for a total maximum donation of $50,000.

Many thanks to the more than 1,800 participants and the generosity of Mylan, Inc. in helping to reach our goal of $50,000!

Combating Physician Burnout

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In order to provide our attendees with a few moments of calm during the hustle and bustle of conference, we offered several relaxation-inducing activities at the Restoring Joy in Health Care booth in the Exhibit Hall. In addition to spending some time with the ever-adorable therapy dogs, attendees also had the chance to sound off on burnout on the graffiti wall and magnetic poetry wall. We also had Zen gardens and artists boards onsite to help further stimulate peace and relaxation.

Physician burnout is becoming increasingly common among health care providers, so the ATS is working to shine a spotlight on the topic with resources focused on battling and reducing burnout while emphasizing the importance of physical wellbeing. Keep an eye out for our series of forthcoming burnout-focused podcasts and Twitter chats, and be sure to check out these wellbeing resources.

Key Findings of Landmark Studies Announced

The ATS International Conference serves as a forum for researchers to release key findings and scientific discoveries. At ATS 2019, findings for 23 studies were announced, with topics ranging from COPD exacerbations and web-based intervention, to the affect of e-cigarettes on the body’s ability to fight flu, to how bacterial pneumonia predicts ongoing lung problems in infants hospitalized for acute respiratory failure, and more. Read up on the research findings announced at ATS 2019.