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 The ATS Center will highlight Society resources, host events such as the Women’s Forum, Diversity forum, Public Advisory Roundtable programming and advocacy-based webinars, and provide opportunities for connection. The Center will also offer custom Zoom backgrounds to personalize the attendee conference experience, provide resources to help attendees reset and refocus through guided meditation and accessible yoga, and encourage attendees to have some fun by taking on the San Diego Sleuth challenge. Additional details to come.

All content will continue to be available on-demand through July 2. Please click here to register.


Saturday, May 15, 2021


Women's Forum

4:30 - 5:30 p.m. EDT, Saturday, May 15, 2021
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The annual ATS Women's Forum recognizes the achievements and supports the advancement of women in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine and research. The forum provides a valuable opportunity for women to find value in the inspirational messages and career insights the speakers share.

Our Keynote speaker this year is Michelle Ng Gong MD, MS Chief, Division of Critical Care and Pulmonary Medicine at the Montefiore Medical Center Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Gong will share her career insights with the audience.

We will also recognize and hear remarks from the 2020 recipient of the Elizabeth A. Rich Award, Eileen Collins, PhD, RN, ATSF.  The Elizbeth Rich Award is presented to an outstanding woman in ATS who has made significant contributions in the fields of pulmonary, critical car and sleep medicine.

The forum is organized and presented by the ATS Membership Committee, and its chair Clement Ren MD, MBA, ATSF.

Sunday, May 16, 2021


Diversity Forum

1:30 - 2:30 p.m. EDT, Sunday, May 16, 2021
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The annual ATS Diversity Forum focuses on diversity within the fields of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine and research. All ATS Members are invited to attend this event to find inspiration and valuable career insights.

The goal of this year’s Diversity Forum is to provide attendees with a greater awareness and understanding of how diversity is incorporated into the ATS values and to inspire attendees to take steps to improve diversity at their own institutions.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the history of diversity efforts at the ATS
  2. Know the current activities and initiatives at the ATS directed at promoting diversity
  3. Describe specific interventions that can be undertaken at the leadership level that will lead to measurable improvements in diversity in respiratory medicine

The Diversity Forum’s Keynote this year is Dr. Hannah Valantine who recently returned to Stanford as Professor of Medicine after retiring this fall from the NIH as the Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity.  Dr. Valantine will share her comprehensive strategy for promoting inclusiveness and equity throughout the biomedical research enterprise, specifically the NIH.

The Diversity Forum is organized and presented by the ATS Membership Committee and will be hosted by its Chair Clement Ren MD, MBA, ATSF and Vice Chair Meshell Johnson, MD.