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Information for Medical Education and Communication Companies

The ATS encourages Non-CME Symposia in conjunction with the ATS 2020 International Conference. These programs complement the content offered by the ATS and provide an opportunity for attendees to further enrich their learning experiences during the premier educational event for Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine professionals. While the content of these programs is the sole responsibility of the supporting company or companies, the ATS encourages programs that are scientific in nature.

The ATS welcomes non-accredited programs from our Medical Education and Communication Company (MECC) colleagues, in addition to our colleagues in industry.

The MECC application is a two-step process; The ATS declines applications not following this process.

Step 1 – Request an Acknowledgement Letter

All MECC programs require an Acknowledgement Letter from the ATS that should be included in any grant submissions. This letter provides support that the proposed program meets the rules & regulations surrounding Non-CME programs at the ATS International Conference, but is not a replacement for the ATS education grant requests.

To request an acknowledgement letter, please submit a letter on company letterhead requesting to hold a Non-CME Symposium at the ATS International Conference. Letter should be emailed to Fiona Zheng, Manager, Corporate Alliances & Exhibition Operations at fzheng@thoracic.org.

The letter should include the following:

  1. Topic/disease state
  2. A preliminary agenda
  3. Learning objectives
  4. Educational design/learning format
  5. Companies from which you plan to seek commercial support
  6. A disclaimer stating that presentations cannot offer CME/CE or any other form of professional credit, and cannot be used to create CME/CE/MOC content post-conference.

Once the request letter has been accepted and approved, the ATS provides the MECC with an Acknowledgment Letter to be included in grant submissions.

Step 2 – Submit Application

The ATS 2020 Non-CME Symposium/Industry Theater online application opens Wednesday, September 11 at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time. Applications are available at the time of opening on the ATS conference website: http://conference.thoracic.org/exhibitors/industry-programs/

Non-CME Symposia take place in conference hotels from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Sunday and Tuesday evenings during the conference. Non-CME symposia are not scheduled on the Monday night of the ATS International Conference, when the bulk of the ATS Assemblies and alumni groups hold their events.

The ATS Assemblies on Behavioral Science and Health Services Research (BSHSR) and Pediatrics (PEDS), and the Section on Genetics and Genomics hold their membership meetings on Sunday evening. If you are targeting these assemblies, you may want to select Tuesday evening to maximize your potential audience.

Application process:

  1. Applicants select the top five day and room location choices during the application process.
  2. The ATS processes and places all applications in order of receipt.
  3. All placed applicants receive details of placement and deadlines for completing the contract and downloading the invoice. Contracts are due 30 business days after receipt.
  4. Full Payment is due January 17, 2020. Programs become non-refundable after this date.
  5. A deposit is not required, but a $10,000 cancellation fee is applicable for any program cancelled after receipt of signed contract.