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The ATS conference sessions use a standard lecture learning format accompanied by PowerPoint slide presentations. The use of an audience response system to engage the audience is available upon request for certain session types.

The Postgraduate Course (Skills-Based) is the only session type that includes the live hands-on demonstration of equipment. Live hands-on equipment demonstration is not permitted for any other session type. If you plan to submit a didactic Postgraduate Course proposal, with or without breakout rooms, please change your Session Type to a Postgraduate Course (Didactic).

Any request for the incorporation of a unique learning format or additional audio-visual equipment systems must be discussed with the ATS at the time of session approval, prior to any additional planning, and reviewed for compliance with ACCME Standards, feasibility and cost. Failure to disclose additional requirements may result in the rejection of your session.

The content of your proposal will be reviewed by the Assembly and ranked within the context of all other proposals.


  • full-day courses held on the Friday or Saturday prior to the Conference
  • should be a more comprehensive, organized review of knowledge, rather than of recent advances only
  • learning format: includes didactic lectures and general discussions presented with the aid of PowerPoint slides
  • proposers are encouraged to incorporate active learning techniques (such as ARS), panel discussions, small group discussions, and breakout sessions.
  • room is set in a classroom layout
  • audience response system is available upon request
  • course length: 8 hours including time for lunch and breaks (half-day courses are not permitted)
  • it is recommended that proposals include 14 or fewer speakers
  • a separate registration and an additional fee are required of those who wish to attend
  • proposals may be submitted to any relevant Assembly for initial review, with final determination by the ATS Education Committee
  • for approved courses, each faculty member must provide material for a course book which will be distributed virtually to attendees
  • hands-on equipment demonstrations are not permitted

Please read the Criteria for Postgraduate Courses prior to submitting your proposal.


  • full-day courses held on the Friday or Saturday prior to the Conference
  • should be a more comprehensive, organized review of knowledge and include equipment and procedure hands on-demonstrations
  • learning format: practical skills segments providing the learner with hands-on skill learning of equipment and procedures. Over 50% of the course curriculum must be allocated to hands-on skills.
  • lecture portion of the course is set in a classroom layout
  • audience response system is available upon request
  • course length: 8 hours including time for lunch and breaks (half-day courses are not permitted)
  • for each practical skills station, the proposal must include the title/topic, number of participants per station, station rotation plan, proposed faculty assigned to each station
  • it is recommended that proposals include 14 or fewer speakers
  • a separate registration and an additional fee are required of those who wish to attend
  • proposals may be submitted to any relevant Assembly for initial review, with final determination by the ATS Education Committee
  • For approved courses:
    • each faculty member must provide material for a course book which will be distributed virtually to attendees
    • course chair will be asked to provide a detailed equipment and possible vendor list and a floor plan for the demonstration portion of the course
    • chairs and faculty will be expected to attend a pre-course orientation on the day before the course

Please read the Criteria for Postgraduate Courses prior to submitting your proposal.


  • didactic sessions in a lecture format in all areas
  • audience response system is available upon request
  • session length: 90 minutes
  • it is recommended that proposals include 3-4 speakers each speaking for 15-20 minutes depending on the topic
  • It is also recommended that some time be allotted to questions from the audience
  • proposals may be submitted to any relevant Assembly
  • hands-on equipment demonstrations are not permitted

The Meet the Expert is a new session type combining the programming formerly offered by the Sunrise Seminars and Meet the Professors Seminars. These sessions offer a platform for direct interaction with recognized leaders in specific fields. The Meet the Expert sessions will replace the Sunrise Seminars and Meet the Professor Seminars.

  • one-hour sessions in all areas
  • the presentation should have a real-world focus, either clinical or research, that can be a basis to stimulate interchange with the audience.
  • the presentation will take place at the beginning of the session and it is recommended that the presentation run no longer than 20-30 minutes.  The remainder of the hour should be for interchange between you and the audience.
  • usually presented by one speaker but a maximum of two speakers can be considered if they constitute an integrated team that is necessary to meet seminar objectives.
  • Speaker Criteria: speakers may be recognized experts in specific fields or emerging independent academics, researchers, clinicians, and technology or procedural experts. You will need to identify your proposed speaker(s) in the proposal:
    • established, peer-recognized experts at or above the level of assistant professor (or equivalent). These seminars typically feature one speaker, but a maximum of two speakers can be considered. Note that the ATS acknowledges that position titles can differ between institutions, countries as well as disciplines. For this reason, these definitions should be treated as a guide.
    • emerging independent academics, researchers, clinicians, and technology or procedural experts. Though fellows and trainees can participate as co-speakers, an early career independent professional, including technology or procedural experts, should lead the seminar.
  • proposals may be submitted to any relevant Assembly
  • a separate registration and an additional fee are required of those who wish to attend
  • registration is limited to 30 attendees
  • hands-on equipment demonstrations are not permitted