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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 selected 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 during 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.


1. Postgraduate Course (Didactic):

  • full-day courses held on the Friday and 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 to attendees
  • hands-on equipment demonstrations are not permitted

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


2. Postgraduate Course (Skills-Based):

  • full-day courses held on the Friday and 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.


3. Scientific Symposium:

  • didactic sessions in a lecture format in all areas
  • audience response system is available upon request
  • session length: 2 hours
  • it is recommended that proposals include 4-5 speakers each speaking for 20-25 minutes depending on the topic
  • proposals may be submitted to any relevant Assembly
  • hands-on equipment demonstrations are not permitted

4. Sunrise Seminar:

  • one-hour breakfast seminars in all areas
  • the first 20 minutes of the session should be a case-based didactic discussion. The remainder of the hour should be for interchange between you and the audience.
  • usually presented by one speaker
    • Note: if more than 1 speaker is entered, it will be assumed that all speakers will co-present the seminar
  • speaker must be an instructor or assistant professor
  • 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

5. Meet the Professor Seminar:

  • one-hour lunch seminars in all areas
  • lecture presentation with time for discussion with the audience
  • the session should be planned as a case-based presentation discussing how current research influences the management of the specific clinical problem. Plenty of time should be allocated for discussion and interchange between you and the audience.
  • usually presented by one speaker
    • Note: if more than 1 speaker is entered, it will be assumed that all speakers will co-present the seminar
  • speaker must be a professor or equivalent
  • proposals may be submitted to any relevant Assembly
  • a separate registration and additional fee are required of those who wish to attend
  • registration is limited to 30 attendees
  • hands-on equipment demonstrations are not permitted