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The ATS would like to recognize the following 2020 Fellows Track Symposium recipients! Unfortunately, as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic and ensuing public health crisis currently facing the global community, all 2020 ATS International Conference activities have been cancelled. The ATS would still like to honor and recognize the awardees, please click here to view the list.

The ATS Fellows Track Symposium (FTS) at the ATS 2020 International Conference will be held Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16 in Philadelphia, PA. The 2020 FTS program will allow adult and pediatric fellows in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine programs to attend two-day course covering cutting edge topics in the field of respiratory medicine.


If you have questions about award criteria or eligibility, please contact:

Rebecca Fisch


  • The FTS provides pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine fellows (adult and pediatric) who are enrolled in an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-accredited, U.S. training program with an orientation to the sessions most relevant to them at the ATS 2020 International Conference in Philadelphia, PA. The FTS will include faculty presentations on clinical issues related to the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep disorders, including IPF, COPD, lung cancer, asthma, and sleep apnea. The FTS will also feature an ultrasonography dinner symposium.
  • The FTS will again include a pediatric track, which will include faculty presentations relevant to a pediatric career in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine (asthma in children, pediatric cystic fibrosis, and pediatric hypertension).
  • FTS participants will have the opportunity to interact with world-renowned faculty speakers and leading experts in informal settings during meals and breaks.
  • Each topic discussed during the symposium will correspond to specific sessions and poster presentations at ATS 2020.
  • The ATS will require all participating fellows to participate in the audience response system to assess knowledge and learning.
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The FTS will allow fellows to:

  • Maximize educational experience of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine at the ATS 2020 International Conference.
  • Synthesize and discuss current and emerging trends in the pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine.
  • Integrate up-to-date, cutting edge information into the diagnosis and management of clinical care pathways in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine.
  • Interpret clinical implications of case studies reviewed during expert panel discussions.
  • Enhanced core competencies in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine to improve patient care.
  • Apply new skills, standard-of-care clinical behaviors, and evidence-based best practices in their daily medical practice.
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2020 FTS agenda will be available soon.


Who is eligible to apply?

  • Every ACGME-accredited, U.S.-based training program is invited to designate one pulmonary, critical care, or sleep fellow (adult or pediatric) per program to attend the FTS.
  • More than one fellow per institution may apply. However, after the first applicant, additional fellows will be placed on a waiting list. If additional slots remain, ATS will contact those fellows on the waiting list. Program directors: to nominate more than one fellow per program, please email Rebecca Fisch (rfisch@thoracic.org) and list the fellows in order of preference (i.e., 1st, 2nd, 3rd) within the email.
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How do I apply? 

  • Please note: New this year, we do not need a recommendation letter from your program director. A completed online application is all that is needed

How are applications accepted/received?

  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
  • The application deadline is February 17, 2020.
  • The ATS will accept one fellow per training program; however, more than one fellow per program may apply and will be put on a waiting list. Based on the number of applications received, the ATS may award more than one fellow per program.

What happens if I am selected?

If a fellow is selected for the 2020 FTS, he/she will be awarded:

  • Registration for the two-day FTS course.
  • Complimentary conference registration to ATS 2020.
  • Meals for the duration of the FTS program.

Do I need to register/attend the ATS International Conference?

Yes, accepted fellows still need to register and attend the ATS International Conference. Attendance at the conference is mandatory and a fellow's inability to stay for the duration will jeopardize receiving the award. Registration will open in early December .

What is a FTS post report?

Each selected fellow is required to submit a formal evaluation to ATS describing:

  1. How did the transition from the 2020 Fellows Track Symposium to the ATS International Conference further your professional knowledge?
  2. How did you apply or will you apply this knowledge to your daily practice to improve patient care?
  3. Please describe, in your opinion, the major highlights of the 2020 FTS and International Conference.
  4. What topic or learning format did you feel was not sufficiently represented at the Fellows Track Symposium?
  5. Did you attend any of the sessions below? (Included in the form)

This report is due later no later than Wednesday, June 10, 2020.

2018 Fellows Track Symposium Highlights Book
2017 Fellows Track Symposium Highlights Book
2016 Fellows Track Symposium Highlights Book

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