New Faculty Boot Camp

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Thank you for interest in the New Faculty Boot Camp! Unfortunately, we will not be accepting new applications for the 2021 NFBC. This is to accommodate participants previously accepted into the 2020 NFBC, which was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This decision was not taken lightly, but was made in order to try and provide a worthwhile virtual version of the NFBC, which centers on small group, interactive discussions, to our previously accepted participants. We will make selected elements from the 2021 NFBC available online to all interested members. We also welcome you to apply for the 2022 NFBC, and to consider joining us for our other early-career focused programs.


The ATS New Faculty Boot Camp (NFBC) program targets members in training, including clinical fellows, post-doctoral and research fellows, or research faculty who are within a year of transitioning to their first academic faculty position. This program will allow fellows and postdoctoral researchers who are active in basic, translational, and clinical research in pulmonary, critical care, or sleep medicine to attend a two-day course covering specific knowledge and skills for the difficult and disruptive transition from training to faculty.  




The NFBC will equip participants with skills for the difficult and disruptive transition from fellowship and post-doctoral training to independent positions as a faculty member. Specifically, the NFBC is designed for trainees and early faculty members transitioning to academic positions in pulmonary, critical care, or sleep research and education. The NFBC employs didactic lectures, interactive small group discussions, and hands-on sessions focused on the following topics:

  • Promotion and tenure
  • Academic resilience
  • Professional communication
  • Working with trainees
  • Time management and efficiency
  • Personal finance
  • Writing, publishing, and peer review
  • Grant development
  • Setting up a new lab and hiring a research team
  • Research dissemination
  • Opportunities for involvement in ATS



The NFBC will allow participants to:

  • Identify specific career expectations and metrics for promotion and tenure
  • Describe strategies for achieving these metrics while thriving as early career faculty members
  • Gain skills for leading teams in clinical and research settings
  • Network with peers and a dynamic group of course faculty



Who is eligible to participate?

  • Members in training, including clinical fellows, post-doctoral and research fellows, or research faculty who are within a year of transitioning to their first academic faculty position in a US or Canada based academic institution.
  • In total, we will accept 50 applicants, including 25 applicants for the clinician track (including clinicians and clinician-scientists) and 25 applicants for the non-clinician track (including post-doctoral and research fellows).
  • We expect to receive more qualified applications than there are positions. In the event that this happens, we will select among qualified applicants at random with the goal of ensuring broad representation of academic institutions, interests, and career paths, and in accordance with the American Thoracic Society’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.



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


Thank you for your interest in being part of ATS’s New Faculty Boot Camp! We are excited to help you with the difficult transition from trainee to faculty and provide you with the training and career development to ensure your academic success!