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New Faculty Boot Camp



The ATS would like to recognize the following 2020 New Faculty Boot Camp 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 New Faculty Boot Camp (NFBC) will be held Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16 at the 2020 ATS International Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 2020 NFBC program will target 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.  

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


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
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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
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Click here to view the agenda (coming soon)


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.
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How do I apply? 

  • At the time of their application, candidates will be asked to submit a brief personal statement detailing their previous training experiences, current position, short and long-term career goals, and how participation in the NFBC would further those goals.
  • The application deadline is February 17, 2020

What happens if I am selected?

  • Applicants selected for the 2020 NFBC will be awarded registration for the two-day NFBC course, course materials, and meals for the duration of the program.
  • Accepted NFBC applicants will be required to make their own travel and hotel arrangements

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!

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