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Applications to the 2024 New Faculty Boot Camp is now closed.  If you have any questions about the program or the application process, please send an email to

The ATS New Faculty Boot Camp (NFBC) will accept 80 participants to participate in a two-day course held prior to the ATS 2024 International Conference in San Diego, California. Please note, all Early Career Program (ECP) live courses are invitation only. Completing the online application does not guarantee a spot in the ECP course.  ATS Staff will confirm your participation via email in March 2024.

The ATS New Faculty Boot Camp (NFBC) program is designed for members in training, including clinical fellows, post-doctoral and research fellows, or early career faculty who are within a year of transitioning to their first academic faculty position. Applicants should be active in basic, translational, or clinical research, medical education, or other academic roles in pulmonary, critical care, or sleep medicine. Participants will be invited to attend a two-day course featuring a national group of experts sharing knowledge and skills specific to challenges faced during the transition from training to faculty.

The goal of the program is to equip participants with actionable strategies for navigating the challenging transition from fellowship and post-doctoral training to independent positions as a faculty member. We offer 3 main tracks within the program to cater to specific careers: physician-scientist, clinician-educator and primary research tracks. Track-specific and general interest sessions will be offered to build leadership and teaching skills, develop effective time-management strategies, and collaborate effectively to accelerate bench-to-bedside research translation. To accomplish this, the NFBC employs didactic lectures, interactive small group discussions and hands-on sessions. The NFBC is an intensive and immersive program that offers a fantastic opportunity for national networking with leaders in the field and like-minded colleagues and peers and aims to provide critical information not often covered during training. We encourage researchers, clinician-scientists and clinician educators to apply for this outstanding program!

The NFBC will allow participants to:

  • Identify milestones for promotion and tenure specific to one’s career pathway
  • Describe actionable strategies for achieving these milestones
  • Gain skills for leading teams in clinical, research, and other academic settings
  • Develop a plan to manage challenges common to early career faculty
  • Form lifelong relationships with a talented group of peers and network with 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. This includes applicants who will be in their first year of their first academic faculty position at the time of the Boot Camp in May 2024. Applicants should be active in basic, translational, and clinical research, medical education, or other academic roles in pulmonary, critical care, or sleep medicine.

We expect to receive more qualified applications than there are positions. Personal statements will be reviewed and scored based on how well the candidate’s leadership potential, experiences, interests, and career path fit with the NFBC’s specific goals and programming. The selection process will also aim to achieve a goal of ensuring broad representation of academic institutions, interests, and career paths, and in accordance with the American Thoracic Society’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

How do I apply?

  • Applications are now open.
  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
  • The deadline to apply to the NFBC has been extended to March 4th, 2024.
  • ATS staff will confirm your participation in early March.

What happens if I am selected?

  • If you are attending the International Conference, then the registration fee for the ECP course will be waived for the two-day NFBC course if attending the ATS International Conference.
  • If you do not attend the ATS International Conference, there will be a $210 fee to attend this 2-day course.
  • ATS will provide meals for the duration of the NFBC program.
  • Accepted NFBC applicants are required to make their own travel and hotel arrangements.
  • All applicants must complete pre and post evaluations for this course.

Questions: If you have any questions, please send an email to