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Registration to the 2022 New Faculty Camp is now closed. The deadline to apply to the NFBC was February 22, 2022. Notification about the outcome of this program will be emailed end of month. If you have any questions about the program or the application process, please send an email to Liz Guzman (lguzman@thoracic.org).

The ATS New Faculty Boot Camp (NFBC) at the ATS 2022 International Conference will be held Friday, May 13 – Saturday, May 14, 2022 in San Francisco, CA.

If accepted to this program, there will be a $200 fee to attend.

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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, and 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 NFBC is designed for trainees and early faculty members transitioning to academic positions in pulmonary, critical care, or sleep research and education. 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. To do so, the NFBC employs didactic lectures, interactive small group discussions, and hands-on sessions. Previous Boot Camps have focused on the following topics:

  • Promotion and tenure
  • Dealing with academic and professional challenges
  • 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 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 thrive despite 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, 2022. 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 experiences, interests, and career path fit with the NFBC’s specific goals and programming. In the event of ties, 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 lguzman@thoracic.org


Thank you for your interest in being part of ATS’s New Faculty Boot Camp! We are excited to help support you by providing the skills and professional network necessary to ensure your academic success!