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Registration to the 2022 ATS Resident Boot Camp is now closed. If you have any questions, please send an email to Lauren Lynch ( The deadline to apply to the RBC lottery was January 26, 2022.

If accepted to this program, there will be a $200 fee to attend. Attendees will be provided with complimentary trainee conference registration to ATS 2022 San Francisco as well as complimentary ATS membership for one year.


The ATS Resident Boot Camp is a two-day in person course for internal medicine and pediatric residents (as well as chief residents and hospitalists) scheduled for Friday May 13th and Saturday, May 14th, 2022, in San Francisco, California (Moscone Convention Center). The Boot Camp is for fellows who have matched into a fellowship program for July 2022.

The goal of the Boot Camp is to prepare fellows entering an adult or pediatric pulmonary or critical care fellowship with the information, confidence and knowledge needed to flourish on the first day of fellowship. The course will include large and small group breakouts and hands-on workshops. The Boot Camp recruits the best faculty from across the country to teach at this course.

Plans related to the 2022 ATS Boot Camp may change based on information on the Covid-19 pandemic. The course format (in person versus virtual) and size of course are subjected to change at any time.

Participation in the ATS Resident Boot Camp will allow attendees to:

  • Acquire knowledge of basic techniques and principles of mechanical ventilation, airway management, and bronchoscopy (indications, techniques, and limitations).
  • Attain skills in vascular, thoracic, and pleural ultrasound image acquisition for ultrasound-guided procedures and diagnosis (pneumothorax, thoracentesis, line placement, right ventricular dilation/dysfunction, volume status).
  • Improve knowledge base in cardiopulmonary physiology.
  • Develop strategies to successfully manage common clinical emergencies encountered as a fellow.

  • The 2022 Boot Camp course is for internal medicine and pediatric residents (U.S. and international) as well as hospitalists who have been accepted into a pulmonary or critical care fellowship program beginning July 2022.
  • Registration into this course will be a randomized lottery.
  • Results of the lottery will be emailed on or before the end of February 2022
  • If you have questions about criteria or eligibility, please email Lauren Lynch, director of education programs, at

The Boot Camp features two tracks –adult and pediatric. The final 2022 Boot Camp agenda will be available in early 2022; below are the list of topics that will be covered during the course. Note: the RBC will also include virtual workshops prior to the in person course.

Adult Track Topics


  • Top ICU Emergencies
  • Top Pulmonary Consults
  • How to Rad a Chest CT
  • Tips and Tricks for Surviving Clinic


  • PFT Interpretation
  • ECMO
  • Pulmonary Physiology
  • Equipment, Gadget and Gear


  • Airway 101
  • Bronchoscopy 101
  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Cardiac Ultrasound and Shock
  • Difficult Airway
  • Advanced Bronchoscopy
  • Acute Respiratory Failure
  • Lung Ultrasound and Pleural Disease

Pediatric Track Topics


  • Chronic Mechanical Ventilation
  • Acute Ventilator Management
  • Respiratory Emergencies
  • Respiratory Physiology
  • Sleep Disorders and Polysomnography
  • Chest Imaging
  • Interesting Cases/Approach to Pulmonary Consults
  • Cystic Fibrosis and Highly Effective Modulator Therapies
  • Severe Asthma and Biologic Therapy
  • Pulmonary Complications of Neuromuscular Conditions
  • ARDS
  • Welcome to Fellowship, Keys to success, Finding a Mentor


  • Physiology/Sleep Cases
  • Pulmonary Cohort: Pulmonary Function Testing, Inhaler Techniques
  • Critical Care Cohort: ECMO, Top ICU Emergencies


  • Pediatric Flexible Bronchoscopy
  • Ventilator Management
  • Tracheostomy/Airway Management
  • Airway Clearance Devices/Oxygen Delivery Systems

In effort to expand the scope of the Boot Camp internationally, the ATS has invited partner societies to invite fellows to attend the 2022 Boot Camp. For more information about the International Boot Camp, please email Lauren Lynch (

Adult Track

Matt Drake, MD, Course Chair
Anna Brady, MD, Vice Chair
Nirav Shah, MD
Stephanie Maximus, MD
Lekshmi Santhosh, MD, MA
Briana Short, MD
Rachel Quaney, MD
Maroun Matta, MD
Hugo Carmona, MD
Morgan Soffler, DM, MD
Darlene Nelson, MD

Pediatric Track

Tom Saba, MD, Course Chair
Erin Powell, MD
Janaki Paskaradevan, MD