2018 Daily Conference Preview

May 12

  • Navigate ATS 2018 Like a ProWhether you’re a first-timer or have been attending the ATS International Conference for years, the best way to maximize your conference experience is to plan for it. Where to begin? The ATS has you covered. Take a look at all of these resources available to you before and during the conference. More
  • Darrell G. Kirch, MD AAMC President to Speak at Opening CeremonyDistinguished physician, educator, and medical scientist Darrell G. Kirch, MD, will help kick off ATS 2018 as the featured speaker at the Opening Ceremony. Dr. Kirch is president and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges. He speaks and publishes on the need for transformation in the U.S. health care system, and how academic medicine can lead change across medical education, biomedical research, and patient care. More
  • Conference App Makes Planning EasyFor information at your fingertips, download the conference app from the App Store or Google Play.  With this tool, you can build your itinerary, learn about special events, browse sessions and speakers, map your trip to the Exhibit Hall, and receive important updates. More
  • New at ATS 2018: Educational Consulting OfficeBe sure to check out the Education Committee’s Educational Consulting Office hours during the 2018 International Conference. Members of the Education Committee will be available to help guide you through the proposal process for programming. More
  • Learn About MECOR and Join the FacultyLoyal to its tagline, “We help the world breath,” the ATS has been working to build research capacity in low- and middle-income countries through its Methods in Epidemiologic, Clinical, and Operations Research (MECOR) program for 25 years. More
  • Road Maps Help You Navigate the ConferenceGiven the size and complexity of the International Conference, the ATS creates a number of “Road Maps” to help highlight sessions and other learning opportunities within a given area of interest or audience type. More
  • ATS Walking Challenge: It’s Not Too Late!You still have time to participate in the ATS Walking Challenge. Free wireless activity trackers are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the ATS Walking Challenge Booth, located across from the Starbucks in Lobby B in the Convention Center. More
  • Earn MOC Points and CME CreditsThere are two separate pathways for claiming MOC and CME. In order to claim both CME and MOC, you will need to follow steps for both. You must pass the MOC post-test to earn MOC, and complete the CME evaluation to claim CME. Claiming one will not automatically transfer to the other. More
  • Non-CME Symposia Boost LearningMake it part of your plan to attend the Non-CME Symposia, an important part of the ATS 2018 International Conference. The ATS encourages all full-conference participants to attend any of several Non-CME Symposia Sunday, May 20, and Tuesday, May 22. All sessions will be presented from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at ATS 2018 hotels. More
  • Grab Lunch, Keep LearningThe learning continues through lunch at ATS 2018 with Industry Theaters and Mini Industry Theaters on Sunday, May 20; Monday, May 21; and Tuesday, May 22, in the Exhibit Hall. Enjoy a complimentary boxed lunch provided by the ATS (while quantities last). More
  • Try Your Hand at Practical WorkshopsThese valuable 90-minute learning opportunities offer hands-on education and skill-building expertise with medical device companies and manufacturers. Practical Workshops are available from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, and Monday, May 21, in booth 2846 in the Exhibit Hall. Complimentary boxed lunch provided by the ATS (while quantities last). More
  • Guru Bars: Learning in Less TimeDon’t miss these quick-burst learning sessions that allow you to collaborate with leaders on a variety of topics. Every Guru Bar session offers a 10-minute outline of a problem statement, mitigating factors, the host’s perspective/solution, and a challenge or question posted to participants, who discuss it for the remaining 5 to 10 minutes. More

April 12

  • Expand Your Network and Knowledge in the Exhibit HallLooking for a little excitement? You’ll find it in the ATS 2018 Exhibit Hall. “The Exhibit Hall is filled with buzz and excitement as many new products launch during the conference,” said ATS President Marc Moss, MD. “At ATS 2018, you will have the opportunity to explore new technologies and services, experience hands-on demonstrations of innovative products, and chat with representatives from more than 200 organizations.” More
  • Still Time to Save on ATS 2018 RegistrationWhen you register for the ATS 2018 International Conference by May 17, you’ll save up to $100*. The conference takes place May 18-23 in San Diego, California, and is a can’t-miss event for respiratory medicine practitioners, scientists, clinical researchers, and related health care professionals.

    Planning ahead for the conference not only will save you money, but will provide the best opportunity for reserving your spot at an official ATS hotel and pre-registering for all of the educational events you want to attend. More
  • Connect with Colleagues at Networking EventsExpanding your knowledge and network are primary objectives of the ATS 2018 International Conference, where you will find world-class educational programming as well as numerous opportunities for networking. Here are some of the opportunities. Be sure to check the program onsite for specific times and locations. More
  • PAR Forum Connects Patients and PhysiciansThe popular ATS Public Advisory Roundtable Meet-the-Experts patient education forum is back for its 12th year. This can't-miss free event for patients and their families will take place Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year’s panelists will share talks around the theme “Living Well and Lung Health.” More
  • Patients Have a Voice at the ATS International ConferenceFor more than a decade, the ATS Public Advisory Roundtable has led an effort to bring the patient’s voice to many International Conference sessions. At ATS 2018, 16 patients will talk about their experience with critical illness, COPD, sleep apnea, and sarcoidosis, as well as talk about how health disparities have affected them and their experience of palliative care, among other topics. More
  • BEAR Cage Finalists Compete for $5,000In hopes of winning a grand prize of $5,000, three early career professionals will “pitch” their innovative research proposals to a panel of translational science experts in front of a live audience during the ATS BEAR Cage competition from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, May 21, in the Center for Career Development in the Sail Pavilion at the San Diego Convention Center. More
  • Attendees walking into the exhibit hall. Explore Innovation on the Exhibit Hall FloorThe Exhibit Hall is a great place to learn about new technology and innovations. Each year, many companies launch new products during the conference. Preview these 10 companies that will be featuring their products during ATS 2018. More
  • Online Exhibit Hall Makes Planning EasyMake the most of your time in the Exhibit Hall by planning ahead. Use the Online Exhibitor Directory at ats18.mapyourshow.com to plan out which exhibitors you’d like to see while at the conference. You can also use it to expertly navigate the Exhibit Hall. More
  • ATS Center Offers Wide Range of ResourcesA trip through the Exhibit Hall isn’t complete without stopping at the ATS Center. There is so much valuable information at the Center. You can learn about ATS education products, purchase gift items, print patient information fact sheets, and more. More
  • Update Your ImageThere are a lot of reasons to smile at the International Conference, including this one: The ATS is offering free professional headshots in the Exhibit Hall. No appointment is necessary. Just stop by the booth, strike your favorite professional pose, and we’ll email the pictures to you right from the booth. It couldn’t be easier! More

March 17

  • Register Now for ATS 2018 and SaveMake your plans now to attend the American Thoracic Society 2018 International Conference, May 18-23, in San Diego.

    If you register by March 21, you’ll be rewarded with the lowest rate for the conference—a savings of $160* off the cost of a full member registration onsite. Registering now has other benefits as well. You can secure your reservations to ticketed events, purchase tickets for the 10th Annual ATS Foundation Research Program Benefit, and select your hotel accommodations. More
  • Keynotes: From Medical Education to MacrophagesRenowned speakers from around the globe will present cutting-edge research on a multitude of topics during ATS 2018. Many of these topics go beyond pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine to also include infectious disease, allergy, and immunology. More
  • Access Cutting-Edge Science and ResearchAt ATS 2018, you’ll hear from world-renowned clinicians and scientists who will reflect on milestones in the pulmonary, critical care, and sleep fields. They will discuss how advances in science will change respiratory medicine. And they will share the very latest research and scientific findings through approximately 6,700 abstracts and case reports, and 500 sessions. More
  • Technology Transforms Attendee ExperienceTake advantage of technology to maximize your ATS 2018 experience. Use it to plan your itinerary, connect with colleagues, and interact with presenters and speakers during sessions. More
  • Early Career Professionals Feel the ConnectionWhether you are a graduate or medical student, medical resident, clinical or postdoctoral fellow, or junior faculty member, the ATS is committed to your pursuit of a successful career in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. To foster career development among early career professionals, ATS has developed a number of sessions, networking opportunities, and resources to make your experience at ATS 2018 San Diego more rewarding and educational, regardless of your chosen career track. More
  • Earn MOC Points, CME Credits, and Nursing CEThe ATS plans to offer Maintenance of Certification points and CME for participation in the Core Curriculum and selected symposia. Participants will have the flexibility to take MOC exams for any or all of the eligible symposia attended at the conference to earn MOC. More
  • Donohue Will Receive Breathing for Life AwardJames F. Donohue, MD, will be honored with the Breathing for Life Award at the 10th Annual ATS Foundation Research Program Benefit on Saturday, May 19. Dr. Donohue is division director emeritus of pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. More