May 19, 2014

Young Professionals Pack Education Programs

The future of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine arrived early in San Diego to take part in programs for trainees at ATS 2014. In addition to the highly successful Fellows Track Symposium and Medical Student Scholars Program this year, the ATS introduced the Resident Boot Camp to meet the needs of young medical professionals and students and support the pipeline of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep specialists.

Opening Ceremony Reflects on Health Equality

When Patricia W. Finn, MD, became ATS president a year ago, she called for the Society to step up its efforts to reduce health care disparities. During the ATS 2014 Opening Ceremony on Saturday, Dr. Finn reflected on the progress that has been made throughout the Society.

Opportunities Await in Clinical Trials Awareness Area

The Clinical Trials Awareness Area outside of the Exhibit Hall in Lobby D is connecting attendees with organizations looking to recruit investigators for pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine clinical trials in progress.

Q&A: ATS President Patricia W. Finn, MD

Q: During the Opening Ceremony, President’s Symposium, and throughout the International Conference, we have learned about how the respiratory community is addressing health equality. What steps need to be taken to ensure that this initiative will continue for many years to come?

Lancet, AJRCCM Editors Lead Forum

Lancet Senior Executive Editor Sabine Kleinert, MD, and American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine Editor in Chief Jacob I. Sznajder, MD, will co-moderate “Lancet/The Lancet Respiratory Medicine and the AJRCCM. Reports on Recent Research on Asthma, Sepsis and Air Pollution” from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in Room 1 A-B (Upper Level) San Diego Convention Center. Irina Petrache, MD, chair of the ATS International Conference Committee, also is a co-moderator.

Sleep Sessions Examine Clinical Trial

An ATS 2014 scientific symposium today and a mini-symposium on Tuesday morning will shed light on the growing number of clinical trials in pulmonary sleep medicine.

Symposium Looks at Role of Blood Disorders, Transfusions in Pulmonary Complications

Asymposium today will look at emerging concepts in pulmonary vascular disease related to blood disorders, transfusion-associated cardiopulmonary complications, acute lung injury, and sepsis. “Red, White, and Blood: The Heme-Pulmonary Circulation Axis of Inflammation, Injury, and Hemolysis” will be presented from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in Ballroom D (Upper Level) San Diego Convention Center.

Speakers Offer Pros, Cons for EHRs in Respiratory Practice, Research

Today’s session “Harnessing the Electronic Health Records in Respiratory Disease” will offer attendees a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities for patient care using EHRs and how EHRs can be integrated within clinical respiratory practice and research.

Faculty Development Seminars Provide Tools for Academic Careers

Those in the early stages of their careers will gain insights into successful academic careers from experts during the new Faculty Development Seminars from 7 to 8 a.m. today and Tuesday in Room 410 A-B (Level 4) Hilton San Diego Bayfront. Developed by the ATS Members In Transition and Training Committee, the seminars are tailored to clinical and research fellows, postdoctoral fellows, residents, and junior faculty pursuing academic careers in pulmonary, allergy, critical care, and/or sleep medicine. Registration is required.

Expert Panel Unravels ILD Cases in New Web Video Series

The Society, in collaboration with Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., has released the ATS Video Case Study Series, a collection of online case studies that were developed to provide education for clinicians about the diagnosis of interstitial lung diseases, idiopathic interstitial pneumonias, and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, and test their knowledge and competence. The videos are available at the ILD Education Center.