Don’t Miss the Best in Early Career Development

Big things happen in Dallas, and the ATS 2019 International Conference is no exception. At ATS 2019, you’ll hear from world-renowned clinicians and scientists who will bring you cutting-edge research and share the latest scientific findings in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine, with programming dedicated to early career professionals. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to network with peers and rub elbows with leaders in the field.

Jeremy B. Richards, MD, AFTS, ATS committee chair of Members in Training and Transition, encourages early career professionals to take advantage of the special programming and Center for Career Development at the International Conference.

“The Center for Career Development offers a series of programs every day, with four to five sessions each day,” said Dr. Richards. “ATS 2019 sessions include How to Make the Most Out of Your Mentors, How to Come Up With Novel Research Ideas, and How to Lead Teams.”

Diana J. Kelm, MD, is an early career professional who encourages her peers to participate in the many networking opportunities at the International Conference. “Get involved. Go to the social events. Go to the mixers, the informal sessions, and the small-group sessions,” said Dr. Kelm, who is an assistant professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic. “Use the ATS mobile app or print the Early Career Professional guide that tells you what all is going on. People are so nice and want to meet you!”

Early Career Education

The ATS is committed to helping graduate and medical students, medical residents, clinical and postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty pursue a successful career in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. To foster career development among early career professionals, a number of sessions, networking opportunities, and resources, have been developed to make the experience at ATS 2019 Dallas more rewarding and educational for all early career professionals, regardless of their chosen career track. Key topics include:

Fellows Case Conference (B3)

Faculty Promotion and Tenure: Unraveling the “Faculty Handbook” (FD1)

Sunrise Seminars

Networking Opportunities

The ATS International Conference offers many networking opportunities where attendees can discuss the science presented at the meeting or their own work. Schedule time for these events:

Networking Exchange for Early Career Professionals

Center for Career Development

BEAR Cage Competition

Engaging Education

Round out your focus on pulmonary presentations with these not-to-miss sessions by distinguished physicians, educators, and medical scientists.


Year in Review
President’s Symposium

The President’s Symposium on Monday, May 20, “50 Years of Progress in Pulmonary Science” (B13), will commemorate the golden anniversary of the Division of Lung Diseases (DLD) at the NIH National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. Speakers will highlight important scientific advances in pulmonary health and disease, illustrate DLD’s role in facilitating lung biology and disease research, and discuss future research directions.

NEJM/JAMA Sessions

Clinicians and clinical researchers will want to attend “The New England Journal of Medicine and JAMA: Discussion on the Edge: Reports of Recently Published Pulmonary Research” (A2) on Sunday, May 19, in the morning and “JAMA and The New England Journal of Medicine: Discussion on the Edge: Reports of Recently Published Critical Care Research” (A84) in the afternoon. Both two-hour sessions feature the presentation of recently published articles, and will include time for discussion between attendees, authors, and editors.

Clinical Practice Guidelines

Physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, and others will want to attend “ATS Clinical Practice Guidelines: Clinical Practice on the Cutting Edge” (C92). This year’s symposium will highlight guidelines and statements on idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, malignant pleural effusions, obesity in OSA, fungal infections, and pediatric supplemental oxygen.

Great Cases

Clinicians in the fields of pulmonary and critical care medicine, pediatric pulmonology, sleep medicine, thoracic surgery, and infectious disease will want to attend “Great Cases: Clinical, Radiologic, and Pathologic Correlations by Master Physicians” (A83). Learners will have the opportunity to observe master clinicians approach challenging clinical problems by working through seven unknown cases selected from the abstract pool.

Basic Science

One of five sessions in this year’s Basic Science Core, “Till Death Do Us Part: Cell Fate and Obstructive Lung Disease” (B5) will focus on the role of programmed cell death in obstructive lung diseases, such as asthma and COPD, and how targeting the mechanisms of cell death may play a role in treating lunch disease. 

There are many other sessions featuring topics of interest to pediatric-focused specialists, as well as specialists in adult pulmonology, critical care, and sleep medicine. Search for topics of interest and build your itinerary here.