Early Career Professionals Feel the Connection

Whether 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.

ATS 2018 offers you an abundant opportunity to network with professionals from more than 90 countries.

The Networking Exchange for Early Career Professionals

This annual networking event follows the Opening Ceremony, Saturday, May 19. Meet and mingle with your colleagues and peers as well as ATS leaders, program directors, association program directors, and division directors, and other prominent thought-leaders from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Cocktails and appetizers will be provided.

Center for Career Development

If you are an early career professional, look for the Center for Career Development as you plan your conference itinerary. The CCD is a professional networking and career development forum that will have information about the Early Careers Researchers Group, Career Development Workshops, and Faculty Development Workshops.

Each day during the ATS 2018 International Conference, the CCD features informal workshops aimed at enhancing the professional development of early career professionals. The CCD sessions provide a unique opportunity to interact with experts and have your questions answered about career development topics that are important to you.

Education sessions scheduled in the CCD area include:

Sunday, May 20

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. — How to Get the Most Out of the ATS International Conference

12 p.m. – 1 p.m. — Hints & Tips on Leadership in Medicine

1 – 2 p.m. — How to Give Feedback

2 – 3 p.m. — What is Translational Research?

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. — How to Get Your Medical Education

Monday, May 21

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. — What is Health Services Research, and How Do I Become a Health Services Researcher?

12 – 1 p.m. — Early Career Group: How to be a Successful and Effective Peer Reviewer

1 – 3 p.m. — BEAR (Building Education to Advance Research) Cage competition

3 – 3:45 p.m. — Get Ahead With the Red: Let the Red Journal Help Your Career Development

3:45 – 4:30 p.m. — Foreign Medical Graduates and Careers in Academia

Tuesday, May 22

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. — Defining Your Niche: How to Make Yourself Marketable in a Competitive Marketplace

12 – 1 p.m. — How to Negotiate Your First Contract

1 – 2 p.m. — How to Make the Most of Your Mentor at Different Phases in Your Career

2 – 3 p.m. — Career Development for Clinical and Epidemiological Researchers: Preparing for Your NHLBI K23 Application

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. — Strategies for Successfully Applying for and Obtaining Grant Funding

There are also networking opportunities offered by CCD on these days. A complimentary breakfast will be served daily at 7 a.m. Stay after your sessions each afternoon to do some Professional Networking from 4:30 – 5 p.m. Free cocktails and appetizers will be served.

Fellows Case Conference

Spend your Sunday morning at the “Fellows Case Conference” (A3) to get a unique perspective on disease pathogens, diagnosis, and/or treatment. The session is presented from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. Sunday, May 20.

During this conference, listen as fellows present six cases to a panel of experts who provide commentary and moderate discussion. Selected cases will include clear clinical teaching points with review of associated pathology and radiology, as appropriate. The discussions will result in important teaching for both fellows and seasoned clinicians.

Great Cases Conference

How do master clinicians approach challenging clinical problems? Watch and learn during “Great Cases: Clinical, Radiologic, and Pathologic Correlations by Master Physicians” (A83) as these clinicians will work through seven unknown cases selected from the abstract pool. The session will be presented from 2:15 to 4:15 p.m. Sunday, May 20.

See first hand how clinicians use the multidisciplinary approach in difficult cases, as they collaborate with a master radiologist reviewing films and a master pathologist reviewing pathology slides. Then, participate through interactive questions that are tallied electronically. Additional discussion by presenters and master panelists will enhance the educational experience.


Hosted by the ATS Drug Device Discovery and Development (DDDD) Committee, the 4th annual BEAR (Building Education to Advance Research) Cage competition features early career investigators “pitching” their research proposals to a panel of translational science experts representing academia, industry, and governmental sectors in front of a live audience.

The BEAR Cage was developed to promote productive discussion of novel translational research ideas in the setting of a fun, yet competitive, forum promoting opportunities for collaboration, mentorship, and growth.

This year’s top three finalists will pitch their research proposals from 1-3 p.m. Monday, May 21, in the Center for Career Development in the Sail Pavilion. The three finalists and their proposals are:

“Precision Genomics: Early Detection of Antibody-mediated Rejection to Improve Survival”
Sean Agbor-Enoh, MD, PhD
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

“Identifying Novel Disease-Modifying Drugs for the Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)”
Carlos Barrero, MD
Temple University

“NEMESIS (NEutrophil MEchanical StabilISation): A Novel Extracorporeal Technology to Modulate and Monitor Pathological Inflammatory Responses of Neutrophils (PMN) in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)”
Jatinder K. Juss, MD, PhD, FRCPC
St. Michael’s Hospital

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