Fellows Track Symposium Enhances Learning Experience

A big draw at the International Conference, the Fellows Track Symposium returns on Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18. Photo by Steve Schneider

A big draw at the International Conference, the Fellows Track Symposium returns on Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18.
Photo by Steve Schneider

While first-time attendees and early career professionals appreciate the breadth and depth of the International Conference, some may find it a bit overwhelming. To help fellows and other early career professionals make the most of their educational experience, the Society will once again present the Fellows Track Symposium.

On Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18, the FTS will orient pulmonary, critical care, and sleep fellows who are enrolled in ACGME-accredited, U.S. training programs to the sessions most relevant to them at ATS 2013.

The FTS will include 17 faculty presentations on clinical issues related to the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep disorders, including sepsis, COPD, lung cancer, asthma, and pulmonary arterial hypertension.

The FTS will feature four breakout sessions and one ultrasonography dinner symposium. Attendees will also interact with world-renowned faculty speakers and leading experts in informal settings during meals and breaks. At press time, the FTS was supported by educational grants from Educational Supporters Actelion Pharmaceuticals US, Inc., AstraZeneca LP, and Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Contributing Supporter Genentech. In-Kind Support was provided by SonoSite, Inc.

The FTS is led by Course Chair Deborah Shure, MD, and has invited a co-chair to represent each pillar. Carolyn Welsh, MD, professor of medicine at the University of Colorado in Denver, will oversee the pulmonary portion. “The science and evidence-based practice in the fields of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep move quickly,” Dr. Welsh said. “Hearing top-notch FTS speakers address basics and areas of controversy is an exciting way to actively engage in thinking about a broad spectrum of content.”

Barbara Phillips, MD, MPH, professor of medicine and medical director of the sleep laboratory at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, will oversee the sleep program. “The sleep medicine faculty members are superb speakers, scientists, and clinicians,” Dr. Phillips said. “We will cover the gamut, including pediatric sleep.”

Neil MacIntyre, MD, professor of medicine and chief of clinical services at Duke University in Durham, N.C., will direct the critical care track. “The FTS is a unique opportunity to have fellows from virtually every training program in North America in one spot,” Dr. MacIntyre said. “This is especially attractive to speakers and allows us to include world-class clinicians, researchers, and educators as faculty. The critical care track covers seven ‘hot topics’ with a focus on new and controversial developments.”

Learn more at the ATS 2013 International Conference website.

Fellows: Network with your peers during the Career Development Exchange. Stop by the Center for Career Development for expert advice.