Improve Your Clinical Knowledge in a Supportive Setting

ATS 2014 is your opportunity to recharge, reconnect with colleagues, learn about the latest research and best clinical practices, and return with the skills, tools, and confidence that are necessary to overcome hurdles and provide the best care for your patients and the best leadership in your multidisciplinary teams.

As you build your ATS 2014 itinerary, consider these tracks, sessions, and receptions.

Year in Review Tracks Provide Comprehensive Overview
The popular Clinical Year in Review, Pediatric Year in Review, and Nursing Year in Review tracks provide a comprehensive overview of the past year’s literature on clinical and research topics, featuring master clinicians and rising stars in the field. For example, the May 18 “Pediatric Year in Review” will highlight viral infections of the respiratory tract, neonatal lung disease, PCD and non-CF bronchiectasis, pediatric sleep medicine, and pediatric asthma. The May 21 “Clinical Year in Review 4” will review advances in asthma, the genetics of lung disease, quality improvement, sleep medicine.


Attendees listen closely to the Clinical Year in Review presentation during ATS 2013.

Adult and Pediatric Clinical Core Curricula
To provide the most value to clinicians, ATS 2014 returns with the Adult and Pediatric Clinical Core Curricula, which has been submitted to correspond with online modules that will be submitted to the American Board of Internal Medicine and American Board of Pediatrics. Last year, participants who attended the sessions and completed requirements were able to obtain a total of 34 ABIM Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part II Points and/or 10 ABP MOC Part II Credits. Find the latest updates on MOC offerings here.

Select adult core topics include lung cancer, pleural effusions, diagnosis and treatment of TB, occupational lung disease, mechanical and noninvasive ventilation, acute respiratory distress syndrome, cardiac critical care, hemodynamic monitoring, exacerbations of asthma and COPD, sleep related movement disorders, clinical manifestations of sleep disordered breathing, and sleepy driving. The pediatric core topics will cover chest wall disorders, neuromuscular disorders, infant and early childhood pulmonary function testing among others.

“Recently published guidelines and document recommendations will be woven into the talks where possible,” says ATS Education Committee Chair Carey C. Thomson, MD, MPH, director of Pulmonary Consultants and associate director of critical care at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA. “The ATS is a leader in developing these sessions that represent a unique opportunity for clinical updates while gaining MOC credit.” 

Clinicians Center
Interprofessional clinicians can meet, relax, learn, and gather information and resources in the Clinicians Center, which will be open Sunday, May 18, to Tuesday, May 20.

Learning opportunities include the mid-day interactive demonstrations “Ultrasound in Pulmonary and Critical Care Emergencies” and “EBUS Transbronchial Needle Aspiration – Improving Your Yield.” The center will offer a light complimentary breakfast from 7:30-8:30 a.m. each day. The breakfast presentation “Optimizing ICD-10 Documentation of Pneumonia-Impact on You and Your Institution” will take place from 7:45-8:30 a.m. Monday.

Also scheduled is a meet-and-greet reception for nurses from 10:45-noon Sunday, May 18, a meet-and-greet reception for interprofessional clinicians from noon-1 p.m. Monday, May 19 as well as an award reception for the Outstanding Clinician Award recipient from 4-5 p.m. Starting Tuesday, May 20, attendees participating in the Adult and Pediatric core curriculum sessions are invited to take their respective exams in the comfort of the Learning Lab adjacent to the Clinicians Center.

Clinical Topics in Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Tracks
To help practicing clinicians navigate the many offerings at ATS, organizers have created the Clinical Topics in Pulmonary Medicine Track for and the Critical Care Track.

The Clinical Topics in Pulmonary Medicine Track will bring 16 presentations over the course of the conference. Among the topics speakers will address are implementation of lung cancer screening, preventing COPD exacerbations and rehospitalizations, the evolving role of genetics, pulmonary vasculitis, and obliterative bronchiolitis.

The Critical Care Track will cover all aspects of critical care medicine, including sessions on the impact of government regulation, acute respiratory distress syndrome, critical care outside the ICU, and multi-drug resistant bacterial pneumonia, and more.

Many of the clinical topics presented during ATS 2014 will include a hands-on component. Learn more about those here.

The Pediatric Year in Review (A81) is supported by an educational grant from Genentech.

Clinical Year in Review 1 (D1) is supported by an educational grant from Genentech.

Critical Care Core Curriculum: Pulmonary Disease (CC1) is supported by educational grants from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Forest Laboratories, Inc.; and Pfizer, Inc.

Pulmonary Clinical Core Curriculum: Infections (CC2) is supported by an educational grant from Pfizer, Inc.