Network and Learn in These ATS 2015 Centers

Relax and learn in several ATS 2015 venues. (Photo: Steve Schneider)

Whether formal or informal, the connections you will make at ATS 2015 can be long lasting and have the potential to lead to research collaborations, jobs, grants, and journal articles. During the conference, attendees will have many opportunities to connect and learn from their peers, and the following venues ensure that these opportunities take place.   

The Center for Career Development in Room 103/105 (Street Level) Colorado Convention Center is a networking and career development forum for physicians and other health care and research professionals who are in training or have transitioned in their careers. The CCD hosts a variety of workshops specifically geared to address such topics as how to get a job, mentoring, and negotiating a contract. At the center, the Members in Transition and Training Committee will present the ATS 101 Orientation Session, from noon to 1 p.m. today. The session will provide an overview of how the ATS works, how to get involved, and how to navigate the conference, and appetizers and beverages. From 7 to 8 a.m. each day, the center will host a breakfast, meet and greet with FTS faculty, and ATS student scholar meet-up. The center also will host themed social hours from 3:30 to 4:30 each day with researchers today, clinician educators Monday, and early career professionals Tuesday. Appetizers and beverages will be served. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine Editor Jadwiga Wedzicha, MD, also will present a special event for early career researchers (see “AJRCCM Editor to Appear in ATS 2015 Sessions”). For a full list of Center for Career Development programs, refer to the ATS 2015 Final Program.

Clinicians can meet, relax, learn, and gather information and resources in the Clinicians Center in E Concourse (Street Level) Colorado Convention Center will be open today to Tuesday. In addition to the learning opportunities (see “ATS Offers Breadth of Clinical Offerings”) the center will offer a light complimentary breakfast from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. each day. Also scheduled are a meet-and-greet reception for nurses from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today and an award reception for Outstanding Clinician Award recipient James P. Lamberti, MD, from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday. Attendees participating in the adult and pediatric core curriculum sessions are invited to take their respective MOC exams in the Clinicians Center, where dedicated computers will be available today through Tuesday.

The Science and Innovation Center in the E Concourse (Street Level) Colorado Convention Center will host networking and interactive sessions by experts and the new BEAR Cage competition. See the learning opportunities in “Cutting-Edge Science at ATS 2015.” This year, the center also will present the Scientific Abstract Awards event Monday afternoon to celebrate the best scientific abstracts submitted to ATS 2015 Denver by early career professionals. On Tuesday morning, the center will host the Early Career Professionals Coffee Corner, in which mentors and mentees are invited to gather and socialize. Later on that day, the center will feature a National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute presentation followed by networking. The center will offer breakfast at 7 a.m. today to Tuesday, and light refreshments will be served from noon to 1 p.m.