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ATS 2015 planners set the bar high in their efforts to bring career advice geared toward a range of attendee interests. The conference has delivered with several avenues to guide those seeking career paths in medical education, private practice, research, or a combination of fields.

Center for Career Development
The Center for Career Development is a professional networking and career development forum for medical students, residents, fellows, post docs, and other allied health care and research professionals in training or transitioning from training in pulmonary, critical care, or sleep medicine.

Throughout the conference, the center will host a variety of workshops geared to address such topics as private practice careers, negotiating a private practice contract, physician-scientist careers, clinician-scientist careers, how to get a K-grant, and writing and publishing papers.

The center also will feature two special events from noon to 1 p.m.: the ATS 101 Orientation Session on Sunday, May 17, and the Early Career Researchers Group on Monday, May 18.

Each day, the center will offer a light complimentary breakfast, a meet and greet, and a medical student and resident get-together from 7 to 8 a.m. The center will also host a happy hour with cocktails and appetizers from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Attendees can network and mingle with mentors, leadership, assembly chairs, and longtime ATS members Sunday through Tuesday, May 17-19.

PG Course Keys in on Skills for a Successful Career in Academic Medicine
Those interested in developing a successful academic career will not want to miss the comprehensive postgraduate course “Key Skills for a Successful Career in Academic Medicine.”

Developed by the Members in Training and Transition Committee, the course will feature established leaders who cover highly relevant topics to trainees, as well as early and mid-level career faculty. Keeping in mind the financial realities of early career professionals, organizers have reduced the registration fee for this course, the details of which will be posted on the ATS 2015 website.

“Separate small subgroups led by experienced faculty for clinician scientists, clinician educators, and PhD careers will be an added feature,” says Carey C. Thomson, MD, MPH, co-chair of the postgraduate course and chair of the Education Committee.

Networking Exchange for Early Career Professionals
A welcome event for all early career professionals, the Networking Exchange for Early Career Professionals takes place on Saturday, May 16, immediately after the Opening Ceremony.

Geared toward residents, fellows, post docs, IP members, and other junior professionals, attendees can network and mingle with colleagues, mentors, and peers; learn more about the top Innovations in Fellowship Education programs, pick up an “ATS Road Map” and other early career professional materials, learn about getting a free year of trainee membership, and get information about the Fellowship Challenge Exhibition Award. Cocktails and appetizers will be served.

Sponsored and organized by the Membership, Training, Education, and Members In Transition and Training committees, this event is free to paid conference registrants, but registration is required.

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