Educational Programs at ATS 2024 Offer Exciting Opportunities for Students and Early Career Professionals

This year’s ATS International Conference will feature several special educational programs specifically designed for students and early career professionals of varying levels. Attendees who wish to participate in one of the following courses must enroll separately in addition to their overall conference registration.

Student Scholars Program

The Student Scholars Program is a unique opportunity for a select group of 80-100 motivated individuals currently enrolled in or applying to undergraduate school, graduate school, respiratory therapy training, nursing school, and medical school to attend the annual ATS International Conference. Students will benefit from a specially designed curriculum to get the most out of the ATS International Conference and be exposed to cutting-edge science, professional education, and focused career development as part of the highly successful Student Scholars Program.

This program will be held from Saturday, May 18, to Monday, May 20. Some participants will present in SPATS, Student Presentations at ATS. Students who signed up for SPATS will participate in a three-minute thesis (3MT) competition where they will be allotted 180 seconds to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance. The judges score each presentation based on 3MT criteria created by Queensland University. This year will feature three SPATS competitions. Gift bags and certificates will be awarded to the first-, second-, and third-place finalists. Students who are accepted to this program will have their registration compensated.

Resident Boot Camp

The ATS Resident Boot Camp is a two-day, in-person course for internal medicine and pediatric residents, chief residents, and hospitalists who have been matched into a fellowship program for July 2024. This program aims to prepare pediatric, pulmonary, or critical care participants with the confidence and knowledge to flourish on the first day of fellowship. The course will include large and small group breakouts and hands-on workshops. The ATS will select a total of 162 participants via a randomized lottery. This course will run from Friday, May 17, to Saturday, May 18. There is a $210 cost to attend the Resident Boot Camp, but ATS International Conference attendees will have their boot camp registration compensated.

Fellows Track Symposium

The Fellows Track Symposium provides pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine fellows (adult and pediatric) enrolled in an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-accredited U.S. training program with an orientation to the sessions most relevant to them at the ATS International Conference. The Fellows Track Symposium will include faculty presentations on clinical issues related to the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep disorders, including IPF, COPD, lung cancer, asthma, and sleep apnea. This program will again feature a pediatric track, including faculty presentations relevant to a pediatric career in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine (asthma in children, pediatric cystic fibrosis, and pediatric hypertension). This year, the Fellows Track Symposium will provide fellows with a skills-based program highlighting ultrasound, bronchoscopy, awake fiberoptic intubation, and more. Up to 200 attendees will be accepted for the symposium. This course will run from Friday, May 17, to Saturday, May 18. There is a $210 cost to attend, but ATS International Conference attendees will have their symposium registration fee compensated.

New Faculty Boot Camp

The ATS New Faculty Boot Camp (NFBC) is designed for members in training, including clinical fellows, post-doctoral and research fellows, or early career faculty who are within a year of transitioning to their first academic faculty position. Applicants should be active in basic, translational, or clinical research, medical education, or other academic roles in pulmonary, critical care, or sleep medicine. Participants will be invited to attend a two-day course featuring a national group of experts sharing knowledge and skills specific to challenges faced during the transition from training to faculty. The ATS will select 80 individuals to participate. This course will run from Friday, May 17, to Saturday, May 18. There is a $210 cost to attend the event, but ATS International Conference attendees will have their boot camp registration compensated.

For more information about the ECP courses, please send an email to [email protected].