IC 101: Essentials for First Time Attendees at the Annual ATS International Conference

May 5, 2017 at 4:52 pm

  1. What is ATS International Conference?

The ATS International Conference is the home of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep professionals, from those in the earliest stages of their careers to those whose research or strides in clinical care have gained them international recognition. Each year, nearly 14,000 of these professionals choose to attend, present, and learn about the latest advances, meet with colleagues from around the world, and strike new collaborations. It is truly where today’s science meets tomorrow’s care.

  1. Who attends the ATS International Conference?

Clinicians and researchers specializing in: Allergy/Immunology, Behavioral Science, Cardiology, Environmental and Occupational Health, Infectious Disease, Pediatric Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep should attend. Registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, respiratory therapists, hospitalists and professionals in other, related fields also participate in the conference.

  1. Why should I attend the ATS International Conference?

The ATS International Conference is the longest running, large-scale conference in the world offering groundbreaking research in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. It’s renowned for showcasing cutting-edge science, research, technology, and innovation. Key findings of landmark studies are often announced here first! It has extensive offerings for those interested in learning about the latest in clinical care.

  1. How can I benefit from the conference? What should I look forward to at the conference?

At ATS 2016, more than 16,000 clinicians, researchers, and related health care professionals from more than 90 countries came together, connecting face to face to discuss the latest scientific research and findings in medical science and thoracic medicine. Engagement is unparalleled at the conference, and networking opportunities are a vital component. The International Conference offers an unparalleled opportunity to meet with and learn from the very best minds in the world dedicated to pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine.

  1. How do I become an ATS member?

You can join the ATS online. Members receive registration discounts to the International Conference, among numerous other benefits. Onsite, a Membership Booth will be located by Registration, Friday through Tuesday, in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Hall A (South Building, Lower Level) and on Wednesday at the Concourse Level. You can also join or renew at the ATS Center in the Exhibit Hall.

  1. Where should I go register?

There are four ways to register for the conference. Online registration is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is a convenient way to register and reserve a hotel room. To learn about mail, phone, or fax registration click here.

  1. How much is registration?

You save as much as $100 when you register in advance. Full registration for members is $825, if you purchase it in advance. Onsite, May 19-24, it is $925. Full registration allows you to attend over 90 percent of the meeting events without additional fees or tickets. It also allows you to attend open networking events and the Exhibit Hall. For in-training, non-member, one-day registration, and additional categories, visit the conference website.

  1. How can I review the program at the conference?

Browse through the program itinerary and view sessions and abstracts (Mini Symposium, Poster Discussion, RAPiD, Thematic Poster Sessions). You can also search by disease state and by specialty track. This feature also displays exhibitors with relevant products or services. Search and build your itinerary now!

  1. Which sessions do I need to register for?

General sessions (major symposia) are on a first come, first serve basis. Simply show your conference badge for admittance. For information on availability of sessions that require additional registration, go to the registration desk in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Hall A (South Building, Lower Level). The following sessions require registration, but do not require an additional fee:

  • Faculty Development Seminars
  • Career Development Forums
  • Networking Exchange for Early Career Professionals
  • Diversity Forum
  • Women’s Forum

Registration does not include postgraduate courses, sunrise seminars, meet the professors seminars, workshops, thematic seminar series, and/or assembly dinners/receptions. Additional fees are listed here.

  1. Where do I pick up my conference badge and registration materials?

Badges can be picked up at registration. Attendee and Exhibitor registration is in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Hall A (South Building, Lower Level).

  1. How do I navigate the conference?

The mobile app for ATS 2017 creates personalized schedules, gives detailed conference information, allows you to search scientific sessions by day, speaker, format or specialty track, as well as search for exhibiting companies, view the Exhibit Hall layout, and navigate the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, headquarter hotels, and Non-CME hotels. You can even network, interact with attendees through the Connect (chat) feature, and exchange contact information using the built in badge scanner. Download now for iOS and Android at: conference.app.thoracic.org.

  1. What is the ATS Center?

The ATS Center is located in booth #1161 of the Exhibit Hall, in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Halls A-B (South Building, Lower Level). A conference badge is required to enter the Exhibit Hall. Hours are: Sunday-Tuesday, May 21-23, 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

  1. Why should I attend Assembly Business meetings?

The 14 ATS Assemblies are the Society’s primary medical and scientific interest groups. Each Assembly holds an annual Membership Meeting at the International Conference. All assembly members and other interested individuals are invited to attend. Assembly leaders provide updates on the assembly’s activities and elections, and members give input, get involved, and network during the meetings. View meeting times and locations.

  1. How do I get assigned to an assembly?

Joining an assembly is easy. When you join the ATS, you can sign up for a primary and secondary assembly for your main and secondary interests. If you did not sign up for an assembly in the initial onboarding form, you can do so at any time by visiting the ATS website, clicking on the members tab and selecting “Update Your Profile.” Your changes will update momentarily.

  1. Where can I get the Journals?

Print copies of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (AJRCCM), American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology (AJRCMB), and Annals of the American Thoracic Society (AnnalsATS) are available at the conference. Pick up your free issues at the Journal/Magazine Annex in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Middle Building on the L Street Bridge.

  1. Why should I visit the Exhibit Hall?

The Exhibit Hall is an extension of the learning process. Enhance the knowledge you’ve gained from the ATS Educational and Thematic Poster Sessions. Take part in interactive hands-on demonstrations to gain firsthand knowledge of how devices work and how they will benefit your practice or institution. Stay current in your field, and compare all relevant products and services in one convenient place. The Exhibit Hall is located in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Halls A-B  (South Building, Lower Level), and is open daily 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  1. What is the the ATS Public Advisory Roundtable (ATS PAR)?

The ATS PAR is a partnership with organizations representing persons affected by respiratory diseases, sleep-related conditions, or related critical illnesses. ATS collaborates with them to advance shared educational, research, patient care, and advocacy goals. PAR events at the conference include the Meet-the-Expert Forum Saturday, May 20, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., in the Renaissance Washington Hotel, as well as the PAR Symposium (Session C86), Tuesday, May 23, 2:15 – 4:15 p.m., Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Room 204 A-C  (South Building, Level 2).

  1. What is the ATS Foundation?

The ATS Foundation funds research, education, and training to prevent, treat, and cure respiratory diseases. Because the ATS supports the Foundation’s administrative expenses, 100 percent of your gift goes to programs. Every gift counts! Your thoughtful gift to the ATS Foundation Research Program builds a future where we cure respiratory diseases through research—and patients can breathe better.

  1. How can I be more involved during the international conference? Where should I go if I want to get involved at the conference?

ATS 2017 has a number of venues designed to help attendees maximize their conference experience. Here you will find a wealth of information on related topics, as well as a terrific location to meet with colleagues and network. Learn more about our networking and resource centers.

  1. How do I earn CME / MOC at the conference?

New in 2017—the ATS is offering CME for MOC participation in the Core Curriculum sessions and selected symposia webcasts.  Details will be published on the ATS Store website, store.thoracic.org. Further CME and Nursing CE information can be found here.

  1. What conference resources are available to help me navigate the conference?

The digital advance program lists all major sessions, including postgraduate courses, scientific symposia, clinical and critical care track sessions, year in review sessions, meet the professor seminars, sunrise seminars, thematic seminar series, and workshops. The final program is distributed to registrants onsite. Other resources include the conference app (discussed above) and the conference website (conference.thoracic.org).



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