LungEd Issue 2 Spring 2017

March 15, 2017 at 3:55 pm

Save Big with Early Registration

You have until Wednesday, March 22, to save on ATS 2017 registration! The American Thoracic Society 2017 International Conference, May 19‒24, will be held in Washington, DC. Join us for the latest advances in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine, and engage with colleagues from around the world. Save up to $160 with early bird rates. Register today.

Online Resources

First time attendees of the conference can gain insight with the Road Map for Early Career Professionals app, available on iTunes. Check out the best sessions and networking events of ATS 2017, download now!

To welcome early career professionals to the ATS Community, the Society has also created the ATS Fellowship Toolkit, which includes FREE online resources and tools specifically designed for fellows.

Taking the Next Step in Your Career

ATS Assembly Mentorship Programs pair trainees and students with more seasoned members to help navigate their careers. Matched mentors and mentees correspond via email and meet in person at least once during the International Conference. Participate in the Society, broaden your network, and take away valuable career advice. Twelve assemblies offer mentoring. Learn more.

ATS Foundation Research Program 2016-2017 Winners Circle: Laura Crotty Alexander, MD

Each year, the ATS Foundation Research Program awards grants totaling more than $1 million to advance pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine around the world. Laura Crotty Alexander, MD, is one of 25 researchers who received a grant and was presented with a Recognition Award for Outstanding Early Career Investigators in the 2016-2017 cycle for her research into the effects of e-cigarette vapor.

Dr. Crotty Alexander was inspired to study e-cigarettes after witnessing the increasingly successful advertising of the devices. She found that there were many unanswered questions about the effects of e-cigarettes on nicotine addiction pathways, the immune system’s response to bacteria, and inflammation in the lungs and throughout the body.

On her recognition, Dr. Crotty Alexander says, “There are researchers who believe in me as a researcher and believe in our research. It boosts my self-confidence about whether I’m a good researcher who’s asking the right questions and proposing the best research models.”  With her award, Dr. Crotty Alexander will continue her research of e-cigarette vapor.

Previously in 2015, she was a winner of the ATS 1st Annual BEAR Cage competition for her research proposal “Effects of E-Cigarette Vapor on Viability, Inflammatory Responses and Antimicrobial Function of Airway Cells.” The 3rd  Annual BEAR Cage will take place at ATS 2017 DC.

If interested in applying for a Foundation Research Program award, the 2017‒2018 grant cycle opens in April. Check back for details.

Support Promising Early-career Investigators

Tickets are on sale NOW for the ATS Foundation Research Program Benefit during ATS 2017 in Washington, DC. It’s a wonderful opportunity to network with ATS members from around the globe, and we encourage in-training members to attend.

When an in-training member adds a benefit ticket to their conference registration, they receive a special reduced ticket offer of $50! In-training members may add a benefit ticket to their conference registration at

Food is served buffet style at this reception. We hope to see you there!

The Importance of Our Voices on Capitol Hill

“You have the unique experience of directly taking care of patients. This experience and knowledge is remarkably influential when talking to policy makers. I would emphasize to future fellows who participate in Hill Day to really view advocacy as a forum to discuss your patients’ needs and what you are seeing every day as a health care provider.” –Pavan Bhatraju, MD

Meet your Congressional delegation at ATS Capitol Hill Day 2017 in DC! Register now for the ATS Hill Day during the International Conference. The session takes place Tuesday, May 23, 7:30 – 11:45 a.m., and the deadline to register is April 10. Open to U.S. ATS members only. Advocacy improves patient health, learn more about this opportunity.

Deadline Approaching: BAVLS

Do you have an amazing teaching video that you want to share with the world? Submit it to the Best of ATS Video Lecture Series (BAVLS) by March 31! View guidelines.

In Case You Missed It

Be sure to read “Preparing Our Early Career Professionals,” by ATS President David Gozal, MD, MBA, in the March ATS News. Also, now through March 24, you can cast your vote for your future ATS president!

ATS Early Career is on Social Media!

Like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram! Our social media profiles for early career professionals keep you updated on the latest in medical education, career development, ATS news, and more. And stay tuned for special social media opportunities at ATS 2017…


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