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Stat September 25, 2019

ATS Adopts Gun Violence Prevention Policy

The ATS Board of Directors has adopted policy to address gun violence in the United States by endorsing the comprehensive gun violence policy developed by the American College of Physicians.

Many board members spoke passionately about the victims of gun violence that they treat in their ICU, referencing the #ThisIsOurLane social media campaign that gained traction in 2018 after the National Rifle Association tweeted that doctors should “stay in their lane” and not publicly speak out about gun violence. Further, board members discussed how gun violence exacerbates health disparities  in communities across the U.S. 

The board hopes that by adding its support to this call for action and endorsing specific policy actions, it can help motivate elected officials to take decisive action. Patients, colleagues and communities deserve nothing less.

Read the full letter, and the ATS policy statement.



ATS Scholar: Call for Submissions Now Open

The American Thoracic Society is pleased to announce the debut of ATS Scholar, its fourth journal, led by Nitin Seam, MD, the new editor-in-chief. ATS Scholar is an online, open-access, education-themed journal, and we are soliciting original research articles, reviews, perspectives, videos, and other high-quality submissions in the following areas:

•             Career Development and Leadership Training
•             Communication Skills
•             Culture and Environment of Learning
•             Curricular Innovations
•             Education Technology
•             How to Teach Clinical Topics
•             Interprofessional Education
•             Patient Education
•             Procedural Training
•             Simulation
•             Quality Improvement and Implementation
•             Teaching Skills

Please submit to:

Please email Dr. Seam with questions about potential submissions.




ATS Recognizes World Lung Day Today

Today is World Lung Day! World Lung Day is held annually on Sept. 25. This year’s theme is “healthy lungs for all,” calling for Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

Universal coverage is particularly important in respiratory disease. For example, a break in the supply of medicine for patients with tuberculosis could cause the development of drug resistance. The abrupt unavailability of asthma medicine could cause severe suffering and even death. Lack of health care provider availability usually means delay in diagnosis, which could be fatal for lung cancer patients.

The global spotlight on UHC represents an opportunity for substantial progress in the fight against lung disease around the world.

This World Health Day, the Forum of International Respiratory Societies is asking the lung health community to raise awareness of the burden of respiratory disease, and advocate for UHC.


Reminder: Best of ATS Video Lecture Series (BAVLS) Submissions Still Accepted!

There is still time to submit to the 2019 fall cycle submissions of “Top Educational Videos” for the Best of ATS Video Lecture Series (BAVLS)!

BAVLS invites all members of the ATS Community to submit a teaching video that demonstrates that their lecture is among the best in the field.

All accepted BAVLS submissions will be eligible to receive web publication citations and acknowledgement from the ATS. Additionally, there will be a specific web link to your video that can be added to your CV where web engagements will be continuously monitored. Cash prizes will also be awarded to the top videos at the ATS International Conference in Philadelphia, Penn.

Submit your lecture to the Best of ATS Video Lecture Series now!

If you have any questions, please contact Breana Portelli.

Deadline: Nov. 15, 2019


Honor Your Mentor with the ATS Foundation

Your mentor may be one of the most influential figures in your life. You can say thank you with a special gift through the ATS Foundation Honor Your Mentor Program. Your gift will help other early career professionals launch careers dedicated to scientific discovery and improved patient care.

When you make a gift through the ATS Foundation Honor Your Mentor Program, we will notify your mentor of your thoughtful tribute gift, and your name and your mentor’s will be recognized throughout signs and publications during the ATS 2020 International Conference. Best of all, you’ll know that your generosity supports core ATS programs that foster mentor-mentee collaboration and supports respiratory health worldwide!