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Training Committee

Chair Laura E. Crotty Alexander, MD, ATSF San Diego, CA
Vice Chair Kristin M. Burkart, MD, MSc, ATSF New York, NY
Committee Member Christine M. Bojanowski, MD La Jolla, LA
Committee Member Anna K. Brady, MD Portland, OR
Committee Member Alicia M. Casey, MD Boston, MA
Committee Member Geoffrey R. Connors, MD Aurora, CO
Committee Member Kathleen Doo, MD New York, NY
Committee Member Matthew G. Drake, MD Portland, OR
Committee Member Mai K. ElMallah, MD, MS Durham, NC
Committee Member - CCR Representative Don Hayes, MD, MS, MEd, ATSF Columbus, OH
Committee Member Ashley G. Henderson, MD Chapel Hill, NC
Committee Member Daniel B. Jamieson, MD Washington, DC
Committee Member Patricia A. Kritek, MD Seattle, WA
Committee Member May M. Lee, MD Los Angeles, CA
Committee Member Mazen F. Odish, MD San Diego, CA
Committee Member Isabel Pedraza, MD Los Angeles, CA
Committee Member Bharati Prasad, MD Chicago, IL
Committee Member Nirav G. Shah, MD Baltimore, MD
Committee Member Michelle Sharp, MD, MHS Baltimore, MD
Committee Member Briana Short, MSc, MD New York, NY
Committee Member Morgan Soffler, DM Boston, MA
Committee Member Chantal Spencer, MD New York, NY
Committee Member Krittika Teerapuncharoen, MD Bangkok, Thailand
Committee Member Edith T. Zemanick, MD Aurora, CO
Staff Lauren G. Lynch New York, NY

The Training Committee (TC) provides strategic guidance for the Society in issues related to clinical and research training in adult and pediatric pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. The TC primarily focuses on the needs of trainees. As such, the TC reviews and proposes training curricula and program standards and recommends innovative approaches to training of graduate students, clinical fellows, residents and postdoctoral fellows to meet the professional standards and workforce needs. The TC monitors training requirements of accrediting and certifying organizations, and responds to legislative and regulatory activities that affect training, by giving recommendations to the Board on policies related to such activities. The TC collaborates with Assemblies, other Committees, Thoracic Society Chapters, and other professional societies and organizations to develop common strategies to promote excellence in clinical and research training and career development, support efforts to eliminate gender, racial, or ethnic disparities, and promote involvement in the Society of members in training and educational program leaders.

Benchmarks, 2018-2019:
• Continue established educational programming at the International Conference for trainees and training program directors: Fellows Case Conference (Sun AM), Forum for Clinical Educators (Sat PM), and Resident Boot Camp (Fri and Sat). Continue programs to recognize and highlight the accomplishments of early career medical educators, and to share innovative educational tools and programs: Innovations in Fellowship Education, of which the success will be measured by # of applications and the # whom also present posters at the IC. Continue collaborating with Education and MITT Committees, Section on Medical Education (SoME), and APCCMPD and PEPTDA to develop, implement and assess this programming.

• Continue supporting established educational materials that are shared widely with trainees: Best of ATS Video Lecture Series (BAVLS)

• Develop modern educational materials to share widely with trainees, specifically to include: graduate students, PhD and MD clinical and research postdoctoral fellows, making the materials freely available through the ATS website:
- Research Core Training (RCT) – new program, 30 min webinar plus 5-10 min podcast, goal to have 3 made per year (in collaboration with DDDD);
- Career Development Core Training – new program, similar to RCT above, goal to have 3 webinars and podcasts to be made in the next year. Will also record additional Podcasts at the IC, near the Center for Career Development, right after each speaker completes their session (collaboration with MITT and SoME);
- Pediatric Pulmonary ATS Reading List – new list in development, with external committee to review the list annually prior to the TC reviewing and posting the list.

• Establish the Resident Boot Camp (RBC) sub-committee of the TC. The TC will direct all RBC programs and provide leadership. The key pillar chairs of both the adult and pediatric RBC will be members of the TC (to be discussed further and finalized during the in-person TC meeting in May 2018). All other at-large members of the RBC sub-committee and working groups may be members of the TC or any other ATS committee, section or assembly.

• Virtual Resident Boot Camp (VBC) – Live webinars and Facebook Live sessions will be run during the in-person RBC, targeting all residents not selected to attend the 2018 RBC in person.

• International RBC – Inviting other international societies to send delegates to participate in the RBC programs.

Other general benchmarks:
• Continue to foster a collaborative relationship with fellowship directors via the Association of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Program Directors (APCCMPD) and the Pediatric Pulmonary Training Directors Association (PEPTDA), to better meet the needs of our diverse trainees;

• Review any proposed policy or position statements relevant to the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) or Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), and advise the Board of Directors accordingly;

• Collaborate with MITT to develop resources and programming for fellows transitioning to early career faculty positions (Fellow to Faculty Boot Camp);

• Collaborate with Education and MITT on the Fellows Track Symposium, to ensure the highest level of educational opportunities for the trainees attending;

• Work with the Thoracic Society Chapters to develop content for trainees attending their meetings.