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Advancing the ATSMission


Advocacy is a priority for the ATS, and the Society maintains a Government

Relations Office inWashington, D.C. to represent the needs of ATS members

and their patients. It advocates on a wide range of issues that impact the fields

of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine.


The Society advocates for the international dissemination of research and the

development of related skills in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep to health care

professionals working around the world. Related activities include:

• The Society is a founding member and a leader in

the Forum of International Respiratory Societies

(FIRS), which is comprised of the world’s leading

international respiratory societies. The goal of FIRS

is to unify and enhance efforts to improve lung

health throughout the world.

• The Society’s Methods in Epidemiologic, Clinical and Operations Research

(MECOR) courses offer physicians working in South America, Asia, and Africa

the opportunity to learn about research techniques they can use to study

health issues in their own country.

• ATS provides International Trainee Scholarships to support international

trainees to attend the International Conference, where they will be exposed to

the state-of-the-art in basic and clinical research and practice of pulmonary,

critical care, and sleep medicine.

In addition to the personal benefits realized by membership in ATS, becoming a member

also helps the Society pursue its larger mission through the following activities: