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The Assemblies Teaching Competition

TC 2023

As part of our continuing efforts to highlight our amazing junior members, the Assemblies Early Career Professionals (ECP) Working Groups are hosting their third annual multi-Assembly teaching competition at the ATS International Conference. The goal is to showcase the best teachers the Assemblies have to offer.

Whether you are a clinician, scientist, epidemiologist, nurse, respiratory therapist or pharmacist if you are known in your institution as an excellent educator, why keep yourself a secret from the rest of the world? This program is open to US and international applicants attending the conference who are members of the following Assemblies:

Apply here

 Deadline is February 16, 2024

Applicant requirements:

  • Be a primary member of one of the participating Assemblies 
  • Must be in the early career stage (either in training or within 3 years of completing terminal training program)
  • Submit a brief application that consists of your CV, proposed objectives for your presentation, a statement of your teaching philosophy (~ 300 words), and a video presentation (< 8 minutes)
  • If selected as the assembly rep, be available to present live at the ATS International Conference 

Presentation criteria at the ATS Conference:

  • Cover a topic of your choice that pertains to your Assembly's focus
  • Run for a maximum of eight minutes
  • Include goals and/or objectives
  • Cannot use the audience response system
  • Also due to time constraints, you will not be able to take questions from the audience

Click here to view a draft judging rubric that will be used at the conference.

Each Assembly's ECP Working Group reviews the applications and selects one applicant to represent their assembly. The assembly rep will be assisted with improving their presentation including feedback and mentoring from their home assembly. At the final competition, selected Assembly reps will present live at the ATS International Conference in San Diego, CA. 1st place is awarded $750 and a feature article and second place wins $250.


2023 Assemblies Teaching Competition

1st place (SRN)
Blair Stone, MD
(University of Pittsburgh Medical Center)


Pranjal Patel
2nd place (CC)
Jennifer Szafran, MD
(University of Chicago)

2022 Assemblies Teaching Competition

1st place (RSF)
Laura Walkup, PhD
(Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center)


Pranjal Patel
2nd place (PI-TB)
Kunal Jakharia, MBBS, MD
(University of North Carolina)


2021 Assemblies Teaching Competition- Click here to view.


Krisha Desai
1st place (PI-TB)
Krisha Desai, MD
(Emory University)


Pranjal Patel
2nd place (TO)
Pranjal Patel, MD
(Loma Linda University Medical Center)


For more information contact  Tiana Lino, Assembly Programs Manager, or Bashar Staitieh and Janae Heath the Teaching Competition Organizers.