Apprenticeship Program

Apprenticeship Program

General Description:

The AII Assembly’s Apprenticeship Program is designed to provide early career AII Assembly members with an opportunity to be directly involved in guiding the future of ATS. Apprentices may serve with either the Executive, Program, Planning, or Web Committee (descriptions below). Under the mentorship of a committee member, Apprentices will get a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the operations of the AII Assembly while developing skills for evaluation of committee applications and development of committee projects. Committee Apprentices may have the opportunity to ‘graduate’ into full Committee membership in the year following Apprenticeship depending on their dedication and efforts.

In principle, the AII Assembly’s Apprenticeship Program should allow highly-motivated individuals to become more active in the AII Assembly and encourage Apprentices to become more active in committees and advance the goals of the ATS in the long-term. Apprentices should be selected based upon their potential for sustained involvement and contribution to the assembly. Preference will be given to candidates already in faculty positions with robust institutional support.

Description of Executive Committee
Under the leadership of the Assembly Chair, the Executive Committee consists of the chairpersons of the various committees, working groups, and initiatives of the AII Assembly. The Executive Committee meets monthly to coordinate major initiatives within the Assembly and to provide updates to the Assembly Chair. Executive Committee Apprentices will work directly with the Assembly Chair and are expected to attend all meetings.

Description of Program Committee
The Program Committee organizes the AII content for the International Conference. Program Committee Apprentices participate in the process of designing the International Conference content, learning to evaluate abstract submissions, and program Conference sessions.

Description of Planning Committee
The Planning Committee is charged with shaping the long-term strategy of the assembly, generally through soliciting and sponsoring projects including clinical practice guidelines, position papers, and workshops benefitting the Assembly. Planning Committee Apprentices will learn to provide evaluations and reviews of Committee project applications. Apprentices may have the opportunity to assist with the development of accepted project proposals.

Description of Web Committee
The Web Committee creates the Assembly’s web content such as journal clubs, podcasts, and virtual grand rounds as well as maintaining the Asthma Center website and the Assembly’s social media presence. The Web Committee apprentice will be expected to assist with the development and maintenance of the Assembly web content with a focus on the Asthma center and podcasts. 

Apprenticeship Criteria

  • Demonstration of a strong interest in a career in academic medicine
  • Demonstration of a strong interest in making scholarly contributions including research or medical education
  • ATS conference attendance (virtual/in-person) and/or abstract submission
  • The applicant is self-motivated and can state how this apprenticeship will help them to meet their career goals
  • Applicant embraces and/or adds to the diversity of the ATS leadership
  • Updated CV and or NIH Biosketch

 The deadline to apply is Mon, Jan 22