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 Program or Planning 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 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.

Apprenticeship Requirements

Applicants must:

-Have research experience that would allow for the objective evaluation of scientific manuscripts

-Be in and remain in good standing with the ATS

-Have attended the International ATS Meeting at least once in the past

-Be able to attend the International ATS Meeting for two consecutive years

-Must not be active on any other ATS committee or working group

-Be able to contribute sufficient time monthly to regular telephone meetings

-Be in a postdoctoral fellowship position (senior medical fellow or postdoctoral research fellow) or in an early career stage (<2 years on faculty)

-Express interest in a career in academic medicine or scientific investigation

-Submit a letter of institutional support (no more than 1 page) from a Division Director or Department Chairperson