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Apprenticeship Program

Overarching Goals of the Apprenticeship Program

The Critical Care (CC) Assembly’s Apprenticeship Program is designed to provide early career Critical Care Assembly members with an opportunity to be directly involved in guiding the future of ATS. The goals of the CC Assembly Apprenticeship Program are to attract early career professionals and faculty, to increase their involvement in key CC Assembly activities and to improve visibility for early career members within the Assembly. The Apprenticeship offers a mentored, hands-on experience in the CC Assembly leadership and increases early career membership, contributions and networking to Assembly leadership. Under the mentorship of a committee member, Apprentices will get a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the operations of the CC Assembly while developing skills for evaluation of committee applications and development of committee projects. Apprentices may serve with either the Program or Planning Committee (descriptions below).


We will select three apprentices, one each for the Program, Planning, and Web Committees. For their first year, apprentices will serve as observers under the mentorship of their full committee member to understand the operations of the committee. Decisions about ongoing program/planning committee membership beyond one-year will be made by respective committee leadership.

Description of Program Committee

The Program Committee organizes the Critical Care content for the International Conference. There are two apprentice opportunities on the Critical Care Assembly Program Committee.

The Program Committee Apprentice will participate in the process of designing the International Conference content. The apprentice will learn to evaluate scientific abstract submissions and help program Conference sessions.

The Critical Care Program Committee also includes a Subcommittee on Education in Critical Care (SECC), which focuses on medical education programming and case reports. The goals of the SECC are to ensure that the conference content has high educational value for Critical Care providers and trainees, and to provide educational content and opportunities to Critical Care assembly members.  Each year, a Program Committee SECC Apprentice will be chosen. The SECC apprentice will learn to evaluate case report abstract submissions and help program medical education and case report conference sessions. They will have the opportunity to develop educational content throughout the year.

For both apprentice opportunities, applicants should be either early career faculty or senior fellows.

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 benefiting 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 the Web apprentice

The Web Committee is in charge of the CC Assembly's web content and online presence. 

Web Committee apprentice's expectations and responsibilities include assisting Web Director with all Assembly web content.  This may include the organization of web activities like journal clubs, podcasts, and social media.


We give preference to “early career” professionals, including senior fellows or junior faculty (Instructor or Assistant Professor) less than three years from fellowship, though applications from junior faculty up to six years from fellowship will be considered. Applicants should have at least two years of membership within ATS and the CC Assembly and have shown active participation in ATS International Conference activities (i.e., poster presentations, talks, seminars, session moderators). Non-physician professionals and international applicants are encouraged to apply.

Key Criteria 

Ideal candidates will have demonstrated prior involvement with ATS with a track record of interest in an academic career. Because our goal is to develop future leaders for the CC Assembly, consideration will be given to individuals who demonstrate high potential but who lack strong existing mentorship ties within the CC Assembly through their own institutions.


Apprentices are expected to be proactive and responsive to the activities of their designated (program or planning) committee during their one-year term, including by responding promptly to ATS communication and attending committee meetings (on-site and remote) during their term. Apprentices are representatives of the CC Early Career Professionals Working Group (CC ECPWG) so they must stay engaged with CC ECPWG activities during their term.

The deadline to apply is Mon, Jan 22