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RSF

Gwen Skloot, MD
Assembly Chair
Gwen Skloot, MD

WELCOME TO THE RSF ASSEMBLY

In 1992, my mentor suggested that I join the RSF Assembly. It has been my home ever since. Within the assembly, I found camaraderie, opportunities for collaboration, and career advice that helped determine my path in pulmonary medicine. My experience is in no way unique. RSF, one of the pioneering assemblies, has provided a home for many others for almost 40 years.

The RSF Assembly joins together basic scientists, clinical investigators, and clinicians who share an interest in advancing scientific discovery and patient care. The scope of the assembly is one of the broadest scientifically. It encompasses physiologic, morphologic, biochemical, cellular and molecular properties of the respiratory system in health and disease and explores the mechanisms through which normal structure and function is altered. Our members have diverse interests including but not limited to lung and skeletal muscle physiology; respiratory mechanics; control of ventilation; innervation of the respiratory system; lung-heart interactions; bronchial circulation; acute lung injury; imaging, simulation, and modeling; pulmonary gas exchange; lung function testing at rest and during exercise and aerosol deposition.

In 2018, our roster included 2,572 individuals, making us the 4th largest assembly. Our membership is as diverse as our interests. Thirty-eight percent of us come from outside of the United States. Almost one third of us are women. Thirty-seven percent of us are 40 years old or younger. Our Early Career Professional Working Group is very active and provides a way for junior members to “learn the ropes” and to get involved. The group consists of graduate students, post-doctoral and clinical fellows, and junior faculty. This year, the ATS launched an apprenticeship program for senior fellows and early career faculty to get a “behind the scenes” look at the operations of the RSF Assembly while developing skills for evaluation of scientific abstracts and major proposals (i.e., Program Committee) and development of committee projects (i.e., Planning Committee). We also have a strong mentorship program that allows junior members to be paired with senior faculty who share their interests and can help them to navigate the ATS conference.

It is important to emphasize that the assembly is active all-year long and not just at the annual membership meeting. The officers who comprise the Executive Committee convene on a monthly call to discuss assembly business. The main focus of the call is to receive reports from the various committees that comprise the backbone of assembly structure. This includes the Program Committee, the Planning Committee, the Nominating Committee (identifies candidates for the assembly’s leadership positions), the Web Committee, the Early Career Professional Working Group, and the Science Core Committee. Other roles of the Executive Committee are to establish working groups to develop state-of-the-art ATS official documents, to design symposia, to plan journal clubs and podcasts, to foster career development of junior members, to be part of the Science and Innovation Center Planning group for ATS and, to represent the needs, goals, and interests of the entire RSF membership.

As the Chair of the RSF Assembly, I will act diligently on your behalf. My hope is that you will all be active participants in our assembly. The assembly exists to help you to achieve your career goals. Within RSF, you have an inviting scientific space to call your home -- one in which you can present your work, share your ideas, and learn from others. Whether you are a basic scientist, a clinical investigator, or a clinician, you can all thrive within our assembly. RSF truly provides a bridge from the bench to the bedside. If you are just starting out in your career, I strongly encourage you to get involved, ask questions, investigate our apprenticeship and mentorship programs, and attend the business meeting at the International Conference. It is my goal to represent all RSF Assembly members, both old and new. I encourage your questions, ideas, comments and participation. Your innovative involvement will drive the field of respiratory medicine forward and help to promote lung health.

Last Reviewed: December 2018