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Council of Chapter Representatives

Thoracic society chapters (“chapters”) further the purposes of the Society within the United States at the local, state or regional level. Chapters are required to hold at least one scientific and one business meeting each year which may be concurrent; many hold multiple meetings each year. Some chapters additionally offer newsletters, online medical journals, and support advocacy initiatives. Each chapter elects a representative to the Council of Chapter Representatives (CCR) which provides a forum within the ATS to address issues of relevance to chapters; three CCR officers also serve on the ATS Board of Directors. CCR representatives represent the Council and the Society to their chapters and promote the Society within the chapters. In addition, they seek opportunities to improve the performance of all chapters and form new chapters.

1. Provide education for medical professionals through chapter educational meetings;

2. Actively engage junior professionals in chapter and ATS activities at the local and national level;

3. Form new chapters to broaden opportunities for local medical education and the ATS and chapter presence;

4. Increase the value of ATS membership for clinicians and investigators in the ATS through chapter initiatives;

5. Promote awareness and the value of chapters within the ATS;

6. Support and participate in ATS advocacy initiatives at the local and national level.