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Quality Improvement and Implementation Committee

Chair Bela Patel, MD Houston, TX
Vice Chair Mark L. Metersky, MD Farmington, CT
Committee Member Kathryn Artis, MD, MPH Portland, OR
Committee Member Lara Bashoura, MD Houston, TX
Committee Member Brian W. Carlin, MD Sewickley, PA
Committee Member Deena K. Costa, PhD, RN Ann Arbor, MI
Committee Member Laura C. Feemster, MSc, MD Seattle, WA
Committee Member Carolyn M. Fruci, MD, PhD Fall River, MA
Committee Member Robert C. Hyzy, MD, ATSF Ann Arbor, MI
Committee Member Mark E. Mikkelsen, MSCE, MD Philadelphia, PA
Committee Member Robert C. Stansbury, MD Morgantown, WV
Committee Member Jennifer Stevens, MD, MS Boston, MA
Committee Member George Su, MD San Francisco, CA
Committee Member Carey C. Thomson, MPH, MD, ATSF Cambridge, MA
Committee Member Curtis H. Weiss, MD, MS Skokie, IL
Staff Gary Ewart Washington, DC

The Training Committee (TC) provides strategic guidance for the Society in issues related to clinical and research training in adult and pediatric pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. The TC primarily focuses on the needs of trainees. As such, the TC reviews and proposes training curricula and program standards and recommends innovative approaches to training of graduate students, clinical fellows, residents and postdoctoral fellows to meet the professional standards and workforce needs. The TC monitors training requirements of accrediting and certifying organizations, and responds to legislative and regulatory activities that affect training, by giving recommendations to the Board on policies related to such activities. The TC collaborates with Assemblies, other Committees, Thoracic Society Chapters, and other professional societies and organizations to develop common strategies to promote excellence in clinical and research training and career development, support efforts to eliminate gender, racial, or ethnic disparities, and promote involvement in the Society of members in training and educational program leaders.

Benchmarks, 2019-2020:

Continue established educational programming at the International Conference for trainees and training program directors;

Continue programs to recognize and highlight the accomplishments of early career medical educators, and to share innovative educational tools and programs, fostering collaborative relationships with fellowship directors via the Association of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Program Directors (APCCMPD) and the Pediatric Pulmonary Training Directors Association (PEPTDA), to better meet the needs of our diverse trainees;

Develop and review modern educational materials to be shared virtually with trainees, specifically to include: graduate students, PhD and MD clinical and research postdoctoral fellows, throughout the year;

Further refine the Resident Boot Camp (RBC) sub-committee of the TC. The TC will direct all RBC programs and provide leadership;

Build curriculum and content for a Virtual Boot Camp to accommodate individuals who cannot attend the in person session;

Invite international societies to send delegates to participate in the ATS in-person Resident Boot Camp, to provide them with the tools with which they can run their own Boot Camps. International trainees participating in the RBC will be invited to review ATS educational content available virtually, to provide feedback on the relevance to international trainees;

Review any proposed policy or position statements relevant to the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP), Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), and advise the Board of Directors accordingly;

Collaborate with the Education Committee and MITT to identify common metrics and meaningful outcome measures for the Resident Boot Camp, Fellows Track Symposium and Fellow to Faculty Boot Camp;

Align the process for updating the Pediatric Reading List with the Adult Reading list and collaborate with the Assembly on Pediatrics for ongoing curation of the material;

Work with the Thoracic Society Chapters to develop content for trainees attending their meetings;

Continue collaboration with DDDD, MITT, and others to identify novel opportunities for junior members, ensuring that engagement evolves to create greater knowledge and awareness of innovation, entrepreneurship and translational sciences as well as career opportunities in industry;

In collaboration with Web Editorial and MITT Committees, streamline and consolidate content that relates to trainees and early career professionals.