Training Committee

Chair Kristin M. Burkart, MD, MSc, ATSF New York, NY
Vice Chair May M. Lee, MD, ATSF Los Angeles, CA
Committee Member Anna K. Brady, MD Portland, OR
Committee Member Asha M. Anandaiah, MD Boston, MA
Committee Member Briana Short, MSc, MD New York, NY
Committee Member - CCR Representative Carolyn H. Welsh, MD, ATSF Aurora, CO
Committee Member Christine M. Bojanowski, MD New Orleans, LA
Committee Member Christine M. Freeman, PhD Ann Arbor, MI
Committee Member Darlene Nelson, MD Rochester, MN
Committee Member Henry E. Fessler, MD Baltimore, MD
Committee Member - Fellow Hugo Carmona, MD Seattle, WA
Committee Member Janaki Paskaradevan, MD Houston, TX
Committee Member Kathleen Doo, MD, MEd Oakland, CA
Committee Member Lekshmi Santhosh, MD, MEd SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Committee Member Mai K. Elmallah, MD, MS Durham, NC
Committee Member Maroun Matta, MD Cleveland, OH
Committee Member Matthew G. Drake, MD Portland, OR
Committee Member Morgan Soffler, MD CHESTNUT HILL, MA
Committee Member Nathan M. Mesfin Boston, MA
Committee Member Nirav G. Shah, MD, ATSF Baltimore, MD
Committee Member Rachel Quaney, MD, MEd Aurora, CO
Committee Member Thomas Saba, DrMed Ann Arbor, MI
Staff Lauren G. Lynch New York, NY

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, 2021-2022:
• 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 Training Committee. The Training Committee 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;
• International Boot Camp: Promote the relationship between the ATS and its international sister societies through the common goal of supporting the development of the next generation of Pulmonary and Critical Care Physicians worldwide; Partner with medical educators from international societies to provide them with the tools to establish similar boot camp programs in their home country.
• 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, MITT and Planning and Evaluation 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;
• In collaboration with Digital Content Committee and MITT Committees, streamline and consolidate content that relates to trainees and early career professionals.
• Continue to be a resource for 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;
• Ensure inclusive and thoughtful language with an equity lens integrated throughout all topics. Prioritize content that incorporates diversity, equity, inclusion, and health disparities throughout our programming. Select speakers with a focus on gender balance and enhanced diversity.