Advancing the ATSMission
ENHANCING PUBLIC HEALTH
Advocacy is a priority for the ATS, and the Society maintains a Government
Relations Office inWashington, D.C. to represent the needs of ATS members
and their patients. It advocates on a wide range of issues that impact the fields
of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine.
PROMOTING GLOBAL HEALTH
The Society advocates for the international dissemination of research and the
development of related skills in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep to health care
professionals working around the world. Related activities include:
• The Society is a founding member and a leader in
the Forum of International Respiratory Societies
(FIRS), which is comprised of the world’s leading
international respiratory societies. The goal of FIRS
is to unify and enhance efforts to improve lung
health throughout the world.
• The Society’s Methods in Epidemiologic, Clinical and Operations Research
(MECOR) courses offer physicians working in South America, Asia, and Africa
the opportunity to learn about research techniques they can use to study
health issues in their own country.
• ATS provides International Trainee Scholarships to support international
trainees to attend the International Conference, where they will be exposed to
the state-of-the-art in basic and clinical research and practice of pulmonary,
critical care, and sleep medicine.
In addition to the personal benefits realized by membership in ATS, becoming a member
also helps the Society pursue its larger mission through the following activities: