ATS Reading List

Reading List

This updated edition of the ATS Reading List includes articles published through December, 2021. We have added and removed a substantial number of articles and further refined the overall organization of the syllabus.

The primary goal of the ATS Reading List is to compile clinically relevant articles familiar to all "well-read" adult pulmonary and critical care physicians. Clinicians wishing to delve into influential original research articles rather than rely solely on the distilled summaries offered by review articles will find it to be a particularly rich resource. The Reading List is not intended to be a "Best Evidence Guide" to pulmonary and critical care medicine, substitute for on-line resources like UpToDate, or serve as another Board Review tool. We have included the following types of articles:

  • Clinical studies that are shaping the debate over the current standard of care, which may include studies with less methodologic rigor that garner a lot of attention
  • Landmark articles of historical significance
  • A select number of highly influential practice guidelines
  • Limited number of review articles meeting at least one of the following criteria:
    • Prominent Pulmonary topic lacking landmark articles or large clinical trials
    • Select topics in Non-Pulmonary Critical Care for which Pulmonary Critical Care providers typically turn to consultants for assistance

The selection of articles is based primarily upon literature searches and various "Year in Review" summaries. This edition has been reviewed by members of the ATS Training Committee. We offer sincere thanks for their valuable editorial input. We acknowledge the process of selecting articles is, to some degree, inherently subjective. Feedback from readers has resulted in substantial improvements to the Reading List, and we welcome additional comments from you.

Please send comments and suggestions to  Robert Kempainen, MD.


2018 Update: Caraganis AJ, Kempainen RR, University of Minnesota
2019 Update: Caraganis AJ, Kempainen RR, University of Minnesota
2020 Update: Wong JL, Kempainen RR, University of Minnesota
2021 Update: Lambert CS, Kempainen RR, University of Minnesota
2022 Update: Schwegman A, Kempainen RR, University of Minnesota