MECOR South East Asia Regional Course

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ATS MECOR Southeast Asia


ATS Methods in Epidemiologic, Clinical and Operations Research (MECOR)

MECOR Southeast Asia 

In Collaboration with 



Dates: September 23th- September 28th, 2024
Time:  8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location:  Cebu City, Philippines
Application Dates: December 2023 - May 31st, 2024
Application: Closed
MECOR Faculty:  MECOR Course Co-Director: Erlina Burhan
MECOR Course Co-Director: Tom Bice
ATS Senior Director, Global Health: Cristina Braz


ATS MECOR 2.0 South East Asia Regional Program

The American Thoracic Society (ATS) Methods in Epidemiologic, Clinical, and Operations Research (MECOR) Program is a multi-level research methods training course intended for clinicians, investigators, academicians, and public health professionals who primarily work with pulmonary diseases. The objective of the MECOR Program is to prepare current or aspiring investigators, academicians, clinicians and public health practitioners to design and conduct research that is relevant to the needs of the settings in which they work. The overall goal of the MECOR Program is to aid in the improvement of global lung health through the development of local, country, and regional lung disease research capacities in low and middle-income countries.

Launched in the spring of 2018, MECOR 2.0 is a redesign of the curriculum, course organization, and faculty/mentorship opportunities of the program, with the renewed goal that each participant completes the program with a research manuscript ready for publication. The curriculum utilizes a “flipped classroom” active learning teaching model with seminar style classroom sessions and a focus on one to one instruction with a learning management system available for students, faculty, and alumni. In this redesigned program, participants engage in a series of intensive one week-long classroom-based programs that combine online remote learning activities, lectures, group discussion and individual protocol development time with a mentor over a 2-year period.

For the first time ever, ATS, in partnership with the Indonesian Society of Respirology (PDPI), is offering a MECOR Course to the entire South East Asia region. With a dedicated team of professionals, we are thrilled to expand our efforts of improving research capacities globally. We look forward to the first ever MECOR South East Asia Regional Program in 2023.