ATS Interest Groups

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ATS Interest Groups

An Interest Group of the American Thoracic Society is defined as a community of ATS members with 15 to 50 members with an interest in networking and advancing a specific area of knowledge, health care or research initiative, or technology within the areas of Pulmonology, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine.

Interest groups must be affiliated with a specific ATS assembly or with the approval of the ATS Executive Committee. Below are the current ATS interest groups:

Becoming an Interest Group

Objectives of an Interest Group of the ATS may vary based on the focus of each group. Each group must provide ATS with a complete application. To complete an application, please see the link below. The deadline for submission of applications is January 31st. Applications that are received after the deadline will not be considered until the following calendar year.

Key components of the application

  • A brief description of their purpose
  • The group’s Mission Statement and Goals (Who are we and what are we going to accomplish)
  • How the Mission Statement relates to and supports the mission and strategic objectives of ATS
  • Proposed outcomes for any meetings they hold during the International Conference
  • Any logistical support
  • Specifications needed (meals, AV etc.)

Applications will be reviewed and approved by the ATS Planning and Evaluation Committee as an initial first step.  The recommendations from the Planning and Evaluation Committee will then be submitted to the ATS Executive Committee for final approval.

Interest groups will be reviewed on an annual basis to determine if goals are being met.  ATS reserves the right to sunset an interest group at any time.

If you are interested in submitting an application to become an interest group please click here.