Overview of CHEST 2012

Dear Colleague:

I am pleased to share this overview of CHEST 2012. Under the stewardship of Doreen Addrizzo-Harris, MD, FCCP, Chair, and her program committee, an exceptional clinical education program has been developed. There will be a diverse assembly of approximately 300 general sessions, as well as hands-on simulation, case- and problem-based presentations, small-group interactive discussions, and more.

In addition to the education program, you can take advantage of several special events. The headlining event is The OneBreath Evening at the Georgia Aquarium, where you can take an exciting, aquatic trip with your colleagues and friends to the world’s largest aquarium and show your support for the OneBreath initiative.

Our annual meeting continues to grow to meet your education needs. In addition to what you have experienced at prior meetings, you will encounter new experiences at CHEST 2012.

  • Daily opening sessions will feature renowned speakers to start your days with insightful presentations. Emmanuel Gobillot will speak on leadership, Marilyn Tam will present on diversity, and Aneesh Chopra will discuss health-care reform and its implications in medicine.
  • A “pulmonary practitioner concentration” is being offered Sunday, so busy practitioners can attend focused sessions on the weekend.
  • Special sessions on chest infections will be delivered in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Clinical Care-Focused Tracks, offered on Thursday, will highlight the newly published antithrombotic guidelines (9th edition), bronchiectasis, COPD and asthma, critical care medicine, thoracic oncology, and interventional bronchology. These sessions will bring you up to date with the recent literature.
  • More of the popular Problem-Based Learning sessions will be offered. Some sessions covering radiologic cases will be available as an app, so you can continue a self-study experience through systematic interpretations of chest radiographs and CT scans and critical care radiology.
  • Other sessions will focus on radiology to add depth to the robust program. Sessions will highlight clinical-radiologic algorithms on the diagnosis of disease entities, such as multiple pulmonary nodules, bronchiolar diseases, pleural diseases, lung cancers, and others.
  • The ACCP Simulation Center will offer half-day comprehensive simulation sessions in airway management, bronchoscopy, mechanical ventilation, and ultrasonography.
  • There will be a special focus on leadership development and education, with symposia set up to enhance learning in these areas.
  • Poster presentations will showcase original science and research during unopposed times. An electronic presentation format will allow you constant access to select studies.
  • The Clinical Resource Center will showcase diagnostic and treatment solutions, and the Centers of Excellence, a dedicated area for showcasing programs and practices that advance outcomes, will exhibit practices that have made the selected programs exceptional.
  • Outside of the meeting, there are many medical institution and general community outreach opportunities being planned.

Join us at CHEST 2012! The host city of Atlanta offers many attractions, from the World of Coca-Cola, to a peep inside the CNN Studios, to hours of viewing in the world's largest aquarium, to the fascinating works at the High Museum of Art and the highly acclaimed Stone Mountain Park. Atlanta showers its visitors with its unique and distinctive southern hospitality and charm. Come and experience it for yourself.

Suhail Raoof, MBBS, FCCP
ACCP President