Welcome to CHEST 2012

On behalf of the ACCP, I invite you to join us at CHEST 2012 in charming Atlanta, Georgia. Enjoy our tradition of outstanding clinical and scientific educational offerings, featuring more than 500 faculty members convening from around the world. The CHEST 2012 Scientific Program Committee, together with ACCP and NetWork leadership, is building a program that is influenced by your feedback more than ever before. This process is leading to enhanced critical care, sleep medicine, lung cancer, pulmonary infection, practice management, and radiology programs.

The ever-popular “hands-on” ACCP Simulation Center will continue to have members test their skills in airway management, bronchoscopy, mechanical ventilation, and ultrasonography. A new radiology track on pulmonary and critical care topics has been added, and case-based clinical puzzlers, as well as problem-based learning opportunities, will be offered to a greater extent this year.

Building on the international flavor of CHEST 2011, there will again be a focus on international speakers and sessions, and we will continue the global poster session that started during CHEST 2011. We will be focusing on “leadership.” Dr. Suhail Raoof, ACCP President, has chosen this as a theme during his presidency, and it will be highlighted in a keynote session. Look for keynote speakers at opening sessions on Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday.

Postgraduate courses will be held Saturday and will be offered as a postgraduate course package. Registration for the postgraduate course package will allow admittance to any postgraduate course and online access to all course materials. CHEST 2012 will begin Sunday and end Thursday at noon. Thursday sessions will be grouped into one of five clinical care focused tracks, including antithrombotic guidelines (9th edition), bronchiectasis, COPD and asthma, critical care medicine, and thoracic oncology/interventional bronchology.

Many of our programs are designed to offer audience participation, case-based problem solving, and the latest evidence-based information to ensure attendees are delivered an educationally rich, meaningful experience.

I look forward to seeing y’all in Atlanta!

Doreen J Addrizzo-Harris, MD, FCCP
Scientific Program Chair
CHEST 2012