Calling all CHEST 2019 trainees

Mauricio Danckers, MD, FCCP
Mauricio Danckers, MD, FCCP

Every year, CHEST finds different ways to engage trainees and make the most of their annual meeting experience through events and courses.

“CHEST is a great opportunity for trainees to learn, to have fun, and to establish professional connections with other physicians and trainees,” said Mauricio Danckers, MD, FCCP, Vice Chair of the Training and Transitions Committee. “They get to see what CHEST is about, what our educational style is like, a taste of our outstanding scientific program while sharing the passion we all attendees have for our field of expertise.”

A scientific meeting can be overwhelming—with hundreds of topics and sessions to choose from—and difficult-to-navigate if you’re a first-time attendee or a fellow, said Dr. Danckers, clinical faculty at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center. CHEST offers the trainees great resources and a dedicated program to get most out of the meeting.

The Trainee Lounge acts as home base where trainees can relax with their peers while connecting with other faculty and young professionals.

“The curriculum within the lounge is developed by fellows for fellows,” Dr. Danckers said. “Speakers might address how to deal with fellowship challenges and common topics like contract negotiations, how to find your first job, and what’s different in a community-based setting vs academic setting. All of this is in a relaxing environment where an incredible amount of knowledge is shared with the audience.”

Another great activity for fellows is the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellows Courseon Saturday, October 19. Fellows are nominated by their program directors from all around the country to attend this 1-day review course led by remarkable faculty. The course format has been revamped over the past 2 years to nicely fit fellows’ needs and maximize their learning. The course shifted from a lecture-based course to a fully interactive immerse day through a variety of simulation modules that provide fellows, through a hands-on experience, with the education they need and they want. This allows trainees to learn by doing while taking advantage of CHEST’s simulation platforms. CHEST reach continues to expand every year and is welcoming 150 fellows to New Orleans this year.

“Trainees get to enjoy hands-on learning while having closer interactions with faculty and their peers,” Dr. Danckers said. “Even when standing in line for the next simulation module, organic professional networking is taking place with fellows exchanging names and numbers with their peers.”

TheCHEST Challenge is also a very unique CHEST trainee event, Dr. Danckers said. On the night of Tuesday, October 22, the top three scoring fellowship programs compete in a Jeopardy!-style game. The teams were selected over the course of the year through various competitions, including a Twitter challenge and an online quiz.

“Every year, we try to give it a little twist and add something different for the CHEST challenge. Come and see it yourself!” Dr. Danckers said. “People laugh and people learn.”

The full list of trainee events Saturday, October 19 – Tuesday, October 22 is listed below.


7:30 am – 4:00 pm
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellows Course (Invite Only)
Convention Center, Room 265
Fellows were nominated by their Program Directors to attend this course with entirely hands-on and case-based learning, rotating through several stations in the simulation center. Selected fellows are invited to stay for CHEST 2019 (registration included) and encouraged to attend sessions relevant to their careers.


6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
NetWorks Mixer
Trainees are encouraged to attend and meet with NetWork leadership to learn about the 22 special interest groups of CHEST and how to get involved. There is a dedicated fellow-in-training position on each NetWork Steering Committee, so it is a great way to get your leadership journey started at CHEST.

Trainee Lounge
Sunday, October 20 – Tuesday, October 22 | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday, October 23 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Relax and connect with other trainee members and attendees in the Trainee Lounge. Trainees are invited to stop by to recharge, attend trainee-specific education sessions, and network. Educational sessions will cover topics ranging from choosing your career path, financial planning, leadership, and more.


8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
CHEST Foundation Young Professionals Reception (Invite Only)
French Quarter at Bourbon Cowboy
Young professionals up to 5 years out of training are invited to this reception hosted by the CHEST Foundation. Meet your colleagues in a relaxed, social atmosphere, and let the Foundation show some appreciation for your commitment to chest medicine.


8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
CHEST Challenge Championship and After Party
Sheraton-Armstrong Ballroom
It’s game on! Cheer for your favorite team during the CHEST Challenge Championship. Fellow members competed in preliminary rounds in April, and now players from the top three teams will go head-to-head in a Jeopardy-style format. Watch the teams compete while challenging your own knowledge. Who will take the title this year? Come and find out. Then stick around to celebrate during the first CHEST Challenge official after party!
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Case Report Poster Sessions

All posters are located in the Exhibit Hall.
Come view case report posters during these grand round sessions in the exhibit hall. This is your chance to discover these cases from your fellow peers, and network with presenters and moderators.

2:30 pm – 3:15 pm

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

9:45 am – 10:45 am

Oral Case Report Presentations

Learn from your peers! More than 20 oral case report sessions will present the latest cases in critical care, procedures, rare pulmonary diseases, and more. This is your opportunity to attend and support educational sessions by fellows, medical students, and residents.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

3:45 pm – 4:45 pm

8:45 am – 9:45 am