Summer is rapidly coming to a close and we are getting ready for a very busy fall and winter. We now are in the process of planning our CTS Annual Meeting and Educational Conference for January 2023. Save the date on your calendar now for Thursday, January 12, 2023 through Sunday, January 15, 2023 at the Portola Hotel and Spa in Monterey, California. Details will follow as soon as they become available.
I hope that you are taking the summer to relax and enjoy with family, friends, and colleagues. I would like to take this opportunity to bring to your attention an important initiative from the American Lung Association in California. In partnership with ALA, CTS is proud to endorse the Clean Air Act ballot. Please take a moment to learn more about it here and show your support: https://yeson30.org/
With CTS and ATS conferences behind us, I am very much looking forward to the warm weather and many sun-filled days ahead! Summer is my favorite season for many reasons: time to recharge with family, friends, and vacation. I especially enjoy the lingering sunlight hours late into the evening, and although the number of hours in a day have not changed, it feels as though I get a few additional hours per day! I am sure that many of you have plans for gatherings and travel, I encourage you to stay safe and practice good hygiene as COVID-19 continues to surround our lives. I wish you all a wonderful and safe summer!
We had a successful IN-PERSON annual educational CME conference on March 11-13 in Monterey! It was wonderful to see so many new and familiar faces again. Some of the meeting highlights included the wellness and career development panelists discussion, the fellow's poster competition, and the women in PCCM event. I would also like to congratulate Dr. Shazia Jamil (Scripps Clinic and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at UCSD), who not only received the CTS Clinician of the Year Award but is also ATS Outstanding Clinician of the Year as well! I would also like to thank the conference co-chairs Dr. Gaurav Singh and Kristina Kudelko, planning committee, faculty, and our executive office for executing a memorable event. On behalf of CTS, we are appreciative of our members and conference attendees who have supported CTS and particularly during COVID-19 pandemic. We look forward to having another successful meeting in 2023.
As president for 2022, I am thrilled to lead CTS into its 81st year! I first became acquainted with CTS as a faculty speaker for the southern California educational conference in San Diego, and soon after, became deeply involved and served as the Chair of Education Committee and the annual northern California educational conference. I then accepted a position on the Executive Committee. What a wonderful journey it has been, and it is with such pride and honor that I serve as president of CTS. My commitment to CTS is to advance our mission by promoting California lung health through advocacy, education, and to advancing the science and practice of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. As one of the oldest and largest ATS chapters, CTS continues to lead the respiratory community in innovation, education, inclusion, and diversity. An important goal as president is to engage young faculty and medical providers to become active members and to join the CTS family. CTS provides networking, sponsorship, and mentorship for new and returning members. It is an amazing resource and venue for young clinical faculty striving to pursue academic achievements outside of their respective institutions.