I would like to personally thank all of you who attended the CTS Southern Cali- fornia Educational Conference that recently took place in Irvine, CA. Thanks to you, the conference was a great success, with our highest attendance at a Southern meeting thus far. When we added the Southern California Conference 5 years ago, it was to reach out to our members in all parts of the state, and provide valuable educational opportunities beyond our flagship conference in Carmel, CA. Your response has been truly positive!
Each year, the American Thoracic Society (ATS) honors an exemplary commu- nity or academic clinician through its Outstanding Clinician Award (OCA). In ad- dition, Thoracic Society Chapters may nominate an individual for their Chapter OCA award. The OCA recognizes exemplary clinicians who are dedicated to direct patient care. While each Thoracic Society Chapter chooses its own recip- ient, each year only one national award recipient is selected.
The CTS Southern California Educational Conference is only 3 weeks away! We hope you will join us at the Hilton Irvine on September 21-22, 2018. There is still time to register, which can be done at the following link: https://calthoracic.org/events/2018-fall-annual-educational-conference/
The July edition of CTS Inspirations highlights one of my favorite events at our Annual Northern California Educational Conference: The CTS Scholars Poster Competition. We had over 20 entries from throughout California, and it is my pleasure to feature the 3 CTS Scholar Award winners below.
I enjoyed seeing many of you at the American Thoracic Society International Conference in San Diego. It was a memorable conference with many highlights. A personal highlight was introducing Dr. Joseph Lynch for the California Out- standing Clinician Award. Many of you were there, and I thank you for your show of support.