Are you making the most of your CTS membership? Many of you may be aware of the two annual educational conferences that CTS now offers (and stay tuned for more information about the upcoming Southern California Conference in October 2019 and the Northern California Conference in January 2020.)
Dear members and friends of the California Thoracic Society, I am incredibly honored to be serving as the President of CTS for the next year during such an exciting time of growth for our society. Our membership and our educational conferences are now thriving, and we remain one of the strongest chapters of the American Thoracic Society. I would like to personally thank Dr. Philippe Montgrain for his strong leadership and guidance of the society over the past year.
Dear friends and colleagues, It has been an honor to serve as your CTS President in 2018. It was an exciting year for CTS. We saw continued growth of our two educational conferences (Southern and Northern California), expansion of our leadership pipeline and committee membership, enhanced participation in matters of advocacy and health policy, and importantly, an improved financial outlook.
Dear friends and colleagues, I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. I always enjoy reflecting on the multiple things I am grate- ful for during this holiday. I spent the long weekend with my family in Idyllwild, a picturesque, idyllic mountain vil- lage that we love visiting. Our time there included an 8 mile hike up to Tahquitz Peak, 8800 feet above sea level.
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!