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!
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/