Dear colleagues and friends, It has been a sincere honor to serve as CTS president for the past year. 2017 has been an important year for CTS on nearly every major level. We began the year very challenged financially due to changes in the ABG proficiency testing program and overhead costs beyond our financial ability. Thanks to our adminis- trative and professional leadership, we enter 2018 significantly more stable financially, and look for- ward to further improvement in serving CTS members and our mission in 2018.
Dear colleagues and friends, 2017 has been an important and eventful year for CTS. I am grateful to all of you for your support and involvement in many of CTS’ activities and to our leadership and committees for your important contributions. A few areas that I am very grateful for are included below.
Dear colleagues and friends, We are looking ahead to another exciting CTS conference at the beautiful Quail Lodge resort in Carmel on Friday January 26 and Saturday January 27, 2018. Friday’s symposium will feature a Multidisciplinary Approach to Interstitial Lung Disease featuring top international speakers, followed by fellow’s poster competition, reception and the annual Western Respiratory Club Dinner featuring John Balmes MD speaking on ‘The Sonoma-Napa Fires: Health Impact and Response’. Saturday’s agenda includes a half day Lung Cancer Symposium followed by an Update on Bronchiectasis. For more information and to register, visit: https://calthoracic.org/events/2018-annual-educational-conference/.
Dear colleagues and friends, Our thanks to all who made our UCSD Multidisciplinary COPD Advanced Skills Training Symposium and Ultrasound skills course at the beautiful UCSD MET center in La Jolla CA a resounding success.. Our sincere thanks to Philippe Montgrain,, Shazia Jamil,, Dan Sweeney,, Trina Limberg,, Bill Stringer,, Ni - Cheng Liang,, George Chaux,, the members of CTS planning,, multidisciplinary and education committees,, and our outstanding administrative team who went above and beyond to make the meeting a suc-- cess including our executive director Phil Porte,, and the tireless work of Vickie Parshall,, Dave Eu-- banks and Karen Lui..
We have a few exciting updates for our upcoming UCSD Multidisciplinary COPD Advanced Skills Training Symposium on Saturday September 30 and 2-day Ultra- sound skills course on Saturday September 30 and Sunday October 1 at the beautiful UCSD MET center in La Jolla CA: We have also extended the early bird rate and are promoting a ‘3 registrations for the price of 2 for each conference. Only one CTS member is needed to get the member discount for group registration.