Message From CHEST Annual Meeting 2021 Co‑Chair
Chris Carroll, MD, FCCP
April 14, 2021
A little over a year ago, none of us imagined we’d be where we are right now. The pandemic has deeply affected us all, and there have been so many losses, both professional and personal. I’m proud of how our CHEST community responded to the pandemic. The incredibly rapid pace of knowledge acquisition and the speed at which we disseminated that knowledge took a lot of combined effort, but that’s nothing new to our CHEST community.
Throughout the pandemic, CHEST pushed digital education with an array of webinars, podcasts, bite-sized educational modules, and infographics. We held a highly successful, well-received CHEST 2020 online conference with just a few months of planning. I’m so excited to take what we learned about offering high-quality, digital education and turn that into a hybrid meeting for CHEST 2021 that meets the educational needs of every participant!
At CHEST 2021, you will be presented with the latest in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine for clinicians at all levels. Whether you are a trainee or an experienced clinician, there is something to learn at CHEST 2021. We are packing the agenda with experiences from live learning and simulation to high-quality education sessions and smaller problem-based learning classes.
On top of this, you have an amazing opportunity to network and reconnect with colleagues you haven’t seen in months! Whether at Experience CHEST, in the gaming area, the Trainee and Transition Lounge, and more, CHEST 2021, as always, is the best at providing top-tier education, team-based learning, and community connections.
This will be the first hybrid meeting put on by CHEST. We came to the decision knowing that while some people are hungry to get back to having an in-person experience, others found that a virtual conference better fit their needs. I strongly encourage you to join us October 17-20 in Orlando, Florida, to experience the networking and growth opportunities that come from attending in person. We are following strict protocols, as recommended by the CDC, and will be requiring all attendees to attest to being vaccinated. However, if travel isn’t possible, join us for livestreamed, immersive digital learning from wherever you are in the world. Regardless of your choice, both options will allow you to engage in fun experiences, learn, and connect.
As Co-Chair of CHEST 2021, I’d like to personally invite you to participate, whether this is your first time or you’ve lost count how many times you’ve attended the annual meeting. The community at CHEST is what makes the CHEST conference special, and we are proud to be able to keep you all connected despite geographical restrictions.
Looking forward to seeing you there
and connecting on Twitter at #CHEST2021.
Chris Carroll, MD
Co-Chair, CHEST 2021