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President's Message: A Quality Time Was Had By All — Highlights from CTS Fall Symposium

from By Angela Wang, MD, CTS President

One of the unexpected things about private practice is the isolation. There are days so busy, that I don't even glimpse at my colleague working just around the corner. Despite all the information available online, I really miss having someone whom I can quickly bounce a case off of. Sometimes just asking a question out loud helps clarify my thinking. Information abounds on the Internet, but finding current, concise and trustworthy information is not always easy. That's one of the reasons I find conferences so invaluable. They remain the best way to access the best minds in our field.

CTS provides an efficient and personal way to stay up to date with its educational conferences. We held our 3rd Annual Fall Southern California Symposium on Saturday, Oct. 3. Planning the conference took months of work by our planning committee. Although the word "quality" makes healthcare providers cringe these days, CTS strives to design the highest quality conferences for busy practitioners who are taking time off from their work and family. Speakers are chosen not just for their ability to address practical needs and improve care, but also their integrity.

Judging by the rapt faces and smiles in the audience, I'm pleased to say that every talk was a home run. Dr. Wilcox's presentation on HRCT was invaluable, especially for community practitioners who do not have access to a thoracic radiologist. Drs. Huie and Poch presented lively, distilled overviews of IPF and PAH, respectively, greatly clarifying two areas of pulmonary medicine that have literally exploded with new drugs. Trina Limberg, RRT illuminated the current, confusing world of oxygen supplementation. Dr. Hagood's elegant review of childhood interstitial lung disease provided a unique perspective on adult lung disease while quoting Wordsworth. Finally, Dr. Chaux's presentation on lung transplantation was immensely reassuring for pulmonologists who struggle not just with the timing and practical aspects of referring their patients, but also uncertainty regarding their post-transplant role.

Lively discussion occurred during breaks, not just about the clinical topics, but practice concerns and administrative issues as well.

Our article this month is by Dr. Vipul Jain at UCSF-Fresno, a dynamic, very smart and unassuming young man interested in making the lives of his colleagues and patients better. Dr. Jain is emblematic of today's CTS.

We are your pulmonary community! Please join us in Carmel for the 2016 Annual CTS Carmel Conference Jan. 29-30, 2016 with ATS President Atul Malhotra as our keynote speaker. more

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