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Forming Connections – Airways Disease Sessions at CHEST 2023

Forming Connections – Airways Disease Sessions at CHEST 2023

By: Laura DiMasi
April 17, 2023

Muhammad Adrish, MD, MBA, FCCP

Muhammad Adrish, MD, MBA, FCCP

Muhammad Adrish, MD, MBA, FCCP

Muhammad Adrish, MD, MBA, FCCP

Tailored to the whole of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine, there is something for every clinician at CHEST 2023, taking place in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, October 8 to 11. We connected with Muhammad Adrish, MD, MBA, FCCP, Chair of the Airways Disease Curriculum Group, to hear what his section has planned for attendees. To see what else is in store, browse the full educational program.

Why should someone who specializes in airways disorders go to CHEST 2023?
One thing I'm excited about for the CHEST Annual Meeting in Hawaiʻi is the breadth of the curriculum that we're going to be covering this year—we're going to have sessions on asthma, COPD, bronchiectasis, bronchiolitis, cystic fibrosis, and more. It really is such a wide spectrum of diseases in the airway curriculum.

This is also the time to be in the same room as other clinicians specializing in airways – I’ve found that the Q&A sessions after the presentation are better than the session itself. It’s always stirring to hear the dialogue of those with tremendous experience, especially when it’s in a field that you love.

From your specialty, who have you connected with because of a CHEST Annual Meeting?
For me, that person is Dr. Nicola Hanania. I met him at a CHEST Annual Meeting because I was developing an interest in the airways several years ago. A few years later, by coincidence, my wife matched into a fellowship in Houston, and I found myself needing a job in the Houston area to move with her. Recalling our interaction at the CHEST Annual Meeting, I reconnected with Dr. Hanania and ended up joining his section at Baylor College of Medicine.

That's a connection that I made while being involved with CHEST, and it helped me not only progress in my career but also find the person that I once idolized and now I get to work with and learn from him.

What makes the CHEST Annual Meeting different from other medical conferences?
I think I always feel going to the CHEST meeting is like going to a family get-together. We all work in pulmonary [medicine], so we already have something in common, and, now, it’s a lot of people that I personally know because I’ve seen them at past meetings.

At the CHEST Annual Meeting, there’s a sense of belonging to the organization, and it’s a really refreshing feeling. It’s because of this familial mentality that makes the CHEST meeting great for networking with your peers.

If someone is coming to CHEST for the first time, what's a good way to get that foot in the door and to make that first connection?
A great first step to getting involved is attending the Network mixer. When I was a fellow, I went to one and here I am several years later chairing the Airways Disorders Network!

If you are particularly interested in getting involved with our Network, I also encourage attending the Airways Disorders Network Featured Lecture, on Tuesday, October 10, at 10:30 am.

Are there any other sessions you’re particularly excited for?
We put together a great program, so there’s a lot I could speak to but, for now, I’ll mention the Controversies in Asthma-COPD Overlap - A Pro-Con Debate (Sunday, October 8, 10:45 am), Maximizing Oxygen Efficacy in the Ambulatory Setting (Monday, October 9, 1 pm), the always popular Pardon the Interruption 2023: Controversies in Asthma (Tuesday, October 10, 8:30 am), Hands-on Training on Airway Clearance Techniques and Devices (Wednesday, October 11, 10:30 am), and a lot more.

Mark your calendar for these airways sessions at CHEST 2023, and make sure to join Dr. Adrish and the rest of our amazing faculty in Hawaiʻi, October 8-11.




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