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Clinical Research and Quality Improvement NetWork News

A message from CHEST

As was recently announced, CHEST 2021 is moving fully online after an extensive review of the present and potential conditions affecting in-person participation. We learned from last year’s online meeting and are ready to do it better all over again. We hope you will register today to join us!

Note from the NetWork Chair

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CHEST 2021 will be held online, October 17-20. I look forward to meeting you all virtually at the annual meeting.

Our NetWork’s business meeting this year will also host a featured lecture by Matthew Churpek, MD, PhD, on, “Using Machine Learning to Improve Outcomes in Critical Illness.” I invite you to attend the NetWork business meeting and the featured lecture. This is a great way to engage with our NetWork and learn about new innovations in medicine.

Our NetWork has been very active at CHEST with numerous session proposals, submission of CHEST Physician® articles, and participation in other CHEST activities. It’s your participation that helps to disseminate knowledge and to grow and highlight our NetWork.

Looking forward to reconnecting with you all at a highly educational and fun CHEST 2021!

Chitra Lal, MD, FCCP
Chair, Clinical Research and Quality Improvement NetWork

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NetWork CHEST Physician article 

Check out our NetWork’s latest article, “Long-COVID: COVID‑19 disease beyond the pandemic," by steering committee fellow-in-training members, Ankita Agarwal, MD, and Aravind Menon, MD, and steering committee member, Bharat Bajantri, MD, in the latest CHEST Physician® issue.


Upcoming NetWork call

As a NetWork member, you're welcome to join your NetWork Steering Committee calls. If interested in joining an upcoming call, please contact Katlyn Froslan at, and she will be happy to share access information.

  • Tuesday, September 21, at 5 pm CT

Save the date! This year, the CHEST 2021 NetWork Featured Lecture will take place prior to the meeting in October. Join us for Dr. Matthew Churpek’s presentation, “Using Machine Learning to Improve Outcomes in Critical Illness,” October 5, at 4 pm CT.

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COVID-19 resources 

Explore the COVID-19 Resource Center to find curated content to help you during the pandemic. Browse through clinical resources, access key research related to the management of patients with COVID-19, view recorded webinars, and more.

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Get to know your steering committee: Shahid Sheikh, MD, FCCP

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I am a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Ohio State University College of Medicine and have been a Pediatric Pulmonologist and Allergist-Immunologist located at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, for more than 20 years. My background is in clinical research, with a focus on both pediatric asthma and cystic fibrosis. I have been honored with the Distinguished CHEST Educator award for the past 3 years. I am also Chair of the Pediatric Chest Medicine NetWork, which helps me to develop partnerships between NetWorks for both educational and research projects.

I am honored to be a part of the Clinical Research and Quality Improvement NetWork, since research is essential for improving quality of life and patient care. As a NetWork member, my goal is to play an active role in improving collaborations between NetWorks and in developing content for CHEST Annual Meetings. It also enables me to mentor and promote fellows and young faculty. The NetWorks provide opportunities for young faculty and fellows to learn and collaborate, which helps advance academic careers and research projects.

Also of interest 

  • New to CHEST SEEK™ Education: CHEST SEEK Pulmonary Medicine: 31st Edition and CHEST SEEK Sleep Medicine: 5th Edition are your go-to self-study resources for your board exams. Review new case-based questions to stay up-to-date and earn CME with these trusted learning resources.

  • The journal CHEST® is accepting applications for Early Career Editorial Board Members. This is a 12-month mentorship with the journal CHEST Editorial Board. Accelerate your professional career with this opportunity to learn about the scholarly publishing landscape, review manuscripts, make recommendations for final decisions on manuscripts, and more. Apply before the deadline, Friday, October 1.

  • The NetWorks Challenge 2021 is continuing through the end of August. Join the CHEST Foundation to help raise money for microgrants and travel grant initiatives. There are only a few days left to participate. Continue your efforts in this virtual race, whether you’ve been working on running a 25k, reading 25 books, or bingeing 25 Netflix shows. The CHEST Foundation is on their way to a goal of $75,000, and they're counting on you to help them finish strong. Register to participate or consider donating.

  • In-person simulation courses are back, and seats are filling fast. The all-new course format for 2021 ensures your safety while offering you valuable hands-on, interactive training with experts. Explore the full course schedule to find more courses worth attending.
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