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Note from the NetWork Chair…

Whether you are currently at the top of your game or just starting to build your professional career, I encourage you to apply for a position on the Respiratory Care NetWork Steering Committee. You will have fun while working shoulder-to-shoulder with many of the national leaders in respiratory care. The steering committee is both multidisciplinary and interprofessional. The current members are recognized leaders in pulmonary disease, critical care medicine, anesthesiology, respiratory care, research, education, administration, testing, and credentialing. Physicians, respiratory therapists, educators, administrators, researchers, and clinicians-in-training work together as peers and equals side-by-side in a supportive environment with the common goal of improving the quality and delivery of patient care and advancing the professional and education promoting excellence. 

Unique to the Respiratory Care NetWork's membership, you can engage, have a direct impact, and make a difference at a national level as a liaison representing CHEST on several national organizations related to the profession of respiratory care as a "member of the board." Appointed by the President of CHEST, liaisons represent CHEST

  • on BOMA of the AARC (Board of Medical Advisors of the American Association for Respiratory Care), the professional association for respiratory care
  • Board of Trustees of the MBRC (National Board of Respiratory Care) with test development and credentialing in respiratory therapy, PFTs, neonatology/pediatrics, sleep and critical care
  • Board of Commissioner to the CoARC (Commission of Accreditation for Respiratory Care), the accrediting body of respiratory education programs
  • Board of Directors NAMDRC (National Association for Medical Direction of Respiratory Care), dealing with regulatory and legislative issues that impact patient care with respiratory disease
  • Boards of Directors CoBGRTE (Coalition for Baccalaureate and Graduate Respiratory Therapy Education), advancing education programs
  • And member of the CAC to the RCI (Clinical Advisory Committee to the Respiratory Compromise Institute)

The following steering committee members will be recognized at the AARC Congress 2019 as American Respiratory Care Foundation Achievement Award Winners:

Mike West, MBA, RRT, Patient Education Award recipient: DeDe Gardner, DrPH, RRT, FCCP

Mitchell A. Baran Achievement Award for Clinical Excellence in Aerosol and Airway Clearance recipient: Arzu Ari, PhD, RRT

Want to get involved?

Apply for a steering committee position: Did you know that many CHEST leaders got their start on NetWork Steering Committees? Elections for steering committees are occurring now through May 28. Enter your name here if you are interested!

Participate in the NetWorks Challenge: Contribute on behalf of the Respiratory Care NetWork for the CHEST Foundation’s NetWork Challenge annual drive to support clinical research and patient education efforts. Each NetWork will be awarded a travel grant to give to a trainee or other designee for every $5,000 contributed to the CHEST Foundation.  

Join the conversation: Have an idea or suggestion? See a good article link you want to share? Want information on respiratory careStart tweeting with the hashtag: #CHESTRespCare

NetWork CHEST Physician article

Screen Shot 2019-05-16 at 10.25.27 AMCheck out the Respiratory Care NetWork’s latest article, Low-tidal volume ventilation,” by NetWork Fellow-in-Training Member, Bethlehem Markos, MD, in the April issue of CHEST Physician.



Designating primary and secondary NetWorks

Join as many NetWorks as you would like, and designate (up to) two primary NetWorks and limitless secondary NetWorks. Primary NetWork designation gives you access to News From the NetWorks, key events in the CHEST community, and up-to-date information on happenings in your NetWork. 

Join multiple NetWorks or change your NetWork affiliation any time by logging in to My Accountand indicate your preferences on the NetWorks page.

Learning opportunities

We encourage our membership to attend the CHEST Annual Meeting, where several lectures along with NetWork featured lectures and experiences will highlight the topics of interest in the area of practice operations. Registration for CHEST 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana, is open. 

Come by the Respiratory Care NetWork Open Forum on Tuesday, October 22, 2:30-3:30 pm, at CHEST Annual Meeting 2019 for information about the committee. 

Live learning events of interest to Respiratory Care and where our NetWork members are faculty and educators: 
Difficult Airway Management 
Mechanical Ventilation: Advanced Critical Care Management
Advanced Critical Care Echocardiography 
CHEST Board Review

Get to know your leadership!

Carl Kaplan

I have experience as a pulmonologist and medical intensivist, Professor of Medicine, Medical Director of Respiratory Care Departments, and Medical Director of multiple respiratory therapy school programs at the Associate, Baccalaureate, and Master level at several universities and colleges. Most important are the opportunities throughout my career over the past 3 decades provided by CHEST that were that were instrumental in my career development. This includes past Chair and Vice-Chair of the Respiratory Care NetWork; past Chair and Vice-Chair of the Critical Care NetWork; being a member of several committees and boards such as the CHEST Education Committee, Outcomes Subcommittee, CHEST FoundationCHEST PhysicianCouncil of NetWorks Executive Committee, Program Committee, and Executive Program Committee for the CHEST Annual MeetingYou can easily make your career with your membership to CHEST, if you raise your hand, volunteer, and participate. The sky is the limit. Be engaged as a member of CHEST.

Carl Kaplan, MD, FCCP 
Chair, Respiratory Care NetWork 


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I joined CHEST about 20 years ago and soon joined the NetWorks. Just like today, the NetWorks asked for volunteers. Within a few years I volunteered to be a Steering Committee member and got selected. Soon I moved up with selection to Vice-Chair and then Chair. These included being members of the Council of NetWorks (CoN). While not something everyone would like to do*, I eventually got selected as Vice-Chair and Chair of the CoN, which included representing the CoN on the Board of Regents of CHEST.  

Now I am back as Vice-Chair of the NetWork because we recently did not get enough volunteers. The opportunities are there for you to take advantage ofjust speak up! 

*Every step up the leadership ladder increases the time commitment required.  

Thomas Fuhrman, MD, MS, FCCP 
Vice-Chair, Respiratory Care NetWork

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