Mentor Program

Mentor Program

Thank you for visiting the mentor program page. Unfortunately, the deadline for abstract submission has passed, so we are no longer accepting abstracts for the COPD9USA Conference. If you submitted an abstract, you should receive notification about acceptance no later than mid-April. Don’t forget to register for the Conference here.

For questions regarding abstracts, please contact Delia Prieto at
For questions regarding the Mentor Program, please contact Elisha Malanga at

At COPD9USA, the COPD Foundation will launch a pilot of a formal mentoring program and will feature specific sessions designed to be of interest to young investigators. Mentees will receive free registration to the conference and, as funding allows, opportunities for hotel and travel reimbursement may become available.

Individuals who are in training (or fellowship) or within 5 years of completion of training (or fellowship) are eligible to apply for the COPD9USA mentorship program.

  • 8 COPD9USA sessions selected for the mentorship program and there will be 1 mentor and 1 mentee for each of the 8 sessions.
  • Prior to the COPD9USA conference, each of the mentees will be featured in a Spotlight column in the Foundation’s digital Lung Health Professional magazine (
  • The junior investigator mentee will shadow the co-chair mentor during the session.
  • Each of the sessions selected for the mentorship program will result in an accredited online enduring activity that will be published in the Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases: Journal of the COPD Foundation (JCOPDF), pending peer review and approval from the Editor-in-Chief, James Crapo, MD.
  • The mentee will take the lead in summarizing the session for the enduring material. This includes pre-conference communication, on site planning discussions with the mentor, interacting with the session speakers before, during and after the conference.
  • Junior investigators will be considered co-authors of the enduring material.

To be considered for this program, individuals must submit an abstract for COPD9USA and complete the additional fields on the abstract submission page.

Please contact Elisha Malanga at with any questions.