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Emerging Leaders Program

The AARC’s Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is a new, prestigious opportunity developed for outstanding respiratory therapists who aspire to serve in leadership roles or those who are junior in their leadership journey.

The ELP is designed to create networking and leadership learning opportunities for aspiring/junior leaders, professional disruptors and those with the undoubted attitude, quality, determination, and ambition to re-shape the world of respiratory care over the coming decades.

The ELP will start in March 2024 and culminate with the graduating “Class of 2024” to be recognized at the Awards Ceremony at AARC Congress 2024 in Orlando, FL. Deadline to apply is Jan. 21, 2024.


What to Expect

Accepted applicants can expect to:

  • Be paired with a mentor and meet semi-monthly.
  • Perform research and submit for presentation to AARC Open Forum.
  • Participate in a moderated leadership discussion/Leadership Grand Rounds each month.
  • Complete a module (Research, Education, Management) in both the Leadership Institute and Advanced Leadership Institute.
  • Attend AARC Summer Forum 2024.
  • Attend AARC Congress 2024.
  • Complete an end-of-program survey and “reflection” project.

What are the Benefits?

Graduates of the AARC’s Emerging Leaders program will:

  • Receive a prestigious recognition at the AARC’s Awards Ceremony at AARC Congress 2024.
  • Be entitled to refer to themselves as an “AARC Emerging Leader — Class of 2024”.
  • Establish an expanded network of professional colleagues and mentors.
  • Be positioned to take the next step in their leadership journey and impact the profession of respiratory care for decades to come.
  • Be expected to “pay it forward” and support future cohorts of the AARC’s ELP.

How to Apply

The application process is inclusive. Everyone, regardless of position, employer, race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation etc. are invited to apply. All applicants will be treated fairly using a scoring rubric for selection.

Applicants will be required to provide demographic information, employment information, volunteer activities, education history, a letter of support and a brief essay on why you wish to be selected for the ELP.

The deadline for applications is Jan. 21, 2024.

Evaluation/Selection Process

The evaluation process is crafted to ensure that applicants are assessed based on the following:

  • Career progress, past jobs and professional accomplishments.
  • Educational achievements.
  • Engagement with the AARC through the Specialty Sections via AARC Connect.
  • Volunteerism.
  • Letter of Support from sponsor.
  • Written essay.
Final Decision

Each applicant is evaluated independently. After a careful review, the ELP task force will approve or reject an applicant based on the overall quality of their application. The task force’s decision is final and there is no appeal process.


Helpful Resources: 

Leadership Grand Rounds