American Association for Respiratory Care
Since 1947, the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) has been committed to enhancing the professionalism of respiratory care practitioners, improving performance on the job, and helping to broaden the scope of knowledge essential for success. With more than 47,000 members nationwide, the AARC is the only professional society for respiratory therapists in hospitals and with home care companies, managers of respiratory and cardiopulmonary services, and educators who provide respiratory care training. The Respiratory Care Links provides a comprehensive list of affiliated organizations, AARC state societies, government and health care organizations. Several excellent resources are also available.
American College of Chest Physicians
"The American College of Chest Physicians is the world's largest cardiopulmonary and critical care medical society with over 17,000 members in 100 countries. Members include physicians, allied health professional and PhDs from the specialties of pulmonology, critical care medicine, thoracic surgery, cardiology, sleep and other chest-related specalties. AACP publishes the journal CHEST which features cutting-edge original research. CHEST also features Recent Advances, Topics in Practice Management, Medical Writing Tips, Pearls, Chest Imaging and Pathology for Clinicians, Contemporary Reviews, and more. Editorials and communications to the editor explore controversial issues and encourage further discussion by physicians dealing with chest medicine."
American Lung Association
"ALA is the oldest voluntary health organization in the United States. Founded to fight tuberculosis, the American Lung Association today fights lung disease in all its forms, with emphasis on asthma, tobacco control and environmental health.
American Thoracic Society
The ATC supports and educates healthcare professions in the areas of pulmonology, critical care, sleep medicine, infectious disease, pediatrics, allergy/immunology, thoracic surgery, behavior science, as well as environmental and occupational medicine.
California Society for Respiratory Care
"The California Society for Respiratory Care (CSRC), as an affiliate of the American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC), is a non-profit professional organization, whose mission is to represent and support our members through public and legislative advocacy, educational opportunities, and to continuously strive for excellence in the cardiopulmonary profession. The CSRC strives to be the elite provider of education, consumer information and the benchmark for professionalism."