like to thank Dr. Varkey for his insightful comments. I will attempt to
address the comments in the sequence in which they were offered.
I am pleased that Dr. Varkey found the meeting intellectually and
personally satisfying, as Richard Irwin, MD, FCCP (the Scientific
Program Chair), the Scientific Program Committee, and the American
College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) staff made considerable effort to
ensure these attributes. In addition, attendees submitted evaluation
forms in order to receive their continuing medical education (CME)
certificates, and some of the highlights noted on the evaluations
include the following: 93% of respondents thought it was a valuable
experience; 90.4% thought the educational content was very high;
91.6% thought the quality of the speakers was excellent; 88.7%
thought there was adequate time for the exhibit hall; and 87.5%
thought the exhibitors provided relevant information.