FuHeL – Future Healthcare Leaders in Respiratory Medicine – MENTORING PROGRAMME


Since the 3rd International Workshop on Lung Health, in 2017 the congress has offered the opportunity to 10 – 12 early career clinicians and researchers to attend, during the event, a side “Mentoring Programme” dedicated specifically to help younger professionals to boosts their career.

The Mentoring Programme has been delivered by successful and still young researchers and clinicians accompanying personally the participants in discovering what are the tricks to know and to learn to succeed in an international environment.

Every year the programme is slightly different adapting also to the background of the participants.

The program will cover topics such as how to identify and seize opportunities, how to avoid or overcome obstacles, how to successfully manage relationships, how to move forward with the sometimes very limited resources you have to start, how to deal with the challenges of work-life balance in different national and organizational environments, how to stand out in the competitive local and foreign landscapes, etc.



Thursday, January 19th, 2023

12.30 – 13.30 Introduction of the FuHeL Programme

The FuHeL Participants presents themselves, introduction to the programme by the Mentor

13.00 – 16.30 Plenary session “Rising Stars” and first lectures– I would suggest the FuHeL group to attend

16.30 – 18.30 FuHeL career Mentoring Session I


  • I have a dream: all participants briefly present their career expectations
  • Dreams and reality: how to find a concrete way to proceed
  • Pupils and Mentors: how to establish a good path for both


Friday, January 20th, 2023

09.00 – 10.30 FuHeL career Mentoring Session II


  • 4 W Questions in my career – working group to answer these questions
  • Why?
  • What?
  • Where?
  • With? (or without?)
  • The opinion of the Mentors

12.00 – 13.00 FuHeL career Mentoring Session III


  • From initial training to leadership: which steps you have to face
  • Sample from a recent life-story (with participation of Prof. Francesco Blasi)

14.00 – 16.30 FuHeL career Mentoring Session IV


  • Could “research” be my true love? A path for life
  • Research vs Clinical: make your time a choice
  • Scientific reputation: how to build it up and maintain


17.30 – 19.30 FuHeL career Mentoring Session V


  • Different approaches to research: the relationship with the pharmaceutical world


Saturday, January 21st, 2023

8.30 – 11.30 FuHeL career Mentoring Session VI


  • First steps in research: suggestions and tips from attendees – the opinion of a mentor
  • How to deal with different research projects: from a clinical study to meta-analysis –

differences and approaches

  • Literature review: a good tool to explore new horizons?


Wrap up: what have you learnt, what are the take home message you’ll bring home.

May you help each other considering the different context you live in?

Group work: define 3 take home messages to present during the closing remarks


12.10 -12.40 FuHeL Mentors Presentation of the take home messages during the closing remarks

Very brief Presentation of the work done with the group – key take home messages

as selected by the groups

FUHEL Scientific Chairman


Prof. Stefano Aliberti
Humanitas Research Hospital – Milano (Italy)
Full Professor of Respiratory Medicine
Head of Pneumology Department

FUHEL Mentor


Prof. James D. Chalmers
University of Dundee – Dundee (United Kingdom)
Professor in Respiratory Research

The FUHEL Programme 2023 Edition has been realized thanks to unconditioned support of