Frequently Asked Questions

What is Pan African Thoracic Society Methods in Epidemiologic, Clinical and Operations Research (PATS MECOR)?

PATS MECOR comprises face to face 1 week courses to provide intensive short training to participants in order to strengthen skills and build capacity for clinical and epidemiological research in lung health in Africa.  The course has different levels through which students may progress starting at Level 1 and ending at Level 3.

Who can apply?

All health professionals with an interest in Respiratory Medicine, and who wish to improve their clinical research and investigation.  A medical degree or advanced degree in related areas, such as Public Health is a requirement for all levels.

How do I apply?

Once applications are open, download the guidance note from the website for the level you wish to apply for. Use the link to access the online application form, create a user account, complete the form and attach supporting documents. Submit online by the stated deadline. 

Issues accessing the online application form?

If you can't see the PATS MECOR form in the portal after logging in, click the application link again. This should take you directly to the form to complete. If you have any other issues with the portal, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When do applications open for 2023?

Applications for PATS MECOR 2023 are now open.  Click here to access guidance notes and application link.

How does the application process work?

Once the completed application form and supporting documents are received, it is reviewed by the selection panel.  Outcome notifications will be sent via e-mail.

Places on the course will be awarded on a competitive basis, so thoughtfulness, level of detail, and completeness of responses play a critical role in the outcome of each application.

What is a subsidised place?

Participants who are not able to pay the full cost of the course can apply for a subsidised place.  If successful in obtaining a subsided place, the participant will be required to pay $200 towards their costs and will be covered for remaining costs (tuition, accommodation at the course venue, and airport transfers in host country to/from the course venue). Please note the cost of any additional training is not covered by a subsidised place and will be charged separately.

Who can apply for a subsidised place?

Anyone who will not be able to pay the full cost of the course may apply for a subsidised place.