Postgraduate Courses Meet Many Educational Needs

Carey C. Thomson

Carey C. Thomson

Clinicians and scientists who need to sharpen their diagnostic skills or learn about the latest research discoveries find ATS postgraduate courses a valuable and convenient way to remain at the forefront of their field or learn about new areas of medicine. ATS 2013 will offer 25 postgraduate courses that run the gamut from basic science to hands-on clinical training in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep.

“This year, we’re focusing on engagement,” said ATS Education Committee Chair Carey C. Thomson, MD, MPH, director of Pulmonary Consultants and associate director of critical care at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Mass. “Six courses will feature audience response systems, which participants will use to answer questions and test their knowledge in real time. In addition to the lectures, we’re offering hands-on demonstrations from specialists in critical care, pediatrics, sleep medicine, and even nursing for a deeper learning experience.”

Attendees will gain invaluable clinical knowledge through courses such as “ICU Monitoring,” which is perfect for those who would like to learn common and novel methods while focusing on cardio-respiratory monitoring; “Measures of Sleep Disordered Breathing Severity and Health-Related Outcomes,” a comprehensive review of current knowledge; and “Pleural Disorders,” which details diagnosis and management.

The latest science and clinical practice approaches will be bridged by courses such as “Modeling Human Lung Disease: A Toolbox for Meaningful Measurements,” and “Clinical Applications of Novel Diagnostics and Biomarkers for Management of Respiratory and Critical Illness,” and “Pulmonary Hypertension: From Bench to Bedside.”

Tao Le

Tao Le

“These courses are designed to benefit attendees with varying levels of scientific and clinical experience, from novice to advanced,” said Education Committee Vice-Chair Tao Le, MD, MHS, assistant clinical professor at the University of Louisville Allergy/Immunology Clinic.

For the second year in a row, pediatrics postgraduate courses will be presented. “Pediatric Respiratory Physiology: What’s Right and When It Goes Wrong” and “The Cellular Foundation of Pediatric Respiratory Disease” have been submitted to the American Board of Pediatrics for consideration for Maintenance of Certification points or credits.

A new workshop on respiratory nursing will cover several topics through both lectures and practical demonstrations, including “red flags” for common pulmonary disorders, oxygen delivery systems, spirometry, inhaler technique, principles of bi-level non-invasive ventilation and mask fitting, among other topics. “Participants will leave feeling confident, empowered, and enthused,” said workshop Chair Monica Fletcher, RN, MS, who is chair of the European Lung Foundation.

ATS 2013 Postgraduate Courses
Friday, May 17

  • PG1-Incorporating Ultrasound and Echocardiography into ICU Practice
  • PG2-ICU Monitoring
  • PG3-Clinical Applications of Novel Diagnostics and Biomarkers for Management of Respiratory and Critical Illness
  • PG4-Pulmonary Care of Children with Neuromuscular Disease
  • PG5-Modeling Human Lung Disease: A Toolbox for Meaningful Measurements
  • PG6-Technological Advances in Clinical Outpatient Sleep Medicine
  • PG7-Pediatric Respiratory Physiology: What’s Right and When It Goes Wrong
  • PG8-Under Pressure: The Right Ventricle in Health, Exercise, and Disease

Saturday, May 18

  • PG9-Update in COPD Management
  • PG10-An Update on the Diagnosis and Management of Interstitial Lung Disease
  • PG11-Managing Cystic Fibrosis in 2013: The Era of Genomic Medicine
  • PG12-Evolving Concepts in Lung Transplantation
  • PG13-Update in Thoracic Imaging
  • PG14-Pleural Disorders
  • PG15-Lung Cancer: State of the Art in 2013
  • PG16-Lung Innate Immunity: The Frontlines of Host Defense
  • PG17-The Cellular Foundation of Pediatric Respiratory Disease
  • PG18-Pulmonary Hypertension: From Bench to Bedside
  • PG19-Key Concepts and Advances in Practical Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • PG20-Respiratory Physiology Master Class
  • PG21-Measures of Sleep Disordered Breathing Severity and Health-Related Outcomes
  • PG22-Building Effective Teams and Implementing Change: Things We Need to Know and Should Have Learned a Long Time Ago
  • PG23-Building Blocks of Quality Improvement: Practical Tools for the Clinician
  • PG24-Pulmonary and Critical Care Review: Built Around 2012 ABIM Modules
  • PG25-Bronchoscopy Course and Workshop

ATS 2013 Workshop
Saturday, May 18

  • WN1-Respiratory Nursing Skills Update