Here is the line up of the Pulmonary Academy course sessions learning objectives:

 

Session 1: Introduction – An Overview of Pulmonary

  • Recognize the primary (gas exchange) and secondary functions of the lung
  • Identify the basic anatomic lung units
  • Distinguish the five causes of hypoxemia
  • Recognize single and double acid-base disorders

Session 2: Pulmonary Testing

  • Understand the language of PFT’s
  • Competently interpret full PFTS (spirometry, flow volume loops, lung volumes and diffusion capacity)
  • Avoid pitfalls in interpretation
  • Correlate PFT patterns with patient’s clinical picture and disease processes at presentation and over time

Session 3: The Pulmonary Office Visit

  • Understand the role of the pulmonary consultant in the outpatient setting.
  • Learn how to take focused history and detailed pulmonary exam.
  • Incorporate data such as x-rays, PFTs, laboratory studies into developing differential diagnosis.
  • Develop directed recommendations to relay to the referring provider.

Session 4: Obstructive Lung Disease – COPD

  • Review pathophysiology of chronic obstructive lung disease
  • Discuss types of COPD (emphysema and chronic bronchitis)
  • Utilize and interpret testing to evaluate COPD such as PFTs and imaging
  • Develop appropriate treatment strategies to improve overall function and reduce symptomatology

Session 5: Obstructive Lung Disease – Asthma

  • Discuss pathophysiology of asthma
  • Describe the various levels of asthma control
  • Evaluate asthma patient utilizing various assessment tools to assess control and triggers
  • Develop treatment plan appropriate for level of asthma control including medications and avoidance of triggers.

Session 6: Restrictive Lung Diseases

  • Review pathophysiology of restrictive lung disease
  • Discuss causes of restrictive lung disease such as neuromuscular weakness, kyphoscoliosis, interstitial lung disease and obesity related restriction
  • Utilize and interpret testing to evaluate restrictive lung disease such as PFTs (MIP/MEP) and imaging
  • Develop appropriate treatment strategies to improve overall function and reduce symptomatology

Session 7: Pulmonary Vascular Diseases

  • Review pathophysiology of pulmonary vascular diseases
  • Discuss causes of pulmonary vascular diseases such as pulmonary emboli, pulmonary HTN and veno-occlusive disease
  • Utilize and interpret testing to evaluate pulmonary vascular diseases such as PFTs, lung scans and 6MWT
  • Develop appropriate treatment strategies to improve overall function and reduce symptomatology

Session 8: Lung Neoplasms and Pulmonary Nodules

  • Understand types and etiology of pulmonary nodules
  • Incorporate Fleischner Criteria into the approach to solitary nodule and multiple pulmonary nodules
  • Develop a plan to evaluate, manage and follow up pulmonary nodules
  • Initiate appropriate dialogue with patient and family the plan

Session 9: Common Complaints

  • Review common pulmonary complaints; such as cough, wheezing, chronic dyspnea
  • Formulate differential diagnosis of these complaints
  • Develop work up strategies and treatment plan to address common complaints
  • Summarize important factors addressed in preoperative evaluation of the pulmonary patient

Session 10: Other Key Topics

  • Recognize and develop management strategies of pleural and mediastinal diseases such as pleural effusions and mediastinal masses
  • Review assessment of the patient with chronic respiratory insufficiency
  • Plan with patient effective resources available to improve quality of life, such as pulmonary rehab
  • Generate discussions specific to goals of care and end of life issues with pulmonary patients
  • Discuss importance of vaccinations and TB testing in appropriate patients