CME: Interventional Pulmonology

 Interventional Pulmonology 


This post-graduate course is designed for experienced thoracic endoscopists and will cover indications, contraindications, and clinical applications of various procedures in the field of interventional pulmonology including:

  • rigid bronchoscopy
  • laser bronchoscopy
  • endobronchial stent insertion
  • transbronchial needle aspiration
  • percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy
  • cryotherapy
  • electrocautery
  • photodynamic therapy and medical thoracoscopy.

Lung cancer detection with endobronchial ultrasound will also be addressed. Newer bronchoscopic therapies for emphysema and asthma and newer diagnostic methods for sampling nodules will also be discussed. Course format will include lectures, discussion sessions, video instruction and hands-on laboratory sessions. The goal of the course is to acquaint the attendee with the above procedures and the equipment required to perform the procedures.

By the conclusion of this activity attendees should be able to:

  • Identify the indications and contraindications and proper technique of applications of the above procedures.
  • Discuss the basic principles of laser application, electrocautery and cryotherapy.
  • Describe the physiology of central airway obstruction and how it can be modified by various endoscopic therapies.
  • Define the role of TBNA, EBUS, and fluorescence bronchoscopy in the diagnosis and staging of lung cancer.
  • Describe the pleural anatomy and the indications and contraindications of medical thoracoscopy.
  • Explain the indications and technique of percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy.
  • Define management strategy for hemoptysis


The course director is Carla Lamb, MD.

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