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Educational Conferences

Pediatric Respiratory Medicine Journal Club

This is a weekly 2-hr conference. The following topics are covered during the fellowship.

  • Upper airway obstruction: congenital, infectious, normal anatomy
  • Lower airways abnormality: congenital, tracheomalacia, diaphragmatic hernia, TEF
  • Asthma: acute, chronic, ABPA, bronchoprovocation, biology
  • Bronchiolitis
  • Cystic Fibrosis: biology, care standards, genotype/phenotype
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Pneumonia: community acquired, hypersensitivity, pleural effusion, immunosuppressed, TB
  • Restrictive lung disease: chest wall such as SMA, thoracic dystrophy, pectus, diaphragm, pneumothorax, mediastinal mass
  • Newborn: RDS
  • Respiratory Failure: oxygen delivery, respiratory assessment, diaphragm, neuromuscular disease, blood gas
  • Pulmonary physiology: acid/base, deadspace, V/Q mismatch, alveolar gas equation, mechanics, pleural pressure, airway pressure
  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Aspiration: foreign body, chemical/smoke
  • GER
  • BPD
  • Pulmonary HTN: physiology
  • Pulmonary edema
  • Pulmonary embolus
  • Pulmonary hemorrhage
  • ARDS
  • Immunodeficiency
  • Control of breathing: basics, respiratory drive, OSA, CHSS, prematurity, ALTE/SIDS
  • Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency
  • Ciliary dyskinesia
  • Trauma
  • Malignancy
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Wegener’s granulomatosis
  • Physical exam
  • PFTs: spirometry, volumes, DLCO, bronchoprovocation, EcNO, respiratory muscle, compliance/resistance, infant
  • Pharmacology
  • Aerosol delivery
  • Oxygen toxicity
  • Lung transplantation
  • Immunizations
  • Smoking
  • Lung growth and development
  • CV transition
  • Smoking
  • Arachidonic acid
  • Lung defenses
  • Cough
  • Cell biology, inflammation
Combined Physiology Series

This conference is scheduled weekly during the summer in conjunction with the sections of Critical Care, Neonatal Perinatal Medicine, Cardiology and Respiratory Medicine.

  • Gas exchange
  • Oxygen transport
  • Pulmonary mechanics
  • Heart-lung interactions
Bronchoscopy Conference
The goal of this conference is to improve fellows’ understanding of the indications for and anatomy and pathophysiology of airway abnormalities seen on bronchoscopy.
Radiology Conference
Fellows and faculty have an opportunity to review the radiologic studies on all hospitalized patients and other “interesting studies” with the pediatric radiologists.

This conference, in conjunction with the NICU or PICU, analyzes adverse outcomes in patient care, using a systems approach.

Research in Progress
This conference serves as the primary pediatric pulmonary research conference for faculty and fellows in the Pediatric Respiratory Medicine Section. Faculty and fellows present the study design and results from their research projects; fellows present yearly. The conference is also used to prepare fellows for presentations of their research at National meetings.
CF Center Preclinical Conference
This weekly multispecialty conference addresses the care of patients with Cystic Fibrosis. The management of clinical individual patients is reviewed and input is provided by physicians, social worker, nurses and dietician.
Adult Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine (PCCM) Lectures
Fellows are encouraged to attend these lectures which review a wide variety of topics in order to expand their knowledge of pulmonary diseases.
Pediatric Departmental Fellows Conference
This weekly interactive seminar includes the core curriculum for all the pediatric fellows. It features presentations on choosing research projects, grant writing, research methods, biostatistics, and career development. In addition, there are case-based discussions in pediatric ethics, evidence-based medicine, teaching skills, system-error analysis, quality improvement, economics of health care and cultural competency.
Sleep Study Reading

This monthly conference includes review of interesting sleep studies by pediatric sleep medicine physicians.

Pediatric Fellowship Curriculum
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