Interventional Pulmonology in Cancer Patients: An Intensive Hands-On Course

February 25-26, 2016 

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Onstead Auditorium
Mitchell Building (BSRB), Floor 3
6767 Bertner Ave
Houston, Texas 77030

General Information

Course Description

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is pleased to provide an intensive hands-on, three-day course designed to review the current concepts and recent advances in interventional pulmonology as it pertains to the cancer patient, and to introduce new technologic advances that have revolutionized the diagnosis, staging, and management of lung cancer.

Malignancies involving the lungs continue to provide a significant challenge to chest physicians.  With the exponential increase in technology, several minimally-invasive diagnostic and therapeutic strategies are becoming feasible.  As the largest cancer center in the world, MD Anderson is able to offer a depth and breadth of clinical experience and training that few can match.  With a distinguished faculty made up of the world’s top experts, this course is designed to provide the participant with a state-of-the-art review of the principles and practice of interventional pulmonology in patients with thoracic malignancies.

We utilize a flipped classroom model that promotes self-directed learning, reinforced by case based discussions and interactive didactic sessions. Participants will also receive extensive practical instruction in selected techniques utilizing in vivo animal models and high fidelity simulation. Instruction group size is limited in order to maximize interaction and individual hands on time. Additional instruction can be individualized for those wishing to emphasize particular techniques. Endobronchial ultrasound, medical thoracoscopy, guided
bronchoscopy and therapeutic bronchoscopy techniques will be particularly stressed. Upon completion of the course, participants should have acquired the cognitive skills to manage complex patients with thoracic malignancies.

Target Audience

This conference should be of interest to board-eligible/certified pulmonologists, thoracic surgeons, and trainees in pulmonary, critical care medicine, and thoracic surgery that have an interest in interventional pulmonology.

Educational Objectives (Didactic Session and Hands-On Sessions)

At the conclusion of this educational activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Utilize appropriate lung cancer screening techniques according to national guidelines and standards (knowledge, competence, performance);
  • Implement the appropriate work up for the lung cancer patients, using available staging modalities while understanding their individual limitations (knowledge, competence, performance);
  • Describe the therapeutic options for management of airway tumors (knowledge, competence);
  • Interpret the available evidence for adjunctive therapies in the palliative and curative management of lung cancer (knowledge, competence);
  • Utilize the principles of evidence based medicine in evaluating new technologies (knowledge, competence, performance patient outcomes);
  • Incorporate evidence based best practices for the management of recurrent malignant pleural effusions (knowledge, competence);
  • Demonstrate the steps necessary to place an indwelling pleural catheter (knowledge, competence, performance);
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform Endobronchial Ultrasound-Guided Transbronchial Needle Aspiration on a porcine model and to perform other aspects of cytological diagnosis (knowledge, competence, performance, patient outcomes);
  • Demonstrate airway debulking techniques using argon plasma coagulation and endobronchial laser (knowledge, competence, performance);
  • Perform endobronchial stenting on a porcine model (knowledge, competence, performance);
  • Perform percutaneous tracheostomy placement (knowledge, competence, performance);
  • Demonstrate the steps required for medical pleuroscopy (knowledge, competence, performance);
  • Perform endobronchial valve placement in an explanted porcine model (knowledge, competence, performance).

Evaluation

A course evaluation form will provide participants with the opportunity to comment on the value of the program content to their practice decisions, performance improvement activities, or possible impact on patient health status.  Participants will also have the opportunity to comment on any perceived commercial bias in the presentations as well as to identify future educational topics.

Accreditation/Credit Designation (Didactic Session and Hands-On Sessions)

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 17.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CME Certificates and Attendance Verification Certificates

Certificates awarding AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ or certificates documenting attendance will be distributed to participants as they depart the conference.  To obtain a CME certificate, physicians must submit a completed evaluation questionnaire and a CME Verification Form.

Upon request, a record of attendance (certificate) will be provided on-site to other health care professionals for requesting credits in accordance with state nursing boards, specialty societies, or other professional associations.


Online Educational Materials

Educational Objectives

  • Utilize appropriate lung cancer screening techniques according to national guidelines and standards (knowledge, competence, performance);
  • Implement the appropriate work up for the lung cancer patients, using available staging modalities while understanding their individual limitations (knowledge, competence, performance);
  • Describe the therapeutic options for management of airway tumors (knowledge, competence);
  • Interpret the available evidence for adjunctive therapies in the palliative and curative management of lung cancer (knowledge, competence);
  • Utilize the principles of evidence based medicine in evaluating new technologies (knowledge, competence);
  • Incorporate evidence based best practices for the management of recurrent malignant pleural effusions (knowledge, competence, performance, patient outcomes).

Target Audience

This conference should be of interest to board-eligible/certified pulmonologists, thoracic surgeons, and trainees in pulmonary, critical care medicine, and thoracic surgery that have an interest in interventional pulmonology.

Educational Methods

• Online Lectures and Quizzes

Accreditation/Credit Designation
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center designates this enduring material for a maximum of 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Release Date:  December 15, 2015

Expiration Date:  September 15, 2016

Estimated time to complete: 6 hours, 13 minutes