It consists of three modules;
- basic bronchoscopy
- advanced diagnostic bronchoscopy
- advanced interventional bronchoscopy
Our vision is to help new trainees progress and also refine the skills of experienced bronchoscopists from basic bronchoscopy to intermediate and advanced interventional pulmonology. Attendees can apply to attend for one or two of the modules. The modules will cover the theoretical aspects around the relevant procedures, some hands-on simulators and recorded cases.
The basic course is intended for doctors who are training in respiratory medicine, cardio-thoracic surgery and anaesthetics. It is also useful for consultants who want to refine their procedures. It will cover basic anatomy through to handling a bronchoscope and includes techniques such as transbronchial needle aspiration (TBNA). This module includes at least three hours of simulation.
The key areas that will be covered in the advanced diagnostic module will be the assessment and staging of lung cancer and diagnosis of peripheral nodules with the use of endobronchial ultrasound and magnetic navigation guided bronchoscopy. This module is intended for experienced bronchoscopists and hence suitable for experienced registrars and consultants in respiratory medicine and cardio-thoracic surgery, who are interested in performing advanced diagnostic bronchoscopic procedures with flexible bronchoscopy.
The advanced interventional bronchoscopy will cover the theoretical aspects around the relevant procedures, some hands-on simulators and video demonstrations. The key areas that will be covered will be management of significant haemorrhage, endobronchial palliative treatment with electrocautery, cryotherapy and stents. The course also covers developing areas such as bronchoscopic lung volume reduction, for the treatment of severe emphysema, and bronchial thermoplasty for asthma.
This 16th interventional bronchoscopy course has an extensive international faculty including Professor Felix Herth, Dr Hans Daniel, Professor Jouke Annema, Dr Dirk-Jan Slebos and Dr Jürgen Hetzel. They have all published extensively on interventional bronchoscopy and pioneered various aspects of interventional bronchoscopy. I am delighted they will once again join us on this special event.