There are regularly scheduled conferences every Monday and Thursday at 12:00 pm at California Pacific Medical Center. Fellows located at ACMC also take part in these conferences via teleconference.
Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine Case-Based Conference
Faculty and fellows will decide on cases to be presented. During the conference, a case is introduced with supporting laboratory and radiographic studies, and the fellows are asked to provide their opinions regarding differential diagnosis and appropriate work-up. The presenting fellow will provide a literature review of a specific topic.
Core Curriculum Conference
The core curriculum conference consists of lectures covering core topics in the field of pulmonary and critical care medicine. Clinical faculty provide lectures on their areas of subspecialty expertise and guest lectures provide talks on topics ranging from “Hypothermia in Neurocritical Care” to “The Evidence for CVVHD in the Critically Ill Patient.”
Bi-annually, each fellow provides a review and status of their research projects. This conference is designed to provide an interactive forum for researchers to update the division regarding their projects and to receive feedback as well.
For each conference, 1 basic science or translational medicine journal article, and 1 clinical journal article are reviewed. The focus of discussion is on the methodology of the studies. The objective of the conference is for fellows to acquire skills in critique of scientific publications, review and discuss the article with a member of the clinical faculty, and present and critique the article.
PFT / Exercise Testing Conference
Quarterly, a PFT / Exercise Testing Conference is held to review recently performed pulmonary function test (PFT) and formal cardiopulmonary exercise test (CPET) that are of particular interest in terms of findings and/or execution.
Multi-Disciplinary Pathology Conference
Clinical cases in which a fellow is involved and a cytologic or pathologic sample is obtained and presented along with supporting laboratory and radiographic data. The cytology and/or pathology is then reviewed by a pathologist, and a literature review of the topic is then presented.
A quarterly Bronchoscopy Conference is held to review any adverse events or interesting findings during any of the recent bronchoscopies performed at CPMC to assess for possible QA issues.
UCSF Pulmonary Physiology Seminar
The first year fellow is required, and the senior fellows may opt, to attend the weekly pulmonary physiology conference at UCSF. The conference topics are published for the entire year and cover the pathophysiology of lung diseases.
Multi-Disciplinary Interstitial Lung Disease Conference
Rheumatologists and radiologists join the Pulmonary fellows and faculty to discuss the diagnosis and management of patients with interstitial lung diseases seen in the pulmonary clinics.
Multi-Disciplinary Lung Nodule Conference
The pulmonary faculty are joined by cardio-thoracic surgeons, oncologists, radiation oncologists and radiologists to discuss the diagnostic algorithm and treatment plans of patients with lung nodules and/or masses seen in the various physicians' clinics.