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Medical Student Electives - Pulmonary

Rotation Director:  M. Waseem Farra, M.D. 
Duration:  One month

Maximum number of students per four-week period:  Two

Candidates:  Senior students of approved allopathic and osteopathic medical schools

Evaluation:  Written and oral

This elective is designed to expose the student to management of acute and chronic respiratory disease in the office and hospital settings, including the ICU.  It includes exposure to fiberoptic bronchoscopy, thoracentesis, pulmonary function testing, ABGs and diagnostic imaging of the lungs and chest (x-ray and CT).  It also includes an introduction to the management and treatment of sleep disorders in both inpatient and outpatient settings. 

Several objectives have been set for the pulmonary program:

1.  Reinforce the fundamental role of gas exchange, acid-base and aspects of the basic sciences related to pulmonary medicine.

2.  Gain experience with both common and unusual pulmonary diseases in the ambulatory and inpatient settings.  These include pneumonia, asthma, COPD, lung nodules, cough and dyspnea, sarcoidosis of the lungs and pulmonary fibrosis.

3.  Become acquainted with respiratory therapy treatment, including oxygen administration, outpatient pulmonary rehab and principles of ventilator management.

4.  Gain an understanding of pulmonary function laboratory procedures by direct observation and participation in an outpatient PFT laboratory.

5.  Observe clinical procedures, such as bronchoscopy and thoracentesis, as part of the clinical management of pulmonary disease.





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