Nuts & Bolts

These conferences are more similar to discussion groups than formal lectures. Most Nuts and Bolts conferences focus on technical procedures or and/or apparatus. These conferences are extremely important for familiarizing new fellows with various aspects of Pulmonary Medicine Practice at UAB.

Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine Grand Rounds

This conference series is held every Thursday at 12 PM. UAB Faculty and visiting professors from institutions across the world present on topics of clinical relevance and cutting edge research. Attendance for this conference is mandatory for Pulmonary Fellows and Faculty. Second Year Fellows are expected to present their research project (usually two Fellows will be assigned each a 30-minute session), and Third year Fellows, especially those in the Physician Scientist Track, are expected to present their research results in a one-hour session towards the second half of their third year. This conference is CME accredited.

Fellows' Conference

This conference is given by faculty or Pulmonary Fellows. Speakers from other Departments are invited as appropriate (e.g., Thoracic Radiology and Surgery, Neurology ICU, Trauma, etc.). The goal is to cover all topics relevant to ABIM Board Certification in Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine either through a formal lecture or a pulmonary/critical care case-based discussion.

Pulmonary Case Conference

This conference’s main objective is as a forum for dynamic interaction of pulmonologists, thoracic radiologists and lung pathologists. The conference series aims to cover all major pulmonary diseases during the course of a two-year cycle. Second year pulmonary Fellows select recent cases and present those to faculty and other fellows from all three departments in a format that encourages faculty participation and discussion. In addition, the Radiology attending assigned to each conference presents “classical” chest x-ray findings during a brief “intermission” between cases.

Journal Club

Under the guidance of an assigned faculty mentor, Pulmonary Fellows present pertinent research articles from the current literature preceded by a brief overview of the field to put the article in perspective. Interaction between presenter and audience (Fellows and faculty) are strongly encouraged. Discussion emphasizes methodological aspects of these papers (design, analysis, interpretation of the data) and implications for clinical care including the practice of cost-effective care.

Critical Care Case Conferences

Fellows assigned to the UAB MICU service are responsible for presenting cases to the faculty and other Fellows. The presentation is followed by an open discussion as cases usually represent common ICU problems with diagnostic and management dilemmas. Attending physicians from other critical care services (i.e., Neuron ICU, CCU, Trauma/Burn, etc) are periodically invited to lecture (or discuss cases in a morbidity and mortality discussion format) on topics relevant to their areas of expertise so Pulmonary Fellows and faculty can receive the necessary critical care interdisciplinary training.

Interstitial Lung Disease Teaching Conference

This conference is attended by the Pulmonary Fellows and faculty from the Interstitial Lung Disease Program (Drs. Joseph Barney, Tracy Luckhardt and Victor Thannickal), and, as opportunity permits, by other pulmonary faculty and invited faculty from the Depts. of Radiology and Pathology. This is a faculty-driven case presentation and is aimed at exposing Pulmonary Fellows to issues pertaining to the diagnosis and management of Interstitial Lung Diseases. ILD Conferences are held every Thursday from 7:30 am - 8:30am in THT 513D.

Tumor/Lung Cancer Conference

This conference is attended by the Pulmonary Fellows and faculty from the Thoracic Neoplasm and Interventional Bronchoscopy Programs, and, as opportunity permits, by other Pulmonary faculty and invited faculty from the Departments of Radiology and Pathology. This is a faculty-driven case presentation and is aimed at exposing Pulmonary Fellows to issues pertaining to the diagnosis and management of Lung Cancer and other thoracic neoplasms.

Respiratory Physiology Lecture Series

Presented every other year James E. Johnson, MD

#1 - Introduction, Lung Structure, Gas Behavior

#2 - Pulmonary Mechanics I

#3 - Pulmonary Mechanics II

#4 - Gas Exchange in the Alveolus

#5 - Gas Diffusion into the Blood

#6 - Pulmonary Circulation

#7 - Ventilation-Perfusion Relationships in the Lung

#8 - Gas Transport by Blood

#9 - Control of Ventilation

#10 - Respiratory Physiology: Formulas and Abbreviations

#11 - Respiratory Physiology Problems/Cases

Correlative Teaching Course

Pulmonary Division faculty members, and fellows will be involved in teaching the pathophysiology course for 2nd year medical students. More information will be distributed when the final schedule for that course is available.

DOM Teaching Sessions

This is a weekly conference for the Department of Medicine at large. Topics vary widely, but speakers with topics relevant to subspecialty training in pulmonary disease and critical care medicine from within and outside the institution are featured frequently. Attendance by Pulmonary Fellows and pulmonary attending is encouraged. This conference is CME accredited.


UAB Pulmonary MedHub Conference Schedule