Rhinitis, rhinosinusitis and immunotherapy
live teaching sessions - 24 January & 9 February 2024
Online course materials available from: 8 January 2024
This course will be delivered in a hybrid format. This includes pre-recorded materials, live online sessions, and you can also attend in person teaching or choose to follow this online.
In this course led by Prof Stephen Durham and Dr Guy Scadding you will learn and gain an advanced understanding of the importance of upper airway diseases in the allergy clinic, respiratory clinics and primary care. You will learn to differentiate between rhinitis and rhinosinusitis, understanding their pathophysiology and managing them accordingly. You will explore the mechanisms and clinical use of allergen immunotherapy, enabling you to identify appropriate patients and initiate treatment/refer accordingly.
A range of Imperial and international expert speakers will cover an exciting programme of pre-recorded materials and live interactive sessions.
This course forms part of a range of short courses in Allergy which are available both to students who are enrolled on the MSc in allergy programme, and as stand-alone CPD programmes for GPs, specialist trainees and consultants, nurses, dietitians and other healthcare professionals wishing to improve their ability to manage allergic patients in daily practice. The course is also relevant for basic scientists and professionals working in industry in the field of rhinology, asthma and allergy.
By the end of the course you will be better able to:
- Analyse up to date research regarding the pathophysiology of allergic rhinitis and rhinosinusitis, as well as new disease biomarkers and therapeutic strategies, and how this applies in clinical practice
- Estimate the benefits and risks of allergen-specific immunotherapy for the treatment of seasonal and perennial allergic rhinitis in children and adults in clinical practice
- Estimate the benefits and risks of allergen-specific immunotherapy for the treatment of Hymenoptera venom hypersensitivity
- Select suitable patients for allergen immunotherapy in clinical practice, taking into account the resources required to safely administer this therapy in practice
Course structure & delivery
Teaching delivery format
The course has been designed in an innovative format combining asynchronous materials (e.g. pre-recorded sessions, reading lists and web-based resources) to revise in your own time, and live interactive sessions both online and on campus which will include focused discussions and case-based elements. A range of formats will be used to encourage active learning, including expert panel question & answer sessions, group work, workshops, role-play, pro-con debates and scenario-based sessions.
A ‘course launch webinar’ will be held in January for registered participants to introduce the course and help you get organised to maximize your learning experience.
Key Dates and provisional times (UK time):
- 8 January 2024, late afternoon, 20min (online): Launch webinar
- 24 January 2024, 5.00 - 6.00pm: Live online teaching
- 9 February 2024 approx. 9.00am - 4.00pm: live teaching (on campus or online)
*The on-campus teaching will be held at our St Mary's Campus – where possible, live streaming of the sessions will be made available for those that are not able or do not wish to attend the face to face teaching sessions.
Planned sessions (provisional):
- Epidemiology of Rhinitis
- Differential Diagnosis of Rhinitis
- Rhinitis in Children
- Chronic Rhinosinusitis with/without nasal polyps – an overview
- Demonstration of Examination of Nose/Endoscopy
- Radiology of the Nose and Paranasal Sinuses
- Medical Management of Rhinitis and Use of Guidelines
- Interactive cases in rhinitis and rhinosinusitis
- Rhinology cases – case-based discussion including bring your own cases
- Allergic eye and eyelid disease
- Relationship Between Asthma and Rhinitis
- Venom anaphylaxis and immunotherapy
- Immunotherapy for Seasonal and perennial rhinitis
- Mechanisms of Rhinitis and allergen Immunotherapy
- Immunotherapy Cases, including bring your own cases
- Practical immunotherapy workshop
Who should attend?
The course is suitable for doctors (GPs, specialist trainees and consultants in Allergy, Paediatrics, Respiratory Medicine or ENT), as well as nurses and other healthcare professionals wishing to improve their ability to manage patients with allergic rhinitis in daily practice. The course is also relevant for basic scientists and professionals working in industry in the field of rhinology, asthma and allergy.
Participants have the option of completing an assessment component and on completion will be provided with an official Imperial College London transcript of results. Details of the assessment and deadline for submission will be given during the course. Please note that there is an additional assessment fee payable in full prior to submission date. Please contact us for further information.