Paediatric Respiratory Medicine

8 January - 9 February 2024 (Online)
Live online sessions: 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29 January, 2, 5 & 9 February 2024

Course details

  • Duration:  5 weeks
  • Live online sessions: 
    - 8 Jan 2024: 9.00 - 9.30am
    - 12 Jan 2024: 9.00 - 10.00am
    - 15 Jan 2024: 9.00 - 9.30am
    - 19 Jan 2024: 9.00 - 10.00am
    - 22 Jan 2024: 9.00 - 9.30am
    - 26 Jan 2024: 9.00 - 10.00am
    - 29 Jan 2024: 9.00 - 9.30am
    - 2 Feb 2024: 2.00 - 3.00pm
    - 5 Feb 2024: 9.00 - 9.30am
    - 9 Feb 2024: 9.00 - 11.00am
  • Fees: £495
  • Venue: Online
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Communicable and non-communicable paediatric respiratory diseases constitute some of the major causes of morbidity and mortality across the globe.

This short course covers the spectrum of the common respiratory diseases in children, with a particular focus on wheezing disorders, and acute and chronic respiratory infections. You will learn to interpret the commonly used physiological measurement tests, and become familiar with the indications for, and interpretation of, the various diagnostic imaging techniques.

We will focus on understanding disease pathophysiology, and how this has led to the development of specific therapies which pre-actively target the basic molecular defect, rather than merely being reactive, e.g., giving antibiotics for infection in bronchiectasis.

Topics covered will include:

  • Acute respiratory infections
  • Pre-school and school-age wheeze
  • Asthma
  • Respiratory testing and diagnostics
  • Respiratory complications of neuromuscular disease
  • Obstructive sleep apnoea
  • Chronic bacterial bronchitis, bronchiectasis
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Congenital lung malformations

The course is part of a range of short courses spread throughout the academic year which are available both to students who are enrolled on the MSc Applied Paediatrics course and as stand-alone CPD accredited programmes for all healthcare professionals.

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Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  1. Appraise the spectrum and differential diagnosis of airways disease in children, and the appropriateness of available tests to make a specific diagnosis

  2. Analyse the importance of the pathophysiology of airway disease, and how progression from description to phenotypes to endotypes is pivotal in sourcing the benefits of modern therapies

  3. Specifically, formulate personalised treatment plans across the developmental spectrum for children with asthma/pre-school wheeze

Course structure & delivery

The course runs online over 5 consecutive weeks, and you are expected to conduct approximately 7 to 10 hours of self-directed study per week, depending on your pace of learning. This consists of weekly directed tasks that you can undertake at your own pace and timing, such as watching recorded lectures, assigned reading or reflection and forum work, but also may consist of group work online. There are also planned live online sessions (one per week) during the course to discuss ideas, present group and individual work, and to facilitate further learning.

Evidence of sufficient participation will be required to obtain a course certificate.

Live online sessions

The course consists of several synchronous sessions on a video-conferencing platform times tbc:

  • Monday, 8 January 2024: 9.00 - 9.30am
  • Friday, 12 January 2024: 9.00 - 10.00am
  • Monday, 15 January 2024: 9.00 - 9.30am
  • Friday, 19 January 2024: 9.00 - 10.00am
  • Monday, 22 January 2024: 9.00 - 9.30am
  • Friday, 26 January 2024: 9.00 - 10.00am
  • Monday, 29 January 2024: 9.00 - 9.30am
  • Friday, 2 February 2024: 2.00 - 3.00pm
  • Monday, 5 February 2024: 9.00 - 9.30am
  • Friday, 9 February 2024: 9.00 - 11.00am

A full timetable and access to course materials will be made available to registered participants prior to the start of the course.

Who should attend?

Who should attend?
This course will benefit paediatricians, GPs, nurses, therapists, and other healthcare professionals involved in Child Health.

As the course is a multi-professional programme, students will develop an understanding of how their own individual behaviours, and those of the teams within which they work, can have a significant influence on the quality of care delivered.

Optional assessment

This course is not formally assessed for short course students.

However, feedback will be provided for any submitted activities such as participation and contribution to group work and interactive sessions including a workshop within the course.

Optional assessment
Participants have the option of completing an assessment component and on completion will be provided with an official Imperial College London transcript of results. Credits accrued (within two years of transcript date) can be utilised towards the PG Certificate in 'Applied Paediatrics', should they wish to undertake further study with Imperial College.

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.