The Respiratory Course in the second year curriculum covers all aspects of respiratory pathology, physiology, and pharmacology as they relate to human disease. Concepts from lectures and textbook reading will be reviewed and enhanced during small group case conferences. The essentials of respiratory pharmacology including bronchodilators, pulmonary vasodilators, and antimicrobials are covered first. A review of normal pathology and radiology, and measurements of pulmonary physiology will be reviewed next. This includes a laboratory where students practice performing and interpreting spirometry. The pathologic and physiologic aspects of respiratory diseases will then be covered including clinical information, radiological correlates, and related therapeutic pharmacology.
Pulmonary diseases that are presented include:
- obstructive diseases of the lung such as asthma and chronic obstructive lung disease;
- restrictive diseases of the lung such as pulmonary fibrosis and sarcoidosis;
- lung neoplasms;
- pleural diseases;
- lung defense and infection including pneumonia;
- pulmonary circulation including pulmonary hypertension and pulmonary emboli,
- acute lung injury;
- control of respiration including sleep apnea; and
- prevention including smoking cessation.