Course Description

This course will provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the clinical applications of sex differences and issues specific to women in lung and upper airway diseases. Taking a multidisciplinary approach to women's lung health care across the lifespan, this course will review emerging science on sex differences in lung and upper airway disease from experts in the fields of thoracic surgery, pulmonary medicine, otolaryngology, nutrition, and psychiatry. Learners in primary care, women’s health, thoracic surgery, pulmonary medicine, and otolaryngology will benefit immensely from this continuing education opportunity.

Topics include issues unique to women such as asthma in pregnancy and the differences in presentation, diagnosis, and management of sleep apnea, COPD, lung cancer, and pulmonary hypertension in women. Based on educational objectives, the formats include didactic lecture and case presentations, followed by question and answer periods. A multidisciplinary panel discussion as well as small-group break-out sessions will allow participants to hear from multiple experts and expand their learning based on their interests.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss and apply to clinical practice the most recent research on gender-specific approaches to managing lung and upper airway diseases.
  • Accurately diagnose various lung and upper airway diseases in women through better recognition of gender-specific clinical presentation and appropriate testing.
  • Expertly manage the unique characteristics of various lung and upper airway diseases as they present in women.
  • Adopt a multidisciplinary approach to lung and upper airway disease in women through increased knowledge of the collaborative potentials among lung healthcare providers.

Target Audience

This course is targeted to Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners and Nurses. This course may also be of interest to those who practice in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Oncology and Hematology, Otolaryngology, Pulmonary Medicine or Surgery. This course is also open to Laypersons, Patients, Families, Caregivers, and Medical Students.

ABMS/ACGME Competencies

The course is designed to meet the following American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)/ Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Educational (ACGME) competencies:

  • Patient Care and Procedural Skills
  • Medical Knowledge

IOM Competencies

The course is designed to meet the following Institute of Medicine (IOM) Competencies:

  • Provide Patient-Centered Care
  • Work in Interdisciplinary Teams
  • Employ Evidence-Based Practice

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