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Student Seminars

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One of the core educational components of the clerkship is the weekly Pulmonary Student Seminars. These seminars are held on Thursday afternoons at Harborview Medical Center following the conclusion of Seattle Area Chest Grand Rounds and Respiratory and Critical Care Conference They will run between 60 and 90 minutes but will conclude by 4:00PM. All sessions are conducted by a faculty member or fellow within the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and are held in the same room in the R&T building in which the preceding conferences were held. Attendance at these sessions is required. (Check your rotation schedule.)

During these seminars, students review core topics in pulmonary medicine with an attending physician from the division. 8 topics will be covered over the course of the rotation including:

  1. Lung Cancer
  2. Obstructive Lung Diseases (COPD, Asthma)
  3. Pulmonary Vascular Diseases
  4. Arterial Blood Gases
  5. Mycobacterial Diseases
  6. Interstitial Lung Diseases
  7. Sleep Medicine
  8. Common Symptoms (Cough, Hemoptysis)

For each topic students will work through clinical cases that illustrate the core concepts within that topic. Students are encouraged to click on the appropriate links below and to download and review the cases prior to the seminar. Reading materials for each topic are also available in the e-reserves section of the website and may also be accessed prior to the seminar. There are, however, no required reading assignments.

Answers to the clinical cases will be provided at the end of each session by the session facilitator. If you are unable to attend a particular session, you may contact Molly Billings at or Leila Armas at to request a copy of the answers to those cases.

Core Topics

Each week, cases will cover 2 topics:

Week 1:

  • Lung Cancer
  • Obstructive Lung Diseases (COPD, Asthma)

Week 2:

  • Pulmonary Vascular Disease
  • Arterial Blood Gases

Week 3:

  • Sleep Medicine
  • Common Symptoms (Cough, Hemoptysis)

Week 4:

  • Mycobacterial Diseases
  • Interstitial Lung Diseases

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