A similar situation exists at the present time as it pertains to training in laser bronchoscopy. The methods of dealing with the demand for training are very much like what was observed for fiberoptic bronchoscopy; physicians have a desire to learn a new technique after they have already completed formal training in a residency or fellowship program. Gradually, this will become a “non-issue,” as laser bronchoscopy becomes an integral part of many (but probably not all) approved residencies in pulmonary diseases, thoracic surgery, and otorhinolaryngology. When considering the issue of training in laser bronchoscopy, it may help to see how physicians who had already completed their formal training years dealt with their needs/desires to learn how to use the fiberoptic bronchoscope. ventolin inhalers
One way was to attend a continuing medical education course with laboratory time for “hands-on” experience. Such courses would typically include didactic sessions to teach theory, indications and contraindications, anesthetic and operative techniques, specimen preparation and processing, management of complications, postoperative care, and a whole host of other information in a short (two to three day) course.
Some physicians who had already completed formal training would make arrangements with faculty members at teaching institutions to learn fiberoptic bronchoscopy in a preceptor type of fashion. Because the demand was so great within its membership, the American College of Chest Physicians, through its Section on Bronchology, solicited such arrangements from recognized authorities within the field of pulmonary medicine for preceptor training. Henry Ford Hospital was one such place where preceptor training in fiberoptic bronchoscopy was available, and over a course of three to five years, a few pulmonologists who had already completed their formal training years came here to learn fiberoptic bronchoscopy.