A new CME module is now available which focuses on forced oscillation technique in the assessment of respiratory disease. The module is led by the director Prof. Charles Irvin, who is accompanied by Prof. Geoffrey Maksym and Prof. Peter Calverley.
Measurement of lung function, specifically spirometry and the FEV1, is the mainstay in the detection of lung disease and provides an objective assessment of response to therapy. Over the last several years there has been emerging interest in another approach to assessing lung disease with the forced oscillation technique (FOT)-now known as oscillometry.
Oscillometry, while originally described in the 1950s has seen a resurgence over the last decade or so due to advancements in computation and medical device improvements. The procedure itself is very simple. It involves correct posture while breathing normally on a mouthpiece making it an ideal measurement for those who cannot or will not perform the maximal efforts required of spirometry such as the elderly or in particular children. Performance is also aided by the recent publication of a technical standard for the technique.
The module involves interactive case simulations, panel discussion videos, suggested readings and will end in a CME test. Participants with a myERS account will also be able to take a test on the topic at the end of the module, which is accredited with one CME credit. A CME certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the CME test.