This course is supported by the European Commission through the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).

Acute respiratory pandemics: how to plan for and manage

Organisers : A. Simonds, P. Penttinen, G. Carson
Faculty : J. Buchanan, M. de Jong, P. Fraaij, N. Gobat, K.S. Longuère, A. Nichol, V. Prikazský, L. Sigfrid

This practical course will cover outbreak investigation, pandemic planning, recent developments in respiratory pathogen biology and therapy, and will focus around two practical scenarios in which participants will gain experience in managing an acute epidemic. Research during an epidemic and ethical aspects will also be covered.

An application will be made to the EACCME for CME accreditation of this event. The number of credits that you will receive corresponds to your attendance during the course. Please note that you need to sign the register of attendance each day to ensure that you receive the CME credits.

Course format

  • Plenary sessions
  • Case presentations
  • Group discussions
  • Tabletop scenario exercises

Target audience

  • Clinicians
  • Pulmonary physicians
  • Public health teams
  • Nurses
  • Allied healthcare professionals
  • Intensivists
  • Paediatricians
  • Microbiologists
  • Virologists
  • Trainees in the above specialities

Learning outcomes

Following this course, participants will be able to:

  • Have greater knowledge of respiratory pathogens
  • Understand the investigation and management of an epidemic/pandemic
  • Work in teams during an acute escalating epidemic event
  • Improve their communication skills with regards to an epidemic
  • Engage in research during an acute epidemic

Curriculum links

Adult Respiratory Medicine HERMES syllabus:

  • Module B.3: Non-TB respiratory infections
  • Module E.1: Treatment modalities and prevention measures
  • Module F: Core generic abilities

Paediatric Respiratory Medicine HERMES syllabus:

  • Module E: Acute and chronic lung infection
  • Module R: Management and leadership
  • Module U: Communication

A limited number of bursaries are available which provide financial support to attend this course. To be eligible to apply you must be:

Please note that only one ERS bursary can be allocated per person per calendar year.

Selection from the pool of applicants will be made by the organising committee based on the submission of:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • A one-page personal statement explaining how you would apply the knowledge gained from this course.
  • Bursaries application deadline:11 June, 2017
  • Notification of selection results:7 July, 2017
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