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Solitary pulmonary nodule

Organisers : G. Massard, S. Elia, T. Blum
Faculty : D. Parr, G. Hardavella, R. H. Petersen, V. Ambrogi, L. Chen Sheng

There is much debate on the best management of solitary pulmonary nodules. Even if they are mostly benign, they may represent an early stage lung cancer. Minimally invasive surgical removal is probably the best approach to this insidious disease after careful imaging evaluation. Through this course, a multidisciplinary panel of expert will share their opinions and approach to the management of solitary pulmonary nodules.

An application will be made to European Board for Accreditation in Pneumology (EBAP) for CME accreditation of this event. The number of credits that you will receive corresponds to your attendance to the online sessions.

Target audience

  • Clinicians
  • Surgeons
  • Oncologists
  • Trainees
  • Pathologists
  • Radiologists
  • Anaesthesiologists

Course format

This online course will consist of 7 sessions of 1 hour each.


The course will address the following topics:

  • Definition criteria
  • Current guidelines
  • Imaging and tissue sampling techniques
  • Intraoperative detection of nodule and pathological assessment
  • Surgical management (robotic, video-assisted, open)
  • Anaestesiological issues (non intubated vs intubated anaesthesia)

Learning outcomes

Following this course, participants will be able to achieve basic knowledge on the approach to solitary pulmonary nodule, on the different techniques of imaging, possible pathological outcome, pros and cons of intraoperative frozen section, type of anaesthesia and surgical resection modalities.

A limited number of bursaries are available which provide either full financial support to attend the course or cover the cost of the registration fee. To be eligible to apply you must be:

Please note that only one 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.