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  • February 1-3, 2024


  • The Lundquist Institute for Biomedical Innovation at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
  • 1124 West Carson Street, CDCRC Building
  • Torrance, CA 90502
Torrance, CA

A Practicum: Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing & Interpretation


Exercise testing and interpretation including pathophysiology and clinical applications


About the Practicum

The Practicum was inaugurated in 1982 by the late Drs. Karlman Wasserman and Brian J. Whipp in response to requests for practical instruction in cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET). Course content has since evolved to reflect changes in technology and clinical practice, but continues to have the physiology of exercise as its focus. This Practicum is a two and one half day program which includes in-person didactic presentations, laboratory demonstrations and group discussions. Clinical case examples will be used throughout to illustrate key concepts, the use of CPET, and approach to data summary and interpretation.

Educational goals are to understand the physiologic basis of gas exchange responses to exercise, and to be able to use variables from CPET to characterize exercise function in health and disease. The course is intended for physicians, scientists, and laboratory personnel involved in cardiopulmonary exercise testing. The Text Principles of Exercise Testing and Interpretation, 6th Edition serves as the course reference and is included in the registration.

Practicum Program

Offered by the Division of Respiratory and Critical Care Physiology and Medicine at The Lundquist Institute for Biomedical Innovation at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, the program comprises in-person didactic lectures, small group tutorials, laboratory demonstrations, and provides opportunities for informal discussion.

The educational objectives of the Practicum are to provide:
a) An understanding of the physiologic basis of gas exchange and related responses to exercise
b) The practical knowledge necessary to conduct and interpret clinical exercise tests

Practicum  Day 1: Principals (8:30am - 5:00pm Pacific Time)
Physiologic basis of exercise, Practical issues in conducting clinical exercise tests, Laboratory demonstrations, Calibration and Incremental work tests, Clinical applications of CPET.

Practicum  Day 2: Testing (8:30am - 5:00pm Pacific Time)
Summarizing and displaying data for analysis, Typical CPET findings in disease, Normal values, Laboratory demonstration, Technical and quality control issues, Dynamic responses to exercise and their effects on test data.

Practicum Day 3: Interpretation (8:00am - 1:00pm Pacific Time)
Strategies for integrated interpretation and reporting CEPT data, Hands on practice in test interpretation, Case discussions.

The live sessions will be supplemented by pre-recorded lectures and case discussions which will be available to course registrants approximately 3 weeks prior to, and 8 weeks after, the course dates.

Registration is limited to 20 participants.



Tess Endoso


Kathy E. Sietsema

  • MD
  • Course Director and Emeritus Professor of Medicine, UCLA

Richard Casaburi

  • MD, PhD
  • Professor of Medicine, UCLA Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

Thomas DeCato

  • MD
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine,, UCLA Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

Carrie Ferguson

  • PhD
  • Associate Professor of Medicine, UCLA Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

Janos Porszasz

  • MD, PhD
  • Professor of Medicne, Technical Director Rehabilitation Clinical Trials Center

Harry Rossiter

  • PhD
  • Professor of Medicine, UCLA Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

William W. Stringer

  • MD
  • Professor of Medicine, UCLA Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

Darryl Y. Sue

  • MD
  • Emeritus Professor of MedicineĀ UCLA Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

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