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 evolved to reflect changes in technology and clinical practice, but it 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 Day 1: Principles (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 CPET 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 3 weeks after, the course dates.