CHEST 2017 Team-Focused: Patient-Centered Written by Peter Mazzone, MD, MPH, FCCP

March 14, 2017 by CHEST Guest Writer

We are deep into the planning process for CHEST 2017 and excited by the educational opportunities we are preparing. We are building this year’s meeting around a central theme – “Team-Focused: Patient-Centered.” We hope to thread this theme through all aspects of the meeting, from the selection of opening session speakers, the development of educational content and research presentations, to networking and foundation functions.

Clinical practice within our specialties has become increasingly team based. In addition to all of the caregivers that touch our patients’ lives, most of our practices rely on a team of health-care providers with different backgrounds and skillsets. For years CHEST has fostered relationships with nursing and respiratory therapy providers through formal relationships with their representative societies and by developing content unique to their learning needs.

Over the past 5 to 10 years, the need for advanced practice providers in our specialties has exploded. The advanced practice providers are represented by strong primary care-based societies but lack a home for specialty level education. This is an opportunity for CHEST to engage with the specialty advanced practice provider community and share our strength in clinical education. We hope to grow the presence of the interdisciplinary teams that we work with every day at the meeting, by providing novel opportunities for engagement and learning. We have built learning formats specific to team-based education and are exploring ways to attract all types of learners to our program. A well-educated team promotes excellence in clinical practice for us all.

The second half of our theme is patient-centered education. This is not a new concept for CHEST. Learning formats have been developed over time that place the patient at the center of our clinical education. Hands-on simulation sessions allow providers to learn in a risk-free environment, gaining confidence in new skillsets that they can apply in their practice. Interactive sessions and case-based discussions focus the learner on patient issues that we all see in practice, with expert-guided discussions assisting with evaluation and management strategies.

Problem-based learning sessions allow small groups to explore management challenges with a guiding expert, often related to topics in which CHEST has recently produced guidelines. Interdisciplinary sessions are designed to provide patient-centered education to teams of providers. Finally, understanding the patient’s value set and expression of choice is an important aspect of clinical care and patient-centered education. We aim to provide opportunities for our care teams to connect what they learn with what their patients want.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone in Toronto for CHEST 2017.

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