Palma de Mallorca, February 18, 2020. Scientific and technical advances in diseases as prevalent as COPD or asthma, and in minor diseases such as pulmonary fibrosis or interstitial pneumopathy, have been the protagonists of the “12th Meeting for Residents (R3): present and future in Pneumology”. This course, promoted by the Spanish Society of Pneumology and Thoracic Surgery (SEPAR) with the sponsorship of Chiesi Spain, gathered in Palma de Mallorca on February 14 and 15, 87 third-year residents of Pneumology from all over Spain.
"Undoubtedly, at this time, this course is a reference in the specific training for residents taught by SEPAR, as it helps complement the training of third-year residents in the major issues that make up the specialty of Pneumology," he says. Dr. Vicente Plaza, Director of Training and Teaching of SEPAR and coordinator of this edition. A course that after 12 editions have established itself as one of the key annual appointments by residents of Pneumology, both for the quality of the teaching staff and for its interactive teaching method.
For SEPAR, the training of young pulmonologists is key. And in this meeting, they are committed to new training strategies that get active participation trying to cover all current issues in the field of pneumology.
A program based on the issues with the most impact on assistance
For the elaboration of the program, the issues that have the greatest impact on clinical care have been considered, not only because of prevalence but also because of quality. “Pneumologists attend a very varied, very wide pathology, with different ranges of prevalence. This complexity should not interfere with our obligation to be able to intervene and give our opinion,” says Dr. Plaza.
Dr. Vicente Plaza also underlines that this preparation is especially important when it comes to minority pathologies. "In recent years, pathologies such as pulmonary fibrosis or interstitial pneumopathy have developed a special boom due to the appearance of new drugs, which has meant that they have become very active fields in this specialty."
Keys to success: Quality in teaching staff and teaching method
The keys for success in this “12th Meeting for Residents (R3): present and future in Pneumology” are two: the quality of the teaching staff and the interactive teaching method used. “The teaching staff is made up of the most significant people now in the field of Pneumology. They are professionals who are leading the different pathologies that make up the specialty, with great impact on research and teaching in these specific fields, ”says Dr. Vicente Plaza.
Secondly, much of the success is that it is an agile and dynamic method that allows the resident to extract clear and very valuable ideas to apply in clinical practice. “Instead of receiving training through a master class in a passive way, residents share with the expert the development of the entire session. So, based mainly on clinical cases, the specific pathology is exposed and between the two they exchange opinions. Questions are asked to the audience and residents can vote on site for any of the options, an immediate interactive debate is held that consists of exchanging impressions with everyone present,” explains Dr. Plaza.