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Pulmonary Function Testing

The PFT Series is open for registration. For an overview, please visit our portal welcome page at http://quality.thoracic.org

The PFT Series: Collaborating for Accelerated Change is a web-based quality improvement module designed for any physicians diagnosing or treating respiratory illness wishing to optimally interpret and integrate pulmonary function tests into their own practice. Internists and family physicians should feel comfortable electing this activity as the chart review section emphasizes spirometry. Pulmonologists who wish to improve their grasp of spirometry as well as other pulmonary function tests (PFTs) should benefit as the module includes course options geared toward the pulmonologist.

Highlights of this web-based activity include:

  • Customized assessment of individual learning need based on key patient vignettes, patient survey and chart review with recommendations for further study and interventions
  • Scoring of the physician’s management of his own patients according to a careful set of key measures
  • Using technology to allow blinded spirometry tracings to be uploaded into the module software for review by expert spirometry mentors
  • A set of formal course options allowing the generalist to start at the beginning and the specialist to start from an advanced level
  • A special resource section which includes the care team and other office staff in the learning
  • Patient education materials and links to other resources
  • Free access to the universally recognized ATS Pulmonary Function Laboratory Management and Procedure Manual, its clinical standards and its newsletter
  • One-on-one mentoring by a national cadre of PFT experts via e mail and telephone interview

The module is designated by the ATS for 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (per thePI CME format) and by the AAFP for 20 hours of prescribed credits.  The module is also approved for 20 points under ABIM MOC Part IV recertification standards. While we hope that all will complete the course, partial credit will also be awarded.

Three individual courses have been approved for one contact hour each of Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association for Respiratory Care.

To learn more, please contact Barbara Horner at bhorner@thoracic.org or via phone at 212-315-8693.