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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 3
Hours: 3 lecture per week (36 total per quarter)
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Student Learning Outcomes

  • The student will be able to describe and differentiate interventional pulmonology procedures.
  • The student will be able to explain other endoscopy and novel procedures in the field of interventional pulmonology.


Basic and advanced interventional pulmonology procedures. Procedures to be covered will include bronchoscopy, thoracoscopy, endoscopy, airway access procedures and novel techniques.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Describe diagnostic interventional pulmonology procedures
B. Describe therapeutic interventional pulmonology procedures
C. Explain thoracoscopy procedures
D. Describe airway access techniques
E. Describe other endoscopy and novel techniques

Course Content

A. Diagnostic procedures
1. Laryngoscopy
a. Indications for direct laryngoscopy
2. Diagnosis of vocal cord function and voice disorders
3. Biopsy techniques
4. Bronchoalveolar lavage
5. Endobronchial ultrasound
6. Esophageal ultrasound
7. EBUS guided biopsies
8. Autofluorescence and imaging techniques
9. Optical coherence tomography
10. Image-guided bronchoscopy
a. Virtual bronchoscopic navigation
B. Therapeutic procedures
1. Therapeutic bronchoscopy for airway obstruction
a. Foreign body removal
2. Airway stents
a. Metallic stents
b. Tube stents
c. Hybrid stents
3. Electrosurgery
4. Cryotherapy and cryodebridement
5. Microdebriders
6. Laser bronchoscopy
7. Brachytherapy
8. Photodynamic therapy
9. Balloon dilation techniques
10. Radiation therapy
a. Fiducial placement
11. Thermoplasty for severe asthma
12. Management of subglottic stenosis
13. Treatment and management of fistulas
14. Role of bronchoscopy in the management of hemoptysis
15. Lung volume reduction surgery
a. Bronchoscopic lung volume reduction
b. Surgical lung volume reduction
16. Ablation treatment
17. Endoscopic lung abscess drainage
18. Airway reconstructive surgery
19. Management of post-transplant disorders
C. Thoracoscopy procedures
1. Thoracentesis
2. Chest tube placement
3. Drain placement
4. Thoracoscopy and pleuroscopy procedures
5. Pleurodesis
6. VATS surgical procedures
7. Management of empyema and pleural effusions
D. Airway access techniques
1. Percutaneous tracheostomy
2. Cricothyroidotomy
3. Transtracheal oxygen catheter placement
E. Novel procedures
1. Natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES)
2. Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube placement
3. Whole lung lavage

Lab Content

Not applicable.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

A. Multimedia classroom
B. Computer access for online component

Method(s) of Evaluation

Methods of evaluation may include but are not limited to: quizzes, midterm, and a comprehensive final examination for knowledge of subject matter.

Method(s) of Instruction

Methods of instruction may include but are not limited to: lecture, discussion, online modules, and tutorials.

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Ernst and Herth. Principles and Practice of Interventional Pulmonology. New York: Springer Publishing, 2013. ISBN: 9781461442912 (This is a seminal textbook in this field of study.)


Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

Types of required reading and writing may include, but are not limited to: weekly reading from the textbook, cooperative learning exercises and online content.



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