Pediatric Flexible Bronchoscopy Postgraduate Course

Principles and Practice of Flexible Bronchoscopy in Pediatric Patients Course

Each year, Robert Wood, MD, PhD, holds a postgraduate course on the principles and practice of flexible bronchoscopy in pediatric patients. The next course is scheduled for Sept. 12-15, 2017, in Cincinnati, OH.

Pediatric pulmonologists and other pediatric subspecialists with interest are invited to attend. Registration is limited to 48 physicians. Endoscopy assistants may attend the course by special arrangement; please contact the course director, Robert Wood, MD, PhD ( for information about the assistant’s program.
The course is an intensive four-day program involving lectures, demonstrations, hands-on laboratory exercises in model systems, video laboratories, which review normal and abnormal endoscopic findings, and a BAL lab. The course is designed to give a comprehensive introduction to pediatric bronchology and assumes no previous endoscopic experience. During the laboratory sessions, endoscopy assistants will have their own programs.

Day 1

  • Introduction to bronchology
  • Indications for bronchoscopy 
  • Instrumentation for bronchoscopy
  • The care and feeding of flexible bronchoscopes
  • The lower airways – normal and abnormal findings at bronchoscopy
  • Laboratory
  • Models lab 1
  • Video lab 1 – endoscopic anatomy

Day 2

  • Anesthesia / sedation for flexible bronchoscopy
  • The upper airways – normal and abnormal findings
  • Rigid bronchoscopy – comparison of indications and techniques
  • Laboratory
  • Models lab 2
  • Video lab 2 – the lower airways

Day 3

  • Organizing and operating a bronchoscopy program and the role of the assistants
  • Bronchoalveolar lavage – indications and technique
  • Special endoscopic techniques (biopsy, brushing, bronchoscopic intubation, etc.)
  • Bronchoscopy in the pediatric and neonatal intensive care units
  • Laboratory
  • Models lab 3
  • Video lab 3 – the upper airways

Day 4

  • Bronchoalveolar lavage – findings and interpretation
  • Complications of bronchoscopy
  • The education of a bronchoscopist
  • Panel discussion with faculty
  • Laboratory
  • Models lab 4
  • BAL lab
This course does not, by itself, qualify anyone to independently perform endoscopic procedures on patients. This course is a comprehensive introduction to the theory and practice of pediatric flexible bronchoscopy. Considerable further training and experience will be required of those who are not already qualified for such practice within their own institutions.

Contact Us

Steven C. Moore, RN, BSN
Program Coordinator

Pulmonary Bronchoscopy
Cincinnati Children's
3333 Burnet Avenue, MLC - 2021
Cincinnati, OH 45229-3039

Phone: 513-803-1654
Fax: 513-636-7734