Pulmonary Medicine's Biggest Hits at CHEST 2022 Center

Pulmonary Medicine’s Biggest Hits at CHEST 2022 Center

For the first time in 3 years, the 2022 Annual Meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) will be held live and in person in Nashville, Tennessee, with great music, barbecues and, from 16 to October 19, the news awards in pulmonology, intensive care and sleep medicine.

This year’s abstract will of course include the usual suspects: oral summaries on the latest clinical and scientific advances, educational sessions to help attendees hone their skills, industry-sponsored symposia, live escape rooms – wait, escape rooms??

More on that in a minute. First, let’s hear from the organizers of this year’s meeting to find out what lies ahead.

CHEST gets personal

“We’re in person after a 3-year gap, and I think a lot of excitement is centered around achieving this in-person experience, which has always been amazing, even better, and even more meaningful,” said Subani, President of the CHEST 2022 program. Chandra, MD, FCCP, associate professor of medicine at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, in an interview with Medscape Medical News.

“I think it’s going to be a unique year, with more energy than we’ve ever seen in the past, because in addition to the typical educational program, there will be a lot of excitement about being back in person,” agreed Aneesa Das, MD, FCCP, professor of internal medicine at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and vice chair of the 2022 program committee.

In an interview, Das, a sleep medicine specialist, said she was particularly looking forward to a new addition to the popular “Pardon the Interruption” or “PTI” sessions, which are based on the ESPN sports talk show from the same name. Sessions feature three contestants debating hot topics in a given sub-specialty, earning points for factual accuracy and wit. Presentations should be concise and evidence-based, and each session is followed by a moderated debriefing period to allow audience members and participants to review the topics covered.

The new PTI sleep medicine session will focus on positive airway pressure (PAP) and non-PAP approaches to managing obstructive sleep apnea and first-line treatment of restless legs syndrome. Other PTI sessions, one on each of the four meeting days, will focus on controversies in asthma, pulmonary vascular disease and critical care.

Many voices, one goal

This year, there will be a particular focus on including young clinicians and trainees, with oral and digital summaries and poster presentations to support new voices and ideas from a rich and diverse group of newcomers.

As CHEST 2022 organizers state on the meeting website, “[o]Our program committee has taken care to ensure that our panels do not represent a single point of view or perspective. Each educational session will feature presenters from diverse backgrounds, including diversity of gender, race, degrees, institutions, and years of medical experience. We celebrate the diversity of our members and the patients we treat. In our concern for others, we strive for equity and inclusion.”

Chandra said this year’s meeting will also be enriched by both the lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic and the experience gained from hosting virtual meetings over the past 2 years.

New this year will be a series of practice-changing updates in pulmonary medicine and critical care, created in collaboration with the journal Chest. These sessions are in addition to the literature reviews and “Best of CHEST Journal” sessions that participants have benefited from in previous years.

For the new update sessions, “they have brought together leading researchers and clinicians and will review the latest feasible developments in the field that are truly changing practice,” Chandra said.

Education, fun and games

During more than 300 educational sessions, attendees can learn about the latest developments in intratumoral therapies for lung cancer, care of patients with COVID-19, including recommended protocols and planning for the surge for the next wave, and updates on CHEST guidelines on antithrombotic therapy for venous treatment. thromboembolic events, thromboprophylaxis in COVID-19 and lung cancer screening.

In addition to the calmer PowerPoint sessions, attendees will be invited to roll up their sleeves and participate in interactive sessions that will include simulation lessons, including a new session on diagnosing and managing complications in the bronchoscopy room, cardiopulmonary stress testing, a one-on-one clinic in which participants will be coached in direct laryngoscopy, and “everything you need to know and things you’re too afraid to ask about airway management, ventilation, and clearance lung for patients with tracheostomy tubes”.

Oh yeah, and those escape rooms we promised. This year there will be live escape rooms offering adventurous participants the chance to put their knowledge and clinical skills to good use collecting clues and solving puzzles in two missions.

Here’s how the reunion website presents it:

“Travel to the distant future where a spaceship’s shuttle has crashed and the crew on board need you to save them in Starship Relics. Then, travel to a mountain town where a mystery must be resolved and where a chilling twist awaits in The Asthma Ascent.”

There’s also a “last person standing” challenge in a game called Peer Pressure, in which up to 30 players at a time are faced with increasingly complex questions. Wrong answers result in player elimination until only one claims victory.

Social events

And of course, no CHEST meeting would be complete without special events, such as the CHEST Foundation’s 25th anniversary celebration, an opening reception for all attendees at Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon, complete with line dancing, live music and Nashville favorites, including desserts with Jack Daniel’s frosting.

Welcome to Nashville!

2022 Annual Meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST): October 16-19, Music City Center, Nashville, Tennessee.

Neil Osterweil, award-winning medical journalist, is a longtime and frequent contributor to Medscape.

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