Pulmonary Rehabilitation & Exercise Prescription

Pulmonary Rehabilitation & Exercise Prescription

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Target Audience:

This course is open to physical therapists, respiratory therapists, nurses, physicians, exercise physiologists and pulmonary rehabilitation professionals

Course Format: A 1.5 day in-person course hosted in Vancouver with VC Distribution of course day 1 VC distribution to Prince George & Fort St John
  • Sep 22, 2018 to Sep 23, 2018
St Paul's Hospital
1081 Burrard St
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This interdisciplinary, continuing education course is the ultimate learning experience for all clinicians interested in pulmonary rehabilitation.

Day 1 - September 22, 2018 (full day - Vancouver, Prince George, Fort St. John sites)

  • Describe current pulmonary rehabilitation practices in Canada
  • Apply the latest research advances in pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Use the results of exercise testing to create evidence-based exercise prescriptions that address deficits in aerobic capacity, endurance & strength in people with chronic lung disease, including COPD& IPF
  • Progress exercise according to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) guidelines
  • Choose outcome measures to assess changes in physical function

Day 2 - September 23, 2018 (half day - Vancouver site only)

  • Administer field tests of aerobic capacity & muscle strength for exercise prescription for people in pulmonary rehabilitation

Please note:

  • Learners should let the organizers know if they are unable to act as a model for any of the tests at this will affect group membership.
  • Participants will receive a course package with reference material approximately 1 month prior to the course. The package will contain clearly identified, pre-reading for Sunday’s activities.

This course is offered with the generous support of the BC Lung Association of British Columbia (PRN-BC)

    Key Speakers

    Dr. Pat Camp, PT, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine at University of British Columbia (UBC), a Clinician-Scientist in the UBC Centre for Heart Lung Innovation, and is involved with the St. Paul’s Hospital Pulmonary Rehabilitation Clinic, which she founded in 1997.  Dr. Camp received her PT degree in 1994 and continued with an MSc (Rehabilitation Sciences) degree in 1998 and a PhD in 2008.  She holds an 8-year Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar Award and directs the UBC Pulmonary Rehabilitation Research Laboratory.  Dr. Camp supervises graduate students in Rehabilitation Science; Health Administration; and Health Promotion programs and also teaches physical therapy and medical students. 

    Dr. Camp’s research is focused on three main themes:  Pulmonary Rehabilitation for Hospitalized Patients with an Acute Exacerbation of COPD (AECOPD); Pulmonary Tele-Rehabilitation (with a specific focus on telehealth strategies to promote exercise and chronic disease management in remote and rural Indigenous communities); and Knowledge Translation and Quality Assessment for Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

    Dr. Gail Dechman, PT, PhD is an Assistant Professor at the School of Physiotherapy and the School of Health and Human Performance at Dalhousie University in Halifax. She is a research affiliate in the Division of Respirology at the QEII Hospital. Dr. Dechman received her BSc in Physiotherapy from Queen’s University and a PhD in Physiology from McGill University. She teaches exercise physiology and assessment and management of people with chronic cardiopulmonary diseases to students in Dalhousie University’s MSc PT program. She also supervises masters and PhD students exploring assessment of lung function as well as interventions to improve physical function in people with chronic lung disease.

    Dr. Dechman has worked with people with chronic pulmonary disease for more than 30 years. Her clinical and research interests include the use of exercise as a tool in chronic disease management. Dr. Dechman’s research explores how exercise and physical activity can improve health, function and quality of life. She also investigates methods to objectively assess the ability to perform activities of daily living in people with COPD. As a result Dr. Dechman has developed an appreciation for the complexities of exercise testing and prescription in that population.

    Dr. Chris Ryerson, MD completed his core clinical training at UBC and an ILD fellowship and Masters degree in clinical research at the University of California San Francisco. He is an Associate Professor at UBC and director of the St. Paul's Hospital ILD clinical and research program. He is involved in national and international clinical practice guidelines on the diagnosis and management of interstitial lung disease (ILD). His research focuses on non-pharmacological management and prognostication of fibrotic ILD.

    Dr. Yannick Molgat-Seon, PhD is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia. He conducts his research under the supervision of Dr. Jordan Guenette in the Cardiopulmonary Exercise Physiology Laboratory located in the Centre for Heart Lung Innovation at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia. His research focuses on evaluating the mechanisms of dyspnea and exercise limitation in patients with interstitial lung disease. Outside of academics, Yannick enjoys cycling, backcountry skiing, and traveling.

    Alanna Simms, MSc, PT is a Physiotherapist with over 10 years of practice with the Pulmonary Rehabilitation program at Vernon Jubilee Hospital. She leads the North Okanagan chapter of the BC Lung Association Better Breathers. Her degrees include a BSc (PT) from the University of Toronto and MSc. Rehabilitation from the University of British Columbia. Her research project compared a traditional didactic versus theory-based intervention to increase use of inspiratory muscle training in Pulmonary Rehabilitation. She is currently a co-investigator on a Pulmonary Tele-rehabilitation project with IH/ UBC. Outside of work, Alanna enjoys active play with her husband and two children, triathlon, trail running, camping, and learning to unicycle. 

    Darrel Hagel, MRSc, BScPT is a practicing Physical Therapist with 15 years of experience in a mixed setting of pulmonary rehabilitation, cardiac rehabilitation and private practice orthopedics. He obtained his undergraduate degree (BSc PT) from the University of Alberta, and recently completed his Masters of Rehabilitation Science from the University of British Columbia. His research project examined the use of a multidisciplinary group medical visit to follow up with patients after discharge from cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. Darrel currently works in Penticton BC, where he lives with his wife and 3 young boys.

    Please click here for more information on the speakers: Speaker Bios

    Skills Gained

    • Learners will administer the tests according to guidelines and procedures approved by the ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) and professional societies. Some activities will be accompanied by video scenarios to assess participants’ understanding of the content.
    • Learners will take the role of test administrator or patient/model during these activities. Therefore, you should wear clothing appropriate for exercise testing (comfortable walking shoes, loose pants or shorts).
    • During the SWT we try to simulate the feeling of shortness of breath by having the models breathe through a straw and wrapping their chest with straps to constrict chest wall movement.


    Regular Rate:

    $300 for registration in Vancouver (host site)

    $145 for registration in Prince George

    $145 for registration in Fort St. John

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