ERS School Courses
The key event in the ERS School year remains the society’s annual congress. Every year, the School organises about 20 PG courses, 16 Meet-the-Expert seminars and six Morning Seminars, all of which are held during the annual ERS Congress. These courses are intended to provide basic knowledge and practical skills in various fields of respiratory medicine. Some include practical facilities and interactive sessions, and popular topics include noninvasive ventilation (NIV), respiratory sleep disorders, rehabilitation, exercise testing, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), interstitial lung disease, lung cancer, lung imaging and pulmonary hypertension. More than 2000 participants attend these events each year.
The School also organises between six and eight 3-day external courses each year. The most popular course topics include interventional procedures, respiratory sleep medicine and NIV. These courses are intended to provide a deeper understanding of the selected topic, with more than half of the time devoted to practical and interactive sessions.
In 2012, the first HERMES Summer School was held to help candidates prepare for the HERMES European examination in adult respiratory medicine. The course programme covered all of the important topics in the HERMES syllabus and included revision of the supporting literature and multiple-choice questions. Similar courses will be organised in the future by national respiratory societies under the supervision and approval of the ERS School.