Clinical Immunology & Allergy Residency Program

Rotation-Specific Goals and Objectives for Respirology

During the Respirology rotation, the resident will achieve the following in their role as:


  1. Develop solid knowledge base of the basic science and clinical information related to respiratory diseases particularly asthma, lung involvement in hypersensitivity and occupational diseases, auto-immune/rheumatological and vasculitic conditions.
  2. Gain proficiency in clinical diagnosis, investigational procedures and their interpretation relative to lower airway function and disease. Specific skills and interpretative strategies to be acquired: chest exam, pulmonary function testing, principles of bronchial challenges, sputum and exhaled, and gross interpretation of imaging studies.
  3. Acquire the principles and practical considerations of the management of respiratory diseases including the pharmacology of utilized treatment modalities.


  1. Establish a therapeutic relationship with patients with respiratory problems and with their families.
  2. Obtain appropriate information and synthesize the relevant history from patients and families with regards to respiratory conditions particularly in those with a significant allergic and immunological component. Assess the influence of environmental, cultural, and economic factors on the respiratory illness.
  3. Listen effectively to the information provided by patients and families and other health professionals involved in the care of the individual patients with respiratory diseases, particularly those with an allergic, autoimmune basis.
  4. Provide appropriate information to the patients with respiratory conditions, specifically those with an allergic/immunologic basis. Provide appropriate advice for environmental control, occupational exposures, asthma action plans, and problems related to respiratory conditions. Discuss appropriate information with the health care team when necessary.


  1. In consultation with the respirologist and other health care professionals involved in the care of the patients with respiratory diseases, develop a comprehensive care-plan for the patient assessed. While demonstrating the ability to incorporate the opinions of respiratory team members to enhance and contribute clinical allergy/immunology specific expertise to the respiratory team.


  1. Understand the function of the Respiratory department as part of a health care organization, utilize its resources to the effect of balancing patient care, learning needs and outside activities.
  2. Make appropriate decisions when allocating finite health care resources.
  3. Prioritize and execute tasks related to respiratory care in an efficient manner.
  4. Utilize information technology to optimize patient care, maintain life-long learning.


  1. Identify the important determinants of health affecting patients suffering from respiratory diseases, in particular those with allergic/immunologic basis.
  2. Contribute effectively to improve the health of patients by adapting the management according to the patients’ medical history, social circumstances, work environment, exposure to allergens or airway irritants.
  3. Recognize and respond to those issues where advocacy is appropriate indicate how relevant allergens and airway irritants may be avoided in work places, homes, schools, etc.


  1. Develop, implement and monitor a personal continuing education strategy with regards to respiratory diseases.
  2. Critically appraise sources of medical information with regards to respiratory problems particularly those with an allergic/immunological component.
  3. Participate in the process of learning of patients, house staff, and other health professionals with regards to respiratory problems.


  1. Deliver the highest quality care with integrity, honesty and compassion.
  2. Exhibit appropriate personal and interpersonal professional behaviors.
  3. Respect diversity of age, gender, disability, intelligence and socioeconomic status.
  4. Practice medicine ethically, consistent with the obligations of a physician.
  5. Exhibits punctuality