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CHEST Pulse Podcast

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The CHEST Pulse podcast provides clinicians practicing in the pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine fields with the information they need to provide the best patient care. Listen to discussions on hot topics with experts in the field, including those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Piece by Piece: Conversations With CHEST Leadership – Simulation Learning

Originally aired: November 10, 2022
CHEST President, David Schulman, MD, MPH, FCCP, is joined by CHEST Board of Regents Member, Dr. Alex Niven, as they discuss the beginnings of CHEST simulations and adult education.

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Recent Episodes


A Conversation With Center for Tobacco Products Director, Dr. Brian King

Originally aired: November 9, 2022
Frank T. Leone, MD, MS, FCCP, Chair of CHEST’s Tobacco/Vaping Work Group, spoke with Brian King, PhD, MPH, the recently appointed Director of the Center for Tobacco Products, about priorities for the agency, its enforcement capacity, the evaluation of electronic cigarettes, and reducing nicotine content in cigarettes.

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Piece by Piece: Conversations With CHEST Leadership – Utilizing CHEST

Originally aired: September 7, 2022
CHEST President, David Schulman, MD, MPH, FCCP, is joined by CHEST President Designate, Jack Buckley, MD, MPH, FCCP, to talk about utilizing the CHEST network and opportunities.

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Piece by Piece: Conversations With CHEST Leadership – Finding Balance

Originally aired: August 2, 2022
CHEST President David Schulman, MD, MPH, FCCP, is joined by CHEST Scientific Program Committee Vice Chair-Elect, Gabe Bosslet, MD, FCCP, to talk about his recent advocacy work, finding a work/life balance and recognizing how and when to say no.

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Disaster Response and Global Health Section Interview: Monkeypox—What We Need to Know

Originally aired: June 21, 2022
Ryan Maves, MD, FCCP, Chair of the Disaster Response and Global Health Section of CHEST’s Chest Infections and Disaster Response Network, sits down with infectious disease specialist Edith Lederman, MD, to discuss the current monkeypox outbreak.

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Piece by Piece: Conversations With CHEST Leadership – Education

Originally aired: June 16, 2022
CHEST President, David Schulman, MD, MPH, FCCP, is joined by Chair of the CHEST Education Committee, Amy E. Morris, MD, FCCP, to talk about getting involved with CHEST’s educational initiatives.

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Bridging Specialties™: Timely Diagnosis for ILD Patients

Originally aired: May 13, 2022
There are many barriers to reaching a definitive diagnosis for interstitial lung diseases like pulmonary fibrosis. In this episode, panelists discuss these obstacles—and how we can overcome them.

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COVID Beyond the ICU: Management of Post-COVID-19 Pulmonary Disease

Originally aired: April 14, 2022
A panel of international experts discuss the delayed manifestations of pulmonary disease from COVID-19. This webinar focuses on signs and symptoms of post-COVID-19 pulmonary disease, tools for evaluation, and the emerging data on management strategies.

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Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Medical Education

Originally aired: March 24, 2022
The COVID-19 pandemic affected medical education in multiple ways, as trainees, educators, and training programs had to adapt rapidly to the public health measures. In this episode, panelists reflect on the impact of the pandemic, share the lessons learned, and discuss the future of medical education in the post-pandemic era.

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Piece by Piece: Conversations With CHEST Leadership – Private Practice

Originally aired: April 11, 2022
CHEST President David Schulman, MD, MPH, FCCP, is joined by CHEST Past President (2017-2018) John E. Studdard, MD, FCCP, to talk about working in private practice and his involvement in CHEST advocacy efforts.

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Where Did Our ICU Staff Go? Staffing Challenges During and After the Pandemic

Originally aired: March 10, 2022
As we enter the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, early limitations in ventilators and PPE have been replaced by acute shortages of clinical staff. Surveys of critical care physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and respiratory therapists reveal that high numbers have left or will leave their professions in the near term. In this episode, our expert panelists discuss the sources of ICU staff shortage, the contribution of pandemic burnout, and the ways that we can support one another while rebuilding our health systems for the future.

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Piece by Piece: Conversations With CHEST Leadership – Guidelines

Originally aired: March 8, 2022
CHEST President David Schulman, MD, MPH, FCCP, is joined by Chair of the CHEST Guidelines and Oversight Committee, Lisa Moores, MD, FCCP, to talk about the process to create medical guidelines and how to get involved with the committee.

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Oral Antivirals for COVID-19

Originally aired: January 27, 2022
Oral antiviral agents may be a promising tool to reduce hospitalizations and death in patients with COVID-19. New data and research about these therapies are emerging. In this episode, experts discuss oral antiviral agents for COVID-19 and the uses of these medications.

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ECMO for Severe COVID-19: Clinical Controversies and Lessons Learned

Originally aired: January 13, 2022
ECMO use expanded greatly during the COVID-19 pandemic. But despite this increased use, outcomes have been mixed. The use of this technique also requires substantial resources from health systems that are already stressed. In this episode, ARDS experts discuss the challenges of caring for the sickest patients with COVID-19. They also review the most recent lessons learned regarding patient selection and duration of treatment for COVID-19 ECMO.

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Piece by Piece: Conversations With CHEST Leadership – CHEST 2022

Originally aired: January 18, 2022
CHEST President David Schulman, MD, MPH, FCCP, is joined by CHEST 2022 Scientific Program Committee Chair and Vice-Chair Subani Chandra, MD, FCCP, and Aneesa Das, MD, FCCP, to talk about getting involved with CHEST and what to expect from the upcoming meeting in Nashville, October 16-19, 2022.

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COVID-19 Vaccines: An Update for the Pulmonologist

Originally aired: December 2, 2021
It has now been a year since the first vaccines against COVID-19 have become available, providing the world with our best defense against the pandemic. In this session, our expert panelists review the current state of the science on vaccines, variants, boosters, and emerging strategies to protect our most vulnerable patients. Additionally, they address strategies to reduce vaccine hesitancy in our patients and other health care workers.

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Piece by Piece: Conversations With CHEST Leadership – CHEST 2021

Originally aired: December 20, 2021
CHEST President-Elect David Schulman, MD, MPH, FCCP, is joined by CHEST 2021 Scientific Program Committee Co-Chairs Christopher L. Carroll, MD, FCCP, and David Zielinski, MD, FCCP, to talk about planning an annual meeting in a virtual environment and how they encourage others to get involved in the planning process.

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Pulmonary Fibrosis After COVID-19: Treatments and Transplant

Originally aired: October 28, 2021
Hear from pulmonologists about the outlook of post-COVID chronic lung disease, including a discussion of what we understand about the factors that contribute to the development of post-COVID fibrosis, the role of emerging therapies such as antifibrotics and antiinflammatory agents, and when to consider lung transplantation.

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COVID-19 in India: What Strategies Worked and What Could Have Been Handled Better

Originally aired: September 16, 2021
This episode reviews the challenges and triumphs in India’s approach to COVID-19 and lessons for public health in the Indian context. Hear how global collaborations helped India respond to COVID-19 and understand areas of opportunity to strengthen these collaborations for future pandemics.

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Management of Severe COVID-19 in Peru: From Evidence to Clinical Practice

Originally aired: August 18, 2021
In this episode, experts in the field of critical care medicine share their experiences managing patients with severe COVID-19 in Peru, with an emphasis on controversial topics, while answering questions from the audience.

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Treating COVID-19 in Resource-Limited Settings: Brazil

Originally aired: August 5, 2021
Medical resources are scarce in Brazil. The scarcity and inequality of distribution were highlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this episode, we talk to three physicians who were at the front line during the pandemic and learn how they managed their patients and the resources available to them.

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Updates on Coma Science and Sedation Practices for Patients With COVID-19 and Beyond

Originally aired: July 15, 2021
Coma science is a rapidly evolving field. In this episode, expert panelists share how our understanding of coma and consciousness recovery is changing for patients with and without COVID-19. They also discuss how COVID-19 forced us to rethink and adapt sedation practices for critically ill patients and how this may have contributed to increasing delirium and disorders of consciousness.

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PTSD and Moral Distress in Patients and Providers – Recognition and Tools to Help

Originally aired: July 8, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic created numerous circumstances that placed people into morally and ethically challenging situations that have caused moral distress and even moral injury for some. The pandemic has also negatively impacted mental health for a large number of people. In this episode, hear about key findings regarding moral distress, moral injury, and mental health affecting both patients and health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as information on resources that can help.

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COVID-19: How Did 1918 Prepare Us for Today? How Will 2020-2021 Prepare Us for Tomorrow?

Originally aired: June 24, 2021
The Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 has in many ways guided the public health, economic, and social responses to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Most of those “lessons learned” proved useful, many perhaps not, and certainly, some have been controversial. This episode examines historical lessons from 1918, how they played out for COVID-19, and how these two pandemics will help us (hopefully) prepare for the next one.

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Managing Pulmonary Complications From Cancer During the Pandemic and Beyond: Pleural Effusion, Airway Obstruction, and Pneumonitis

Originally aired: June 10, 2021
Expert interventional pulmonologists and medical oncologists discuss the management of malignant pleural effusion, airway obstruction, and immune-related pneumonitis during the COVID-19 pandemic. The panelists review the literature on these topics and share their own personal and institutional experiences.

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COVID-19: Maximizing Utility While Conserving Resources

Originally aired: May 17, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic in India has stretched health care resources to the limit. In this episode, experts share strategies for maximizing limited resources, oxygen conservation evidence, and how to build up capacity in preparation for the next wave—as well as what people overseas can do to help.

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COVID-19 Resurgence: What's Different This Time Around?

Originally aired: May 13, 2021
In this episode, experts from countries facing the new wave of COVID-19 discuss if the surges seen in certain countries are simply an increase in the number of cases, or if there are new features of the disease for which we should be prepared.

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Impact of COVID-19 on Children

Originally aired: April 29, 2021
Children have been less impacted by the pandemic than adults, but its direct and indirect effects still have been significant. Additionally, a newly identified hyperinflammatory syndrome, MIS-C, has caused multisystem critical illness in some children. In this episode, an expert panel reviews the impacts of COVID-19 on children, including the clinical manifestations and potential etiologies of MIS-C and the indirect effects of the pandemic.

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Challenges to Recovery: COVID-19 and Beyond

Originally aired: April 15, 2021
As we move into the second year of the pandemic, health care workers and the general public across the globe are struggling to get back to normalcy. In this episode, our expert panelists discuss how to safely reopen clinical practices and how the public can safely engage in health-promoting activities, like exercise and travel, as we prepare for a future beyond COVID-19.

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Update on Anticoagulation in COVID-19

Originally aired: April 1, 2021
Patients with COVID-19 have an increased risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE), but the best strategy for the prevention and care of VTE remains elusive. Observational studies have suggested that empiric full anticoagulation in patients with COVID-19 is ineffective or indeed harmful. Recently, however, multiple large platform trials (ACTIV-4a, ATTACC, and REMAP-CAP) have provided surprising new evidence in favor of full anticoagulation in selected populations. In this episode, our panel of experts review the newest data and provide insights on how we can best care for patients in this next phase of the pandemic.

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Building Trust: COVID-19 Vaccination Hesitancy Among Clinicians

Originally aired: March 18, 2021
The past 12 months have brought incredible loss, but there are glimmers of hope as multiple vaccines have received emergency use authorization. However, potential side effects, lack of diversity in clinical trials, access issues, and new COVID-19 variants have created hesitancy among some clinicians. In this episode, panelists address clinician vaccine hesitancy and how to build trust within and among our professions.

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COVID-19 Therapeutics: What Do the Guidelines Say?

Originally aired: March 11, 2021
This episode highlights key takeaways for the use of tocilizumab, remdesivir, monoclonal antibodies, and other therapeutics in patients with COVID-19 from the National Institutes of Health, European Respiratory Society, Infectious Diseases Society of America, and Surviving Sepsis Campaign COVID-19 guidelines.

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Bronchoscopy and Tracheostomy During COVID-19: What Have We Learned in the Past Year?

Originally aired: February 25, 2021
In this episode, learn when and how to safely perform bronchoscopy and tracheostomy in patients with COVID-19. A multi- and cross-disciplinary panel of speakers will discuss the existing guidelines and consensus statements, review recent publications, and share their own personal and institutional experience.

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COVID-19 Vaccination: Challenges in Immunizing a Global Population

Originally aired: February 11, 2021
Managing COVID-19 patients and now immunizing the population has been an evolving problem over the last several months. The challenges facing clinicians and leaders have been especially difficult for those in resource-poor and low/middle-income countries. This episode seeks to highlight those issues while discussing opportunities for success in these settings.

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Rehabilitation, Recovery, and Resilience After COVID-19

Originally aired: February 4, 2021
Survivors of COVID-19 may have continued health issues—both physical and mental—after their initial recovery. Chronic critical illness, depression, and fatigue are all common and require dedicated care. This episode brings together leaders with diverse viewpoints to help us better understand and prepare for challenges in rehabilitation and recovery and to promote resilience among COVID-19 survivors.

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COVID-19 in Congregate Settings

Originally aired: January 28, 2021
COVID-19 outbreaks are sadly frequent occurrences in long-term care facilities and correctional institutions. Despite their obvious differences, these settings share a key feature: Large numbers of potentially vulnerable persons placed in close proximity, with a high risk for viral transmission. In this episode, our expert panel discusses the different strategies that health systems and public health authorities can use to protect and care for people in these congregate settings.

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Lessons About COVID-19 Survivorship: From Long COVID to Post-Intensive Care Syndrome

Originally aired: January 21, 2021
This episode focuses on the similarities and differences between "long COVID" and other post-viral syndromes for noncritically ill patients, potential management strategies for long COVID, and how long COVID could affect young, healthy individuals. For critically ill patients, the panelists discuss similarities, differences, and potential management strategies for post-intensive care syndrome.

Supported in part through an unrestricted educational grant from Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

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Who Goes First? Ethics and Impact of Targeted Vaccinations for COVID-19

Originally aired: January 7, 2021
As the initial doses of COVID-19 vaccines are deployed throughout the world, there is a continued debate on which groups should be next in line for vaccination. This episode features an expert panel discussing the rationale and ethical dilemmas of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan.

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Hindsight Is 20/20 – What We've Learned About COVID-19 (Part III: Ethics, Research, and Communication)

Recorded: December 17, 2020
In the final installment of this three-part series on what the medical community has learned about COVID-19 over the past year, listen to experts discuss the ethics of care in crisis, conducting research during a pandemic, and how science communications have changed.

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Hindsight Is 20/20 – What We've Learned About COVID-19 (Part II: Bedside Care)

Recorded: December 10, 2020
In the second installment of this three-part series on what the medical community has learned about COVID-19 over the past year, hear about the evolution of critical care management, respiratory support strategies, COVID-19-targeted therapies, and treatment of venous thromboembolism.

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Hindsight Is 20/20 – What We've Learned About COVID-19 (Part I: Systems of Care)

Recorded: December 3, 2020
While much is still unknown about COVID-19, the medical community has made significant strides throughout 2020 in its understanding of this disease, as well as how health-care systems can adapt to better care for patients. In the first installment of this three-part series, hear from clinicians who have spent months on the COVID-19 front lines about changes to systems/ICU organization, visitation and family-centered care, and medical education.

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Small Military Teams Deploying to COVID Hot Zones

Recorded: November 19, 2020
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, the US military has deployed teams to support health systems that have been hit the hardest by surging cases of disease. In this episode, expert panelists discuss lessons learned during these deployments, principles for providing care in resource-limited settings, and ways to integrate new teams within existing systems.

This program was made possible by an independent grant from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., who provided financial support for the program.

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Managing COVID-19 in Special Populations

Recorded: November 12, 2020
The management of COVID-19 in certain patient populations requires special considerations. In this episode, join our experts for a discussion on COVID-19 care for patients with autoimmune disease, pregnant women, and patients with malignancies.

This program was made possible by an independent grant from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., who provided financial support for the program.

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COVID-19 Care in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Recorded: November 5, 2020
In this episode, some of the world’s leading intensivists from low- and middle-income countries discuss the special challenges that they have faced on the COVID-19 front lines, talk about what their countries are doing to combat the disease, and explore the impact of COVID-19 on their flu season as they are emerging from winter into spring.

This program was made possible by an independent grant from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., who provided financial support for the program.

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The COVID-19 News You Need From CHEST 2020

Recorded: October 29, 2020
This year’s CHEST Annual Meeting program featured a wide variety of sessions designed to keep clinicians up-to-date on the latest COVID-19 science and patient care. Listen as a panel of experts discusses highlights, key takeaways, and important insights from the COVID-19 presentations at CHEST 2020.

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Lung Transplantation in the Era of COVID-19

Recorded: October 8, 2020
Hear about lung transplantation donation during COVID-19, the management and outcome of lung transplant recipients with COVID-19, and lung transplantation for COVID-19-related respiratory failure.

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Strategies to Combat Stress and Fatigue

Recorded: August 19, 2020
Health-care providers in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine face a unique set of challenges caring for patients with COVID-19. Traditional coping mechanisms are stretched and sometimes exhausted. Previously unfamiliar stressors call for a revisit of our strategies to combat stress and fatigue.

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