What does Respiratory Medicine have to offer?
All respiratory physicians must have practical skills in undertaking pleural aspiration, biopsy and intubation and also in bronchoscopy and transbronchial lung biopsies.
All respiratory physicians must understand lung physiology and be able to interpret lung function studies.
Usually respiratory physicians work with at least one other colleague in the specialty and so an individual will have a particular sub-specialty interest, which may include lung cancer, asthma or sleep related disorders. In specialised units, sub-specialty interests include cystic fibrosis, occupational lung disease and mycobacterial disease.